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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for The Request

  1. 5 out of 5

    marilyn

    When I read The Layover, by David Bell, I wasn't prepared for the intelligent good guy main character to do such dumb things and keep on doing dumb things so I thought I didn't care for the book much. But the story stuck with me because I had so much fun reading it with Jayme and over time I have very fond memories of the book. So when The Request became available to read, I wanted to see what Bell's latest smart guy, maybe doing dumb things, had up his sleeve, and I was not disappointed. Ryan i When I read The Layover, by David Bell, I wasn't prepared for the intelligent good guy main character to do such dumb things and keep on doing dumb things so I thought I didn't care for the book much. But the story stuck with me because I had so much fun reading it with Jayme and over time I have very fond memories of the book. So when The Request became available to read, I wanted to see what Bell's latest smart guy, maybe doing dumb things, had up his sleeve, and I was not disappointed. Ryan is our new protagonist and he's already had some unwise decisions in his past, that has him scrambling, in order to maintain his "perfect" life reputation, in the present.  But Ryan's not the only one making bad decisions because there are a lot of bad decisions made by a host of characters, in The Request. I had a lot of fun reading and discussing this book with my buddies because the book is full of twists and turns, and crazy decisions that lead to more crazy decisions. Bell writes characters that we can care about as we roll our eyes at the things that they do. And social media seems to be the downfall for several people in this story. So many of the younger generation have had social media in their lives so long, so much, as a constant part of each minute of their lives, that they forget how dangerous and intrusive it really is to allow strangers and acquaintances to know everything about your existence. A "perfect" life on display, for all to see, can lead to jealousies, resentments, and danger and Ryan learns this the hard way.  Thank you to Berkley/Penguin Publishing Group and Edelweiss for this ARC. 

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kaceey

    4.5* David Bell has crafted yet another fun, fast-paced thriller guaranteed to have you screaming at the characters as they make their every move! Ryan is a lucky guy. He’s managed to capture his own personal American dream. A beautiful wife he still adores and a son he can’t wait to come to every night. He’s hard working and driven towards success. Ryan even owns a bar on the side just for a bit of extra money… and fun! Everything is as perfect as it can be. Except for that one little, pesky secr 4.5* David Bell has crafted yet another fun, fast-paced thriller guaranteed to have you screaming at the characters as they make their every move! Ryan is a lucky guy. He’s managed to capture his own personal American dream. A beautiful wife he still adores and a son he can’t wait to come to every night. He’s hard working and driven towards success. Ryan even owns a bar on the side just for a bit of extra money… and fun! Everything is as perfect as it can be. Except for that one little, pesky secret he holds tight! When his life-long friend Blake asks for one favor, Ryan is reluctant to oblige. He knows the risk involved could cost him everything he’s worked so hard to achieve. He’s also painfully aware he cannot refuse! One small favor...then life can get back to normal...right!?💁🏻‍♀️ David Bell writes a clever, high-end thriller that runs at breakneck speed! It will have you turning blue, yelling at the characters while pointing your finger at everyone, accusing them of murder! And more importantly, you’ll find yourself racing to the end to find how it all comes together! David Bell’s books are an automatic read for me every year and I’m already anxiously waiting for his next! Thank you to Elisha at Berkley Books and David Bell for an ARC to read and review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Who needs enemies when you have friends try to ruin your life and set you up with murder? Ryan seems like having a dreamy life, perfect job, perfect wife and a perfect new born. Even though he carries a big secret that gnawing at him, he tries his best to atone his sins and literally pay his dues by sending money to the people acting like Good Samaritan to help them after he got involved in an accident resulted with one girl’s death and other girl’s disability. At first chapter, we witness Ryan Who needs enemies when you have friends try to ruin your life and set you up with murder? Ryan seems like having a dreamy life, perfect job, perfect wife and a perfect new born. Even though he carries a big secret that gnawing at him, he tries his best to atone his sins and literally pay his dues by sending money to the people acting like Good Samaritan to help them after he got involved in an accident resulted with one girl’s death and other girl’s disability. At first chapter, we witness Ryan helps a family secretly because of an accident he got involved when he was young and stupid. (We’re informed that he wasn’t the driver!) And now he is still stupid because he got caught when he was sending money. Now he is blackmailed by the family’s eldest daughter who finds out the source of the money they get and she wants her own cut. And when we move on to the next chapter, we’re introduced to Blake who needs a favor and if he doesn’t accept his offer, he kindly threatens him to spill beans about their secret: (one more time: it is about bloody car accident). So Ryan patiently listens his friend who he is about to get marry (but not kind enough to invite them to the ceremony!) but he’s afraid that he had an affair with woman named Jen and wrote her letters to share their common secret (Yes, I agree! Blake is not only douchebag but he is also moron douchebag!) Now he wants his letters back and tells Ryan trespass to get them from Jen’s apartment. Ryan reluctantly agrees but as soon as he gets into the apartment he finds out Jen is gone! (No, she didn’t go to visit her parents. I wish she did) She is lying in blood pool on the floor. And there is no letters around her house. And wait for it! He knows her. Jen contacted with him online before. They wrote each other several times and he thought she has romantic interest about him. At the very same time Ryan realizes he gets FB friend request from Jen as he stands at her apartment, looking at her corpse. What the hell? Who killed her and did Blake do it and plan to frame him? Then the story takes a real dark turn and all the hell breaks loose. Strengths; This is great criticism of voyeurism of social media and its dark, dangerous effects on people’s faked lives. Nothing as it seems and no couple is perfect. As lies and secrets emerge, no photoshop or any adobe creative clouds can save you! It’s quick pacing, easy to read and gripping story! Weakness: I didn’t like any of the characters and I couldn’t care any less about the shit storm they’re dealing with. Especially the final revelation scene was a little over rated and unrealistic. Overall: It’s a 3.25 starred reading, just a little better from I didn’t like it but I also didn’t hate it- let meet in the middle reading. (I mean Switzerland reading!) Some parts are so predictable and the characters are mostly annoying but it has great approach to the danger of social media and over sharing your life with strangers and I never get bored or yawned during my reading. Pacing was intriguing and fast. I can understand why so many of my reader friends like it so much. And I still want to read more works of the author. Special Thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for sharing this interesting ARC in exchange my honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    3.5 STARS rounded up to 4 While this wasn't my favorite novel by Bell, it was still a highly enjoyable, character driven mystery. Review to come! *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    "With friends like these..." Ryan has it all - a loving wife, a beautiful baby boy, a job he enjoys, a nice home, and a blackmailer (or two)! He has the picture-perfect life which he shares on Social Media. Then out of the blue, his friend Blake asks for a meeting and asks Ryan for even more - he wants him to break into a woman's house and retrieve some evidence that will incriminate Blake in an affair. Ryan doesn't want to do it, but Blake is holding something over Ryan's head and he begrudg "With friends like these..." Ryan has it all - a loving wife, a beautiful baby boy, a job he enjoys, a nice home, and a blackmailer (or two)! He has the picture-perfect life which he shares on Social Media. Then out of the blue, his friend Blake asks for a meeting and asks Ryan for even more - he wants him to break into a woman's house and retrieve some evidence that will incriminate Blake in an affair. Ryan doesn't want to do it, but Blake is holding something over Ryan's head and he begrudgingly goes. What he discovers turns into a nightmare. This book poses some juicy questions. Who is telling the truth? Who can be trusted? Who knows the truth? What is going on? Why is Ryan being blackmailed? The characters themselves make a lot of bad decisions in the name of self-preservation. Some characters are more likable and more sympathetic than others. All are entertaining. Most had me shaking my head. I enjoyed the twists and turns. I did guess a couple of things and wanted to yell and them "Wake up, how can you not see what is going on?" but those pesky characters kept having one-track minds and as they say "couldn't see the forest for the trees" David Bell does not disappoint and has crafted a fast-paced, entertaining read. He creates quirky flawed characters who fumble around in search of answers. Each could be a suspect. This book might have you thinking twice before responding when someone asks you to do them a favor! Entertaining, fast-paced, full of tension, captivating, and full of twists. I received a copy of this book from Berkley Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jayme

    In the opening sentence of the prologue, Ryan Francis will confess to you that he has a blackmailer. He is lying. He actually has two blackmailers! He will also tell you that he is no Angel. That’s the Truth. So, when his “friend” asks him to retrieve some incriminating letters from a woman’s apartment for him, while she is attending an evening Yoga class, he really cannot say NO. But, when he enters, he doesn’t find the letters...he finds the woman, DEAD. As he stands there shocked, his phone chi In the opening sentence of the prologue, Ryan Francis will confess to you that he has a blackmailer. He is lying. He actually has two blackmailers! He will also tell you that he is no Angel. That’s the Truth. So, when his “friend” asks him to retrieve some incriminating letters from a woman’s apartment for him, while she is attending an evening Yoga class, he really cannot say NO. But, when he enters, he doesn’t find the letters...he finds the woman, DEAD. As he stands there shocked, his phone chimes, revealing a Facebook friend request from the Victim. Sirens approach, and he flees, wondering if his friend has set him up for Murder, and if so WHY? This is my fourth novel by David Bell, and I am now starting to realize a few things about his books.. 1. His protagonists are men who love their wives, their children and their parents, and who appreciate the simple things in life like curling up on the sofa together to enjoy a movie. 🍿 ❤️I LOVE that!! I get tired of reading about abusive and Narcissistic husbands! BUT-unfortunately, these men always lack good judgment and common sense! 2. The story will take place over a short period of time which keeps the pace fast, and the tension ramped up. 3. Some of the events which will occur will require you to suspend some disbelief, which I do not always do well, but which I seem to be able to forgive in the case of David Bell! 4. I will become completely engaged in the story immediately and be on the lookout for his next book, as soon as I finish the one I have been reading! 🕵🏻 Like a jigsaw puzzle, I can put some of it together, but not the entire thing, but everything will be resolved by the end, with no questions left unanswered. AND the latest hubby and wife, will be able to return to their couch and watch their movie! 🍿 You can meet Ryan and Amanda Francis TODAY!! AVAILABLE NOW!! I received a gifted copy (thank you GoodReads!) All opinions are my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    I enjoyed The Layover last summer and am so excited I was able to read The Request this summer. How far would a man go to help a friend? How far would be go if he was threatened by that friend to expose something so detrimental it would ruin his life? For Ryan, life is good. He has a wife and child, a good job, and he could lose it all if he doesn’t help his friend Blake. The request? To break into someone’s home to get items that would implicate Blake in an affair. Ryan really does not want to do I enjoyed The Layover last summer and am so excited I was able to read The Request this summer. How far would a man go to help a friend? How far would be go if he was threatened by that friend to expose something so detrimental it would ruin his life? For Ryan, life is good. He has a wife and child, a good job, and he could lose it all if he doesn’t help his friend Blake. The request? To break into someone’s home to get items that would implicate Blake in an affair. Ryan really does not want to do this and initially refuses, but Blake threatens to reveal a secret that could tear Ryan’s world apart. When Ryan breaks in, he finds the woman dead AND he recognizes her. At the same moment, he receives a friend request on Facebook from the woman. What is happening and why has his friend set him up? The Request is twisty, dark, compelling, fast-paced, clever, and original. I had so much fun with this. Suspend disbelief a little and catch a ride on this roller coaster of a read! I received a gifted copy. All opinions are my own. Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bridgett

    ***AVAILABLE TODAY*** The Request was my first David Bell novel, and I have to say, I'm a fan! This book was a non-stop, roller coaster ride. It started with a bang and the tension only escalated as the story progressed. It takes place over a relatively short period of time--around 48 hours--which is normally a big no-no for me, but this time, it actually worked. Did Ryan, one of our protagonists, make some stupid choices? Oh yea, he sure did. And did his wife, Amanda, occasionally get on my nerv ***AVAILABLE TODAY*** The Request was my first David Bell novel, and I have to say, I'm a fan! This book was a non-stop, roller coaster ride. It started with a bang and the tension only escalated as the story progressed. It takes place over a relatively short period of time--around 48 hours--which is normally a big no-no for me, but this time, it actually worked. Did Ryan, one of our protagonists, make some stupid choices? Oh yea, he sure did. And did his wife, Amanda, occasionally get on my nerves? Oh yea, she sure did. I, nevertheless, found the red herrings to be probable and the story to be twisty and engrossing. Although I suspected pretty much every twist, and was ultimately proven correct...I was still fascinated by the reasons behind them. Going into the final quarter of the book, I didn't want to put it down. Mr. Bell has rapidly become a must-read author and I'm already looking forward to his next offering. Recommended to those who love relentless action and suspense. Available in the U.S. on June 30, 2020. Many thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    Fast paced, tense, and addictive. David Bell writes stories that completely suck me in, have me feeling anxious, and on the edge of my seat. Ryan and Amanda appear to have the perfect life. A Beautiful home, an adorable baby, and a happy marriage. BUT Ryan has a dark secret he’s been hiding for years. AND he is being blackmailed by not only one but two people to keep it. All this subterfuge leads to Ryan Breaking into a woman’s house to retrieve letters instead finding her dead body and then dis Fast paced, tense, and addictive. David Bell writes stories that completely suck me in, have me feeling anxious, and on the edge of my seat. Ryan and Amanda appear to have the perfect life. A Beautiful home, an adorable baby, and a happy marriage. BUT Ryan has a dark secret he’s been hiding for years. AND he is being blackmailed by not only one but two people to keep it. All this subterfuge leads to Ryan Breaking into a woman’s house to retrieve letters instead finding her dead body and then discovering that he knows the murder victim. To make everything even more complicated and chilling as he looks down at the women’s dead body he receives a Facebook friend request from her on his phone. Of course I reach this point of the book just as I think I’m about to go to sleep... didn’t happen. There were so many pulse pounding moments in this book as Ryan gets himself into one sticky situation after another. Ryan is a likable kind family Man who you really do want things to work out for. Ryan however seems to lack any common sense throughout the story. This is a book that will make you look over your shoulder the next time you’re walking down the street and think twice the next time before you post something on Facebook. A compulsive story with a satisfying end. This book in emojis 📱 ✉️ 👶🏼 👰🏼 💰 💻 *** Big thank you to Berkley for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

  10. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    What do you do when you agree to do a favor for a friend and it turns out to be more that you bargained for? Ryan Francis seems to have everything he could need - a nice job, wonderful family and fun posting about it on social media sites to everyone with photos. One night his friend, Blake, asks him to go in to a woman's house and get items that could prove of an affair on him. At first Ryan refuses ... that is until Blake blackmails him in to doing it with a dark secret that he knows and will r What do you do when you agree to do a favor for a friend and it turns out to be more that you bargained for? Ryan Francis seems to have everything he could need - a nice job, wonderful family and fun posting about it on social media sites to everyone with photos. One night his friend, Blake, asks him to go in to a woman's house and get items that could prove of an affair on him. At first Ryan refuses ... that is until Blake blackmails him in to doing it with a dark secret that he knows and will reveal about Ryan. When Ryan goes to the house he finds the woman dead. At a distance he hears police coming and he runs. Did his friend set him up for the murder? Why would he do that? Now, Ryan has to find the real killer and clear his name ... but how and at what cost? I wasn't really in love with any of the characters but that was minor for me because the book kept me reading for answers. Overall, this was a gripping thriller that was a fun ride even though I figured out a few twists early on in the book. Well written and proves that social media is not just about being friendly and social. Special thanks to David Bell, Berkley Publishing Group, and NetGalley for the ARC and a chance to read and review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    DeAnn

    *This one is now available!* 4 It’s OK to say No stars In this fast-paced thriller, we have Ryan, the man who seemingly has it all – a lovely wife and child at home – and a great job. He has some skeletons in his closet that are coming back to haunt him though. Old college friend Blake has asked for one more favor and Ryan just can’t say no. However, fulfilling that favor opens the Pandora box of problems in his life and Ryan is worried that his perfect life is about to fall apart. He makes some f *This one is now available!* 4 It’s OK to say No stars In this fast-paced thriller, we have Ryan, the man who seemingly has it all – a lovely wife and child at home – and a great job. He has some skeletons in his closet that are coming back to haunt him though. Old college friend Blake has asked for one more favor and Ryan just can’t say no. However, fulfilling that favor opens the Pandora box of problems in his life and Ryan is worried that his perfect life is about to fall apart. He makes some frankly dumb choices and I wanted to shake some sense into him. There’s definitely more going on behind the scenes in this book and the author cleverly set it all up and it led to a perfectly wonderful conclusion. This is my second David Bell book and I liked this one better than “Layover.” If you are OK suspending belief a bit, I think you might enjoy the ride of this one too! And next time, say no when someone asks you to do a favor! This was a fun buddy read with Jayme, Marilyn, and Berit. Thank you to Edelweiss, David Bell, and Berkley for an early copy of this one to read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Darla

    Ryan Francis has a secret. There are a people making requests of him so that the secret won't come out. That is leading to lies and more secrets. . .and now there is a dead body at his feet. As with "Layover," we have an average guy whose life is spiraling out of control. The people around him are cast in a new light. The police are questioning him. The stress is through the roof and we are along for the ride. In this timely thriller, social media is also on the hot seat. Just by doing what they Ryan Francis has a secret. There are a people making requests of him so that the secret won't come out. That is leading to lies and more secrets. . .and now there is a dead body at his feet. As with "Layover," we have an average guy whose life is spiraling out of control. The people around him are cast in a new light. The police are questioning him. The stress is through the roof and we are along for the ride. In this timely thriller, social media is also on the hot seat. Just by doing what they do, the likes of Facebook, Insta, Twitter, and Messenger are adding to the chaos. When is it time to pull the plug? I have awarded high marks to Bell on this one for the timely nuances regarding social media and the many twists and turns. Those 400+ pages just zipped by. Thank you to Berkley and NetGalley for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    Oh my goodness, this was a terrific read that I really enjoyed. I am always on the look out for thrillers that quickly grabs my attention from the very first page, with characters that seem to get in deeper trouble, and of course with some twists to keep you guessing and those adrenaline pumping. David Bell delivered another amazing thriller in The Request. Ryan Francis is guilt ridden and trying to make things right with a family involved in a car accident that Ryan was a part of, where one of Oh my goodness, this was a terrific read that I really enjoyed. I am always on the look out for thrillers that quickly grabs my attention from the very first page, with characters that seem to get in deeper trouble, and of course with some twists to keep you guessing and those adrenaline pumping. David Bell delivered another amazing thriller in The Request. Ryan Francis is guilt ridden and trying to make things right with a family involved in a car accident that Ryan was a part of, where one of the daughters died, and another left disabled. He anonymously leaves an envelope with money for the family every month. He is happily married, has a son, partner at a bar. He seems to be doing okay until recent events cause things to spiral out of control. His friend Blake asks for a favor, the request, which is simple enough until he gets framed for murder. Bell wrote a real fast paced thriller that was entertaining and addicting. I thought the writing was superb and had me guessing and talking loudly to some of the characters. I was really immersed in this engrossing and relevant read about the power of social media and the way it seeps through our lives. I love a great thriller that I can binge read with protagonists that were in impossible situations. I encourage you to pick up David Bell’s The Request for an enthralling and binge worthy read worth staying up for.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    Everyone wants something from Ryan. One wants money, one wants his time, and the worst request is from his friend, Blake. After he is forced into following through on the request, things became even worse. We follow Ryan as he avoids the police and looks for Blake who is no where to be found and as Ryan tries to find the person who murdered a friend of Blake's. Many bizarre things happen, lies come to the surface, and Ryan's family is in danger. What hold could Blake have had over Ryan to keep him u Everyone wants something from Ryan. One wants money, one wants his time, and the worst request is from his friend, Blake. After he is forced into following through on the request, things became even worse. We follow Ryan as he avoids the police and looks for Blake who is no where to be found and as Ryan tries to find the person who murdered a friend of Blake's. Many bizarre things happen, lies come to the surface, and Ryan's family is in danger. What hold could Blake have had over Ryan to keep him under his thumb. I wanted to tell Ryan to wake up and stop listening to Blake. Tension abounds from the opening page and doesn’t stop until you turn the last page. You can just feel something sinister is going on from the start. Mr. Bell knows how to keep up your blood pressure and keep you turning the pages. THE REQUEST is a thriller fan's smorgasbord. Mr. Bell included everything you need to keep you on the edge of your seat, keep you up late, and keep you guessing incorrectly. 5/5 This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    This book is one you must add to your reading list this summer. It was so worth the read and just wait until the ending. Oh boy are you in for a big treat. Don't miss Bell's must summer read. I gave this book 4 stars and I can't wait to hear what you think of it after you read it. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marialyce

    .......and another one bites the dust!!! sadly.....quitting at 20%

  17. 4 out of 5

    Darinda

    Ryan seems to have the perfect life, but he has a dark secret. To keep his secret, he ends up breaking into a woman's house. An old friend needs some items retrieved from the woman's home, but Ryan discovers a dead woman instead of the items his friend needed. Ryan isn't sure why his old friend would set him up for murder, but Ryan is determined to keep him and his family safe. A complex mystery involving a man that wants to maintain the image of his perfect life. Ryan has made bad decisions in h Ryan seems to have the perfect life, but he has a dark secret. To keep his secret, he ends up breaking into a woman's house. An old friend needs some items retrieved from the woman's home, but Ryan discovers a dead woman instead of the items his friend needed. Ryan isn't sure why his old friend would set him up for murder, but Ryan is determined to keep him and his family safe. A complex mystery involving a man that wants to maintain the image of his perfect life. Ryan has made bad decisions in his past, and he continues to make questionable decisions throughout the novel. He isn't the only one making mistakes though, and it makes for a fast-paced and entertaining thriller. A fun mystery thriller. Fans of David Bell's other novels will surely enjoy his latest book. Exciting and twisty. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I’ve been turning to my most trusted authors lately when I decide what to read next and I’ve been a fan of DB for awhile now because he writes the most entertaining, fast paced thrillers. I’m such a sucker for short chapters, they make for the best binge reads and The Request has all of that and more. I loved that this explored the power of social media and how it effects all of our lives, such a timely and relevant topic that we can all relate to. I always say DB is the best at putting very ord I’ve been turning to my most trusted authors lately when I decide what to read next and I’ve been a fan of DB for awhile now because he writes the most entertaining, fast paced thrillers. I’m such a sucker for short chapters, they make for the best binge reads and The Request has all of that and more. I loved that this explored the power of social media and how it effects all of our lives, such a timely and relevant topic that we can all relate to. I always say DB is the best at putting very ordinary characters into complex and extraordinary situations and the protagonist here finds himself in quite the predicament but that’s all I’ll say 🤐 This one is out this June, but in the meantime two of my favorite DB books are Bring Her Home and Somebody’s Daughter if you’re in the mood for a pacey, fun thriller!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sherri Thacker

    This is my 9th book by David Bell and I am always excited when he comes out with a new book. When I got approved from NetGalley to get this book, I was even more excited to get started reading! This book kept me on the edge of my seat with a few twists and turns throughout. Wow, what an ending!!!! Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this early release in exchange for my honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Larry H

    3.5 stars. After you read David Bell's newest thriller, The Request , you’ll think twice the next time a friend asks you to do them a favor! If people didn’t do stupid things and/or lie, would thrillers exist? That’s the question I asked myself while reading this twisty thriller. Ryan and Blake were very close in college; Blake was practically a brother to him. But they’ve been estranged for the last several months, so Ryan is surprised to see Blake one night after work. Blake needs Ryan to brea 3.5 stars. After you read David Bell's newest thriller, The Request , you’ll think twice the next time a friend asks you to do them a favor! If people didn’t do stupid things and/or lie, would thrillers exist? That’s the question I asked myself while reading this twisty thriller. Ryan and Blake were very close in college; Blake was practically a brother to him. But they’ve been estranged for the last several months, so Ryan is surprised to see Blake one night after work. Blake needs Ryan to break into a woman’s house and steal some evidence that proves Blake had an affair with her. And if Ryan doesn’t do it, Blake will expose his darkest secret, which will upend his life. When Ryan gets to her house and goes to look for the letters, he makes a shocking discovery. Not only does he know this woman, but he finds her body in the house, and it appears she has been murdered. Of course, this puts him in the middle of a tangled web that threatens to destroy his life and his marriage—and he has no idea whom to trust or where to turn. Despite the fact that I guessed a key plot point really early on, this book kept me guessing. Bell throws in lots of twists and turns and the book moves pretty quickly. You do need to suspend your disbelief, but that’s typical of thrillers. It really becomes fast-paced at one point and things get a little tense. It’s amazing how dumb people can be when they think they’re doing the right thing! I was honored to be part of the blog tour for this book. Get Red PR and Berkley provided me with a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making it available!! Check out my list of the best books I read in 2019 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2019.html. Check out my list of the best books of the decade at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/my-favorite-books-of-decade.html. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shalini

    Wow!! Author David Bell really did know how to spin the perfect lives on Instagram and Facebook into the crux of the story. The book was gripping and action filled, where the story would dip and dive into a different twist in every chapter. Quite enthralling. Ryan had it all, perfect wife and kid and a good job. He was a do-gooder too who helped a family that had lost its daughters to a road accident. But were things really so nice and true? A request, you could call it a threat too, from his bes Wow!! Author David Bell really did know how to spin the perfect lives on Instagram and Facebook into the crux of the story. The book was gripping and action filled, where the story would dip and dive into a different twist in every chapter. Quite enthralling. Ryan had it all, perfect wife and kid and a good job. He was a do-gooder too who helped a family that had lost its daughters to a road accident. But were things really so nice and true? A request, you could call it a threat too, from his best friend to steal his letters from his ex's home started the entire story rolling. My second book by this author, and man, was I hooked into Ryan's life. Each character was shaded, their life eclipsed at different moments in the book. With the writing showing me the multi facets, I was quite thrilled to suspect all of them if nefarious deeds. I was disappointed when some proved to be good. I so love a book where all are wicked. Fast paced in its speed, the writing kept the pitch right. I couldn't seem to let go of my kindle. Wanting to know the truth became my greatest obsession. I liked how an innocuous friend request could cast a dread in Ryan's life. Wholly entertaining, the book marked the beginning of my reading weekend.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    I usually love David Bell’s work but this missed the mark for me. It was predictable and too over the top for me. It started off great but halfway through I was losing interest and the dialogue between the characters was stilted. Not his best in my opinion. *Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)

    Did you ever have a book just ruin all your plans for the day? You sit down, intending to read a few chapters before going on with your day, and the next thing you know you’re knee-deep in a fast-paced thriller and half the day has passed you by?⁣ ⁣ That’s what it’s like to read a book by David Bell.⁣ You kinda just throw all responsibility to the wayside and end up cancelling plans cause you’re (cough) “not feeling well, and just going to stay in tonight” Whoopsie!⁣ ⁣ This one is no exception. You thi Did you ever have a book just ruin all your plans for the day? You sit down, intending to read a few chapters before going on with your day, and the next thing you know you’re knee-deep in a fast-paced thriller and half the day has passed you by?⁣ ⁣ That’s what it’s like to read a book by David Bell.⁣ You kinda just throw all responsibility to the wayside and end up cancelling plans cause you’re (cough) “not feeling well, and just going to stay in tonight” Whoopsie!⁣ ⁣ This one is no exception. You think Ryan’s life is so picture perfect - especially since his Instagram posts are so on point with family and accomplishments and miles of smiles… But there’s something Ryan is hiding. And it’s about to come out. A “request” from a “friend” - he must carry out in order to protect his secret - sets off a string of mysterious events and reveals a ton of secrets - none of which I saw coming!⁣ You slowly start to be suspicious of everyone involved, and it’s a series of one twist after another, effortlessly woven into a fun and suspenseful story of murder, loyalty, the power of social media, and the desperation for the perfect life.⁣ I definitely would recommend cancelling plans for this one.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)

    If Bell writes it, I'm going to read it! His short chapters and writing style lead to the perfect binge reads. The Request is definitely a binge worthy read and easy to fly through so if you're looking forward to a thriller to fly through, this is a good one to add to your TBR. Now, I've read several Bell books and they have ranked across the board for me... as expected when you read quite a few from the same author. This one I am torn with. It started strong and pulled me in immediately though I If Bell writes it, I'm going to read it! His short chapters and writing style lead to the perfect binge reads. The Request is definitely a binge worthy read and easy to fly through so if you're looking forward to a thriller to fly through, this is a good one to add to your TBR. Now, I've read several Bell books and they have ranked across the board for me... as expected when you read quite a few from the same author. This one I am torn with. It started strong and pulled me in immediately though I wanted to yell at Ryan to just freakin' talk to his wife about it all! *insert scream* But hey, without all these flawed characters, we wouldn't have such fun reads now would we? *wink* Consider if one of your closest friends whom you shared a terrible secret with, asks you to do them a solid... you probably would do it right? No matter how insane and weird it seemed? Wouldn't you? Yes, no? Well say you choose yes - Ryan did and it probably wasn't his wisest choice. The thing with this story is that while I enjoyed the pacing and unfolding of secrets, it got a bit convoluted at the end. It was predictable in some parts and other parts, while not *too* predictable, felt a bit unnecessary. Sometimes that added oomph really isn't needed to keep the story engaging. There was also the underlying lesson of social media and the all to transparent world of ours that we put out there... that while fun, can be a detriment if anyone wants to use it against you. Bell is a favorite author and I love how he pulls readers right in. Thriller lovers should absolutely read his novels. I've read several and while they cross the spectrum, they are all engaging and quite entertaining and I'll continue to read anything he puts out for us.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bandit

    David Bell is a pretty good thriller writer and a generally nice guy to boot. Subsequently I’ve read just about all of his books. The quality is somewhat uneven, sometimes a lot uneven, but usually it’s decent enough to be worth the time. So much so, I requested The Request without even reading a plot summary, checking page count and all those things I normally do prior to trying a book off of Netgalley. And this is when the uneven thing comes in, because this one was definitely the bottom of Be David Bell is a pretty good thriller writer and a generally nice guy to boot. Subsequently I’ve read just about all of his books. The quality is somewhat uneven, sometimes a lot uneven, but usually it’s decent enough to be worth the time. So much so, I requested The Request without even reading a plot summary, checking page count and all those things I normally do prior to trying a book off of Netgalley. And this is when the uneven thing comes in, because this one was definitely the bottom of Bell’s barrel quality wise. A sort of a book one writes for money. Bland, trite, uninspired with a barely there plot and predictable plot twists. And too long on top of it all. And easy read, for sure, not just because it isn’t challenging intellectually in any way, but also basic structure of it all, short words, short sentences, short chapters with something of a soap opera like ta da at the end of each chapter trying to make this seem like a way more exciting story than it actually is. Time for some specifics…specifically the plot, the wartime soup of a plot as in barely any substance severely watered down sort of thing. Meet your protagonist, a basically nice guy with a guilty conscience. Pushing 30, nice life, nice wife, nice kid, nice job. Too much at stake to throw away if the truth about why his conscience has been so heavy for the last six years was to suddenly come out. Meet his old college buddy, a superficially charming fellow who’s finally ready to settle down, but wants to sweep a few past mistakes under the proverbial rug before he ties the knot. The buddy has just one request, to steal some letters from an old flame, but the flame turns out dead and things spiral out. Not too much spiraling, because it isn’t that clever of a story and it only has a couple of days to wrap itself up. Just enough so that everyone makes much ado about something and spins their wheels and stretches out the silly see through thin suspense for enough pages to make it seem like a proper book. Frustratingly basic really, the fruit on this one is practically reclining in the soil below the tree while still somehow attached to the branches. This book might pay author’s bills, but that’s about all it’s good for. All the more so because it’s written by someone who has demonstrated himself to have much more potential and talent than this. For how many of similar types of books are out there, this isn’t even worthy of a notice. Maybe for someone with really low expectations and really indiscriminate tastes. Otherwise it’s almost insulting to the readers’ intelligence how lame this plot is. Disappointing, so very disappointing. And to think I was excited to read this too, tried to stay away from these ever ubiquitous thrillers until something promising showed up and this one certainly didn’t do the trick. Don’t let it put you off Bell’s other books and don’t judge his work based on this one. Just call a dud a dud and pass. At least it read quickly. Thanks Netgalley.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Ryan Francis has the life everyone dreams of having. He’s got a great job, a loving wife, and a brand new baby boy. Ryan’s social media presence would lead anyone to believe he has it all, but what they don’t see is the secret he has kept hidden for years. The risk of having his secret exposed runs high as Blake, Ryan’s closest friend from college, suddenly appears one night. Blake says he needs a favor and Ryan has no choice but to help unless he wants his perfect life turned upside down. What Ryan Francis has the life everyone dreams of having. He’s got a great job, a loving wife, and a brand new baby boy. Ryan’s social media presence would lead anyone to believe he has it all, but what they don’t see is the secret he has kept hidden for years. The risk of having his secret exposed runs high as Blake, Ryan’s closest friend from college, suddenly appears one night. Blake says he needs a favor and Ryan has no choice but to help unless he wants his perfect life turned upside down. What Ryan doesn’t bank on is the chaos that is waiting for him if he complies with Blake’s request. David Bell has become one of the authors who I eagerly wait for their new releases every year. I can always count on Bell to come up with a high octane and over-the-top story that is a thrill to read! Bell’s latest book, THE REQUEST, perfectly fits this mold with enough twists and turns to keep a reader flying through this story! Social media has a way of allowing the world to showcase their best self. It’s a place to show all of the things you’re proud of and hide anything unseamly. Ryan Francis is thriving through social media, but what his friends and family don’t see is the stress and regret he carries with him every day. I love when authors choose to craft their main characters in a way that is easily relatable to the general public. While everyone may not live on social media to the extent Ryan does, the concept is still one familiar in today’s society. Perhaps Bell’s most successful traits across all of his books is his ability to propel the story forward. Bell utilizes short chapters to drive the reader forward in the story by keeping tensions high. The reader follows along with Ryan as things spiral out of control at a rate that feels lightning fast. This structure makes the story flow quickly, allowing the book to become a binge worthy read. THE REQUEST is perfect for summer reading beside the pool or at the beach. This is a fun story that can perhaps feel a bit over-the-top at times, but in the most enjoyable way possible! If you haven’t tried a David Bell book yet, what are you waiting for? A huge thank you to Get Red PR and Berkeley for my gifted copy!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sharon May

    Thanks to NetGalley, Berkley Publishing, and David Bell for the opportunity to read and review his latest thriller - another intriguing 4.5 star read by this author! Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive as the old saying goes. And no one in this book is being truthful! An accident during college changed many lives forever. Friends Ryan and Blake were involved with another student in a drunk-driving accident that killed one girl and permanently disabled another. But th Thanks to NetGalley, Berkley Publishing, and David Bell for the opportunity to read and review his latest thriller - another intriguing 4.5 star read by this author! Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive as the old saying goes. And no one in this book is being truthful! An accident during college changed many lives forever. Friends Ryan and Blake were involved with another student in a drunk-driving accident that killed one girl and permanently disabled another. But they weren't being truthful about who was driving. Now, Blake comes to Ryan with one request - he needs to break into an ex's house to retrieve some letters Blake wrote telling the truth about that night. When Ryan grudgingly goes to the house and uses the alarm code Blake provides, he finds the girl dead. And so it begins. I love the way he writes in short chapters so I'm always pushing to read just one more before I have to put the book down. Even though the book is over 400 pages, you're turning the pages so quickly that time flies. Lots of twists and turns in this one and I dare you to figure them all out!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Priya Shrinath

    Had huge expectations for this one but did not meet up. The pace and narrative really kept me going but the characters were too shallow and under developed and the plot wasn't tight-lipped to stop the reader from guessing what's going to happen. Guess the author underestimated the brains for his crime loving readers!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Agnes (BeaderBubbe)

    This book was hard to put a star amount to. At first it was 3* because it was slow going and any book that takes me 6 days to read usually doesn't hold my interest. You see Amanda and Ryan had this perfect life, along with their son, Henry. But then things started going wrong because of Ryan's friend, Blake. They were involved in a car accident in their college days that killed and maimed other people. Their friend Aaron went to jail for driving while drunk. But then things changed, the real stor This book was hard to put a star amount to. At first it was 3* because it was slow going and any book that takes me 6 days to read usually doesn't hold my interest. You see Amanda and Ryan had this perfect life, along with their son, Henry. But then things started going wrong because of Ryan's friend, Blake. They were involved in a car accident in their college days that killed and maimed other people. Their friend Aaron went to jail for driving while drunk. But then things changed, the real story was going to come out, so Ryan and Blake had to make sure no one found out. So then I changed my review to 4*. Because this was now so interesting and I could not figure anything out (I like to guess who is the culprit in books). And then I had 25% more to go and David Bell stepped up the mystery, the danger and did a complete twist around in this story. I had to amp my review up to 5* because O.M.G I did not see this one coming. Thanks to #Netgalley for this ARC and to #DavidBell for writing another great book! Make sure to put it on your list, to be released June 30,2020.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

    Ryan and Amanda have the perfect life with their beautiful baby Henry. Ryan makes a point of using social media to post all about his happy life including pictures of his wife and son. Then, he gets a visit from an old college friend, Blake. Blake asks Ryan for a favor…an illegal favor. He asks him to break into an old girlfriend’s apartment and steal some incriminating letters. Ryan refuses, but Blake isn’t letting him off the hook. He threatens to blow up Ryan’s perfect life by revealing an ol Ryan and Amanda have the perfect life with their beautiful baby Henry. Ryan makes a point of using social media to post all about his happy life including pictures of his wife and son. Then, he gets a visit from an old college friend, Blake. Blake asks Ryan for a favor…an illegal favor. He asks him to break into an old girlfriend’s apartment and steal some incriminating letters. Ryan refuses, but Blake isn’t letting him off the hook. He threatens to blow up Ryan’s perfect life by revealing an old secret from their past. Ryan reluctantly agrees. Ryan tries to think of a way out of his dilemma but soon realizes he has no choice but to follow through. However, when he arrives in her home, he’s stunned to find the woman’s dead body. Then, he receives a Facebook friend request from the dead woman. Ryan doesn’t know what’s going on, but when he tries to get in touch with Blake, he’s nowhere to be found. Terrified of being accused of murder and losing everything that’s important in his life, Ryan tries to figure out the mystery. He can’t believe his old friend would set him up like this. As Ryan searches more and more for the truth, he’s totally shocked where this might be leading. I absolutely love David Bell’s books and this is my favorite by far. He had me hooked on page one and never let me go. It’s a fast-paced thriller with more twists and turns than a roller coaster. David Bell is a master at his craft. He knows how to keep you at the edge of your seat for the entire length of the novel. I can’t say enough good things about this author. This is one of those novels that I would rate higher than 5 if I rated books that high. One of my favorites of 2020, so far. FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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