Category: Book Review

Friend Request by Laura Marshall

Posted December 26, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 0 Comments

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Friend Request by Laura MarshallFriend Request by Laura Marshall
Published by Grand Central Publishing on September 5, 2017
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: the Publisher
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three-half-stars
two-flames

A GRIPPING, DEBUT PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER THAT PUTS A MODERN TWIST ON A CLASSIC CONCEIT.

When Louise first notices the new girl who has mysteriously transferred late into their senior year, Maria seems to be everything the girls Louise hangs out with aren't. Authentic. Funny. Brash. Uncensored and unapologetic. Days into their acquaintance, Maria and Louise are quickly on their way to becoming fast friends.

Decades later, when Maria reaches out over social media, Louise's heart nearly stops. Long-buried memories quickly rise to the surface--those first days of their budding connection, the awful judgment of the young women who felt at the time like her sole gateway to belonging. The fateful, tragic night that would change all their lives forever.

Her entire adult life, Louise has known if the truth ever came out, she could stand to lose everything. Her job. Her son. Her freedom. Maria's sudden reemergence threatens it all, and forces Louise to reconnect with everyone she'd severed ties with to get away from the past. Trying to piece together exactly what happened that night, she soon discovers there's much she didn't know. The only certainty is that Maria Weston disappeared that night, never to be heard from again--until now.

 

 
Louise Williams is a divorced mother who works from home as a freelance interior designer. She doesn’t have a lot of friends and devotes much of her life to 4-year old son Henry, living vicariously through the pictures and posts of her Facebook friends. Life’s fairly uneventful until she receives a friend request from Maria Weston, a girl from her high school days…she’s also been presumed dead for over 25 years. And, Louise has lived with the guilt of her role in what may have happened to Maria that fateful night she disappeared.

 
The story transitions between present day and 1989, that pivotal year when Louise’s life changed radically. Things lead to an upcoming high school reunion as the events of the past are slowly revealed. It was interesting how the challenges of teens two decades ago pretty much are the same today though the bullying methods are different with the introduction of social media. I struggled to have empathy for Louise because the choices she made at 16 years old seem to somewhat continue in the adult woman as she tries to figure out why she’s received a friend request from the dead teen. However, as the story progressed, I developed more understanding for her as she wasn’t a bad person, just someone who got caught up in her desire for acceptance.

 
The story is thought provoking in its attempt to contrast the human condition of teenagers and their adult selves and how those early behaviors shaped their life choices. Underlying all of that is the mystery of what happened to Maria, who’s behind the friend request and subsequent taunts. I had so many theories in play but none of them came close to the outcome, which was pretty chilling. The storytelling approach was effective, even though the pacing was a little slow. However, this was really very good for a debut novel.

About Laura Marshall

Laura Marshall was shortlisted for several international awards for an as-yet-unpublished work for her debut novel FRIEND REQUEST. She lives in Kent, England.


Audio Review: Dead by Midnight by Pamela Clare

Audio Review: Dead by Midnight by Pamela Clare

Posted December 23, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

  Reece and Kara Sheridan are attending a holiday party at the Palace Hotel for a foreign ambassador while the I-Team journalists at the Denver Independent are having their party at the same hotel. When Holly Andris inadvertently sees a hotel server packing an AK-47, she gets into action. What a way to end a series! I opted to wait until the audiobook was released and that was the best decision. Kaleo Griffith was just perfect in his performance of a really great story. All of the main characters are either trapped in the hotel or are working to get the others out. No gratuitous appearances here as each has a major role. While this isn’t your traditional holiday story, it’s romantic suspense at its […]


Body Armor Series by Lori Foster

Body Armor Series by Lori Foster

Posted December 22, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | 2 Comments

I was worried when I finished reading the last book Foster’s Ultimate series the “leftover” guy would not  get their own stories. I was happy to find out Mrs. Foster wasn’t going to leave them hanging. The Body Armor series is a spin-off of the Ultimate series. Leese started out as a douche bag in the Ultimate series, but he turn around quick to be one of the good guys before that series ended. Now he’s back as the hero of his own story. Leese is the first guy from the fight group to branch out into security work and it really suits him. Of course he breaks the cardinal rule and falls for the woman he is hired to project. Catalina (Cat) is on the run […]


Thrifty Thursday: Coming Home by Kris Jett

Thrifty Thursday: Coming Home by Kris Jett

Posted December 21, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

    The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point). Kindle freebie on April 11, 2017  (currently $0.99 at Amazon and Barnes & Noble as of writing this post) Overall rating 3.84. with 190 ratings and 31 reviews   I like small town romances and I’m very familiar with Wisconsin and snowmobiles.  I hoped for the quirky characters and a sweet, possibly funny romance. It seemed like a good choice with fairly high ratings and a winter, maybe even some holiday story. Coming Home is the first in the Love at Starlight series. There is a novella prequel but they were only briefly mentioned here. There are three daughters in the family which owns the Starlight Pub.  The […]


Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn

Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn

Posted December 20, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

          Carrie Vaughn is an author I’ve always enjoyed. Her Kitty Norville series is one of the first urban fantasy ones I read.  Bannerless is more science fiction dystopia than supernatural.  The world-building is great; there are enough details to give a vivid image without being tedious. This world has social and political issues based on lack of resources and limited communication. The people’s behavior is a bit more like a small rural community. The system is a bit like a feudal one with committee members acting the role of the leaders. I didn’t know this was a series but I think this is excellent news. Enid, the main character,  is an investigator. I like her intelligence and compassion and sense of integrity. […]


Audio: Love Me By Christmas by Jaci Burton

Audio: Love Me By Christmas by Jaci Burton

Posted December 19, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

      I was looking for a nice, quick  holiday romance. The book released in November, which was too soon for me. I am reading Holiday books in December. So I was thrilled to have the audio option. It is short, just over 4 hours. Love Me By Christmas is the story of a widow and her husband’s brother.  The consciousness we follow is Ellie’s thoughts for the most part, but some of Nick also. Nick is a great guy. He is almost too good to be true. He has taken care of Ellie and her son, Henry since his brother died, and loves them. I have trouble with Ellie’s clinging to the past for so long, in the way she lets it affect […]


Code of Honor by Tonya Burrows

Code of Honor by Tonya Burrows

Posted December 18, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

    Jesse Warwick is the HORNET Team medic who’s struggling with a lot of issues but mainly how to develop a relationship with his 15-year old troubled son, Connor, and how to cope with perceived medical failures in the field. Complicating his life even more is the new addition to the team, Lainie Delcambre, a woman who was part of his past and he can’t keep out of his mind and heart. She’s trying to fit in as the only female in the group.   This story took a while to get going as much time was spent developing these characters in the beginning, despite a great prologue. Though both were in earlier books in the series, Jesse and Lainie weren’t fleshed out much. […]


Guthrie Brothers series by Lori Foster

Guthrie Brothers series by Lori Foster

Posted December 15, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | 1 Comment

read it, track it is a way for me to track books for my reading challenges and the reviews will be super short. My Goodreads status when I started Don’t Tempt Me: I in fact did not switch to the ebook since I knew I could finish it at work in one day vs. taking a few nights to read it before bed. Another status up on the narration: I will say by the time I finished Don’t Tempt Me I got use to Will Damron narration. I feel like his voice and delivery would be better served with a different genre than romance. While the narration was not my favorite I did enjoy the story and continued to the next book in the series.   […]