The Request

The Request by David Bell

Published:  June 30, 2020 – Berkley

E-galley courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley


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. (publisher)

My take:  The Request is a story of what happens when the past doesn’t stay in the past. In these days of social media the past is only a click away. Ryan thought his friend Blake was one of those people you’re friends with during a certain time of your life. They were roommates in college and share a secret from those days. With a wife and new baby, life is good for Ryan – until Blake contacts him with a specific request. It’s a request Ryan can’t refuse if he wants things to stay the way they are. Ryan’s life might look perfect on Facebook but it could easily get very messy.

This was a twisty mystery! I loved the short chapters that kept me reading “just one more” until I finished (in one day). The Request is the first of David Bell’s books I’ve read and I look forward to checking out his backlist.


15 thoughts on “The Request

  1. So good to hear your thoughts. I have two of his books on my shelf – I haven’t read anything by him yet. This makes me want to move them up TBR list. Thanks for sharing.


  2. I’ve looked at this a few times but couldn’t decide whether to buy it or not because my tbr list is so long. I think I’ll add it anyway but don’t know when I’ll get to it. Love that it has short chapters!


  3. Hi Mary,

    I like these ‘just one more chapter..’ books, as they really suit my style of reading and the time I have available to me (present lockdown rules aside!).

    This is another new to me author in my favourite genre, and it looks as though most of his books are stand alone stories, so I am definitely adding him to my list!

    Thanks for sharing and your recommendation. Have a good weekend 🙂



    • I hope you get a chance to try the author, Yvonne. Thanks for visiting and I hope you’re well. Have a good weekend!


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