The Request (Hardcover)
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.
About the Author
David Bell is a USA Today bestselling, award-winning author whose work has been translated into multiple foreign languages. He's currently a professor of English at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where he directs the MFA program.
Praise for The Request
“David Bell more than delivers on the shocking premise of The Request, which is a gripping exploration of guilt, loyalty, and desperation. The Request combines complex characters, social commentary, and expertly meted out plot twists that will keep readers guessing – and gasping – until the final page. Bell is a master.”—Robyn Harding, international bestselling author of The Swap and The Party
“Fast-paced and thrilling, with twists at every turn, The Request kept me guessing until its satisfying conclusion.”—Catherine McKenzie, author of I’ll Never Tell
Praise for David Bell and His Novels
"A terrifically tense thriller with a femme fatale who will keep you guessing until the very end."—Riley Sager, New York Times bestselling author of Home Before Dark
"David Bell is a top-notch storyteller....I flew through this twisting, riveting psychological thriller."—Cristina Alger, New York Times bestselling author of Girls Like Us
“[A] canny new thriller...intelligent, believable.”—The Columbus Dispatch
“A whirlwind story about secrets, regrets, and sacrifice....a deliciously infectious thriller.”—Alafair Burke, New York Times bestselling author of The Wife
"A tautly told, heart-pounding read...a page-turning whodunit where every character's a suspect and no one can be trusted." —Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl
"A compulsive, twisty, race-against-the-clock thriller...[a] smart and unrelenting page-turner!"—Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of The Red Hunter
"[Bell is] a bang-up storyteller, armed with enough detours and surprises to keep the pages turning."—Cleveland Plain Dealer
"[A] suspenseful page-turning thriller."—Hello Giggles
"[A] taut gem...a tale straight out of the psychological thriller territory blazed by the likes of Harlan Coben and Lisa Gardner."—Providence Journal