I think that what kept me distanced to the Friend request by Laura Marshall was the protagonist Louise. As a teenage girl she chooses to stick with the popular girls and abandons two others that nobody else whats to be friends with,
Esther and Maria. For a young girl, the school is pretty much her whole life,
so as a reader you are inclined to show her some sympathy at this point.
However the choices she makes later in her adult life make you care about her even less.
Louise enters adulthood with a heavy concience. She is frightened, ashamed and feels guilty about something. Something that has happened twenty five years ago at a school party, after which the new girl Maria disappeared, never to be found again.
Louise grows up and leaves her hometown. She gets married and has a child.
Then one day just before a school reunion, she gets a message on Facebook.
The message is from a girl whom she thought to be dead for a long time.
Louise doesn’t know what to think. Is it possible that Maria is alive after all?
Parts of the book seemed to drag along, especially towards the end.
It was hard to justify some of the decisions that Louise was making.
She acted more like a silly teenager rather than an adult woman. She thought she has changed for the better just because she was nicer towards others, but her moral spine was in fact still rather weak.
Overall, I am afraid just two envelopes , car tyres or apples.
Envelopes, car tyres or apples rating:
– one of the best books I read
– good read
– disappointed, I thought it was going to be better
– don’t waste your time