Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Review of The Request by David Bell

The Request


David Bell

 publication: June 30th 2020 by Berkley Books

When a man agrees to do a favor for a friend, he gets more than he bargained for as he becomes embroiled in a woman's murder in this new thriller from the USA Today bestselling author of Layover.

Ryan Francis has it all--great job, wonderful wife, beautiful child--and he loves posting photos of his perfect life on social media. Until the night his friend Blake asks him to break into a woman's home to retrieve incriminating items that implicate Blake in an affair. Ryan refuses to help, but when Blake threatens to reveal Ryan's darkest secret--which could jeopardize everything in Ryan's life--Ryan has no choice but to honor Blake's request.

When he arrives at the woman's home, Ryan is shocked to find her dead--and just as shocked to realize he knows her. Then his phone chimes, revealing a Facebook friend request from the woman. With police sirens rapidly approaching, Ryan flees, wondering why his friend was setting him up for murder.

Determined to keep his life intact and to clear his name, Ryan must find the real murderer--but solving the crime may lead him closer to home than he ever could have imagined.

Talk about taking the reader on a twisted, curvy, upside down, and right side up ride.   David Bell is the master of writing this way, but this book is his best at it so far.    I had no clue; I could not even guess.  Well I did guess, but I knew right away that I was wrong.    The Request is a book that is guaranteed to keep you guessing from the beginning to the end.  

How do you go about not helping a friend who was there for you when your dad died, when you got married, and throughout other important events in your life?  You cannot.   That is what Ryan decides and what a decision that is.   He had no clue all that his friend, Blake, was up to.   I got to the point that I was not sure if Blake would ever come clean with all that was happening in his life and how all of those happenings would affect Ryan and the others around him.  

The Request is a book that even when finished will stay with you.  While reading, I kept thinking about what I had read and trying to put it all together to figure out what would be happening next.  Now that I am finished, I keep thinking about it. 

I have already discussed it with my book friends that they have to read this book, that I need to know if they figured it all out easier than I did.   If you love a good mystery, a good who-dun-it, and a good story with twists and turns or turns and twists The Request is a book that you have to read.  

 **Thank you Ann-Marie Nieves at GetRed PR for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. 

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