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    • ISBN:9780751568356
    • Publication date:11 Jan 2018

Friend Request

The most addictive psychological thriller you'll read this year

By Laura Marshall

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Maria wants to be friends.
But Maria is dead.
Isn't she?

A pulse-pounding psychological thriller for fans of The Couple Next Door, The Girlfriend and The Escape

***THE SUNDAY TIMES & NO.1 EBOOK BESTSELLER***
***OVER 250,000 COPIES SOLD***

'Twisty and gripping' Erin Kelly
'I read it in one go' Marian Keyes
'I loved it' Rachel Abbott

*****

Maria Weston wants to be friends with me

Maybe that had been the problem all along: Maria Weston had wanted to be friends with me, but I let her down.

She's been hovering at the edge of my consciousness for all of my adult life, although I've been good at keeping her out, just a blurred shadow in the corner of my eye, almost but not quite out of sight.

Maria Weston wants to be friends.

But Maria Weston has been dead for more than twenty-five years.

*****

THE ADDICTIVE PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER THAT EVERYONE'S RAVING ABOUT - perfect for fans of He Said/She Said, The Couple Next Door and I See You.

'The twist is genuinely unexpected . . . This is an obvious choice if you enjoyed The Girl on the TrainIndependent

'I couldn't put it down!' Jenny Blackhurst, author of The Foster Child

'A mystery with a genius premise' Stylist

'A devour-in-one-sitting must' Heat

'Tightly plotted, and with a fabulous twist' Sunday Mirror

'Gripping . . . loved it from start to finish' Goodreads Reviewer

'Twisty and gripping . . . You must read this!' Emma Kavanagh, author of Falling

'Twists and turns and real life scenarios make this a fantastic thriller' Amazon Reviewer

Biographical Notes

Laura Marshall grew up in Wiltshire and studied English at the University of Sussex.

After almost twenty years working in conference production, in 2015 Laura decided it was time to fulfil a lifetime's ambition to write a book, and enrolled on the Curtis Brown Creative three month novel writing course. Laura's debut novel, Friend Request, was an ebook number one bestseller and was shortlisted for both the Bath Novel Award and the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize 2016. Three Litle Lies is Laura's second novel.

Laura lives in Kent with her husband and two children.

For more information visit Laura's website www.lauramarshall.co.uk or find her at www.facebook.com/lauramarshallauthor or on Twitter @laurajm8 #FriendRequestBook

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  • Publication date: 27 Jul 2017
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A read-it-in-one-sitting thriller . . . Twisty and gripping but always relatable, Friend Request is the ultimate it-could-happen-to-you read — Erin Kelly, author of He Said/She Said
I read it in one go . . . supremely grippy with an excellent twist! — Sunday Times bestseller, Marian Keyes
Sharp, relevant and tightly plotted, and with a fabulous twist, psychological thriller fans should definitely say yes to this impressive debut. — Sunday Mirror
Brilliant — Sunday Times bestseller, Jenny Colgan
Laura Marshall ramps up the tension page by page until it's impossible to know who to trust. It's a book that should make everybody realise how vulnerable social media can make them. I loved it! — Number one kindle bestseller, Rachel Abbott
Fabulous! Twisty and gripping with huge depth and heart. These characters and the danger they face will stay with you long after the final page. You must read this! — Emma Kavanagh, author of Falling
Tightly plotted and brilliantly tense, this is a devour-in-one-sitting must. — Heat
Pulp fiction at its finest, FRIEND REQUEST is a mystery with a genius premise — Stylist
I couldn't put it down! — Jenny Blackhurst, author of the number one ebook bestseller How I Lost You
An incredible debut novel that's not to be missed! Fantastic writing that instantly drew me in. I simply couldn't put it down - such a fast-paced, exciting thriller with some unexpected twists and turns. I loved it! — Hollie Overton, Sunday Times bestselling author of Baby Doll
Imagine getting a Facebook message from a schoolfriend whose death you blame yourself for . . . That's the eerie premise for Laura Marshall's unnerving novel, FRIEND REQUEST, about mean girls and dark secrets. — Good Housekeeping
This thriller grips you right from the tag line . . . An accomplished debut novel with insights into social media, its dangers and how much we leave ourselves open online — i News
A slick psychological thriller with a killer hook — Red Online
Utterly gripping and so astute on the dangerous dynamics of teenage girl friendships — Tammy Cohen, author of When She Was Bad
FRIEND REQUEST by Laura Marshall is a cleverly plotted, enticing mix of suspense, regret and redemption. Marshall skillfully skips back in forth in time, building unrelenting tension in this utterly riveting psychological thriller. After reading FRIEND REQUEST, I will never look at social media the same way again — New York Times bestselling author, Heather Gudenkauf
A gripping read — Closer
Intriguing and compulsive, this deftly plotted debut asks uncomfortable questions about the nature of friendship - both on Facebook and in real life. I raced to the end. — Louise Candlish
An accomplished debut novel which not only boasts an engrossing storyline, but also perfectly captures teenage angst and the need to be accepted . . . Marshall shows real promise to become a firm thriller favourite. — Irish News
Just try to keep the chills away when Louise gets a Facebook request from a "friend" who's been dead for 25 years. — Cosmopolitan US
An astonishingly good debut — Sun
A read-it-in-one-sitting thriller . . . Twisty and gripping but always relatable, Friend Request is the ultimate it-could-happen-to-you read
I read it in one go . . . supremely grippy with an excellent twist!
Sharp, relevant and tightly plotted, and with a fabulous twist, psychological thriller fans should definitely say yes to this impressive debut.
Brilliant
Laura Marshall ramps up the tension page by page until it's impossible to know who to trust. It's a book that should make everybody realise how vulnerable social media can make them. I loved it!
Fabulous! Twisty and gripping with huge depth and heart. These characters and the danger they face will stay with you long after the final page. You must read this!
Tightly plotted and brilliantly tense, this is a devour-in-one-sitting must.
Pulp fiction at its finest, FRIEND REQUEST is a mystery with a genius premise
I couldn't put it down!
An incredible debut novel that's not to be missed! Fantastic writing that instantly drew me in. I simply couldn't put it down - such a fast-paced, exciting thriller with some unexpected twists and turns. I loved it!
Imagine getting a Facebook message from a schoolfriend whose death you blame yourself for . . . That's the eerie premise for Laura Marshall's unnerving novel, FRIEND REQUEST, about mean girls and dark secrets.
This thriller grips you right from the tag line . . . An accomplished debut novel with insights into social media, its dangers and how much we leave ourselves open online
A slick psychological thriller with a killer hook
Utterly gripping and so astute on the dangerous dynamics of teenage girl friendships
FRIEND REQUEST by Laura Marshall is a cleverly plotted, enticing mix of suspense, regret and redemption. Marshall skillfully skips back in forth in time, building unrelenting tension in this utterly riveting psychological thriller. After reading FRIEND REQUEST, I will never look at social media the same way again
A gripping read
Intriguing and compulsive, this deftly plotted debut asks uncomfortable questions about the nature of friendship - both on Facebook and in real life. I raced to the end.
An accomplished debut novel which not only boasts an engrossing storyline, but also perfectly captures teenage angst and the need to be accepted . . . Marshall shows real promise to become a firm thriller favourite.
Just try to keep the chills away when Louise gets a Facebook request from a "friend" who's been dead for 25 years.
An astonishingly good debut
Hachette Audio

Three Little Lies

Laura Marshall
Authors:
Laura Marshall

'Addictive' Caz Frear'Brilliant' Fiona Cummins'Compulsive' Rachel Abbott***** Sasha North has gone missing.Everyone says she's run away, but I know better. We've been best friends since we were teenagers, since Sasha swept into the neighbourhood and brought colour to my life. Until a brutal attack changed both our lives forever.I know what happened that night. I know who wants revenge. And if Sasha has been taken, does that mean I'm next? *****What people are saying about THREE LITTLE LIES: 'If you loved FRIEND REQUEST, you'll devour THREE LITTLE LIES. You won't know who to believe and you won't be able to put it down until you get to the (shocking) truth. Great stuff!' CJ Tudor, bestselling author of THE CHALK MAN'A compulsive psychological thriller with compelling characters and a twisty plot' Jenny Quintana, bestselling author of THE MISSING GIRL 'I raced through this, genuinely unable to put it down. Another brilliant, compelling novel' Karen Hamilton, bestselling author of THE PERFECT GIRLFRIEND 'A realistic coming-of-age tale that drew me in, Laura's masterful plot and ability to interweave past and present so skilful I was completely blind-sided by the brilliant final twist' Amanda Reynolds, bestselling author of LYING TO YOU 'Couldn't put THREE LITTLE LIES down . . . a taut, absorbing and hugely addictive thriller' Chris Whitaker, bestselling author of ALL THE MISSING GIRLS*****Praise for Laura Marshall's debut thriller FRIEND REQUEST: 'An excellent twist' Marian Keyes'A read-it-in-one-sitting thriller . . . Twisty and gripping but always relatable' Erin Kelly'Brilliant' Jenny Colgan'Laura Marshall ramps up the tension page by page until it's impossible to know who to trust . . . I loved it!' Rachel Abbott'Unnerving' GOOD HOUSEKEEPING'Sharp, relevant and tightly plotted, with a fabulous twist' SUNDAY MIRROR'Twisty and gripping . . . You must read this!' Emma Kavanagh'Tightly plotted and brilliantly tense, this is a devour-in-one-sitting must' HEAT'I simply couldn't put it down . . . a fast-paced, exciting thriller' Hollie Overton'A slick psychological thriller with a killer hook' RED ONLINE'Intriguing and compulsive' Louise Candlish'A gripping read' CLOSER'Utterly gripping' Tammy Cohen

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