Author: Laura Marshall
Narrator: Elaine Claxton
Published: September 5, 2017
Audiobook: 11 hours 10 min
Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Listened To: November 14-21, 2022
Jessica’s Rating: 3 stars
A paranoid single mom is forced to confront the unthinkable act she committed as a desperate teenager in this addictive thriller with a social media twist.
Maria Weston wants to be friends. But Maria Weston is dead. Isn’t she?
1989. 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. Within just a few days, Maria and Louise are on their way to becoming fast friends.
2016. Louise receives a heart-stopping email: Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook. Long-buried memories quickly rise to the surface: those first days of their budding friendship; cruel decisions made and dark secrets kept; the night that would change all their lives forever.
Louise has always known that if the truth ever came out, she could stand to lose everything. Her job. Her son. Her freedom. Maria’s sudden reappearance threatens it all, and forces Louise to reconnect with everyone she’d severed ties with to escape the past. But as she tries to piece together exactly what happened that night, Louise discovers there’s more to the story than she ever knew. To keep her secret, Louise must first uncover the whole truth, before what’s known to Maria–or whoever’s pretending to be her–is known to all.
This one is a debut novel that had promise for me from the book description, as it has dual timelines which I always enjoy, but it just didn’t deliver for me. Louise just wasn’t likeable and she went full in on this friend request from Maria Weston, who may or may not actually be dead. She basically dropped everything and started living in the past. A past that involves peer pressure and bullying to an extreme. Friend Request shows how the past can haunt you years later with the decisions you made.
There is also a 25th high school class reunion, which brings her full on in the past as well. The twists and turns just did not work for me and I was curious enough to see how it was going to end. It also shows how social media can be a detriment to us all, but we are still taking part in it.
I did enjoy Elaine Claxton’s narration of the novel.
I would look into another of Marshall’s novels to see if it works for me more than Friend Request did.
The Modern Prometheus: An Existential Body Horror Novel
Author: Jayson Robert Ducharme
Published: April 24, 2022
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 5 stars
Peter Murphy, a college professor and family man, has lost everything. Following a tragic series of events, he awakens to discover that parts of his body have been replaced with parts from corpses, and his creator is not giving him all the answers he needs. With little to lose, Peter begins an odyssey to reclaim his old life and come to terms with his new one. Finding a world that has long since moved on without him, he descends into destructive madness, leaving blood and death wherever he goes.
THE MODERN PROMETHEUS is a 300 page “existential body horror” novel about a man reanimated from death, who discovers horrific truths about the nature of his death that will bring about a crescendo of violence and catastrophe.
Ooh…. This was a good one! Starting with the cover: Fabulous. Honestly, the cover was the whole reason I bought the book in the first place. Then I started reading, and I was hooked! This story had me going till the very end! I’ll admit that I’ve never read Frankenstein, though I do know the story. Obviously there are some similarities, but I liked that I wasn’t constantly comparing them. I really liked all the characters too. Peter was relatable and I got very emotionally invested. His growth as a character, whichever direction he grew, was well done and believable. And his poor family! So many times, I started misting. The story wasn’t super complicated, but boy was it a roller coaster! While it was perfect for spooky season, it’s a great book to read anytime!! I really liked it a lot! Definitely one of my Top Ten for the year!
Leona: The Die is Cast
Series: Leona #1
Author: Jenny Rogneby
Published: July 17, 2014
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars
Naked and bloody, a seven-year-old girl walks into a bank in central Stockholm in broad daylight and gets away with millions. Leona Lindberg of Stockholm’s Violent Crimes Division agrees to work on the case. With a long, distinguished history in the police force, she seems the perfect choice. But Leona is grappling with deep issues of her own–a gambling addiction, a strained marriage–that could jeopardize the investigation. As she struggles to keep the volatile pieces of her life under control, the line between right and wrong becomes increasingly unclear–and even irrelevant.
This is a hard-boiled crime novel, filled with unexpected twists and turns, featuring an unusual heroine. Leona makes for gripping reading while challenging feminine norms and posing questions about what lies behind the choices we make.
I’m not sure I’ve ever read a character that I disliked more than Leona Lindberg. Unfortunately, part of the reason that I dislike her is buried in spoilers, so I can’t tell you! She was cold and lifeless and selfish! And the problem is that most of the story is told from her perspective! I’m all about the consequences of someone’s actions, but all Leona did was whine about hers! And she even did that ridiculous justification act where she convinces herself that her family and kids are just too good for her and that’s why she’s free to abandon them! Give me a break.
As for the story:It was ok. The suspense lasted maybe the first quarter, but then everything began unfolding and that took up the rest of the book. If Leona wasn’t so insufferable, I might have enjoyed it more. It did end on a cliffhanger, so be aware if you decide to read it. I’ll admit that I kinda sorta want to keep reading the series, just to see what happens; but then I’ll also admit that I just don’t care. So I kinda enjoyed it, kinda didn’t. Ta-da!