The Request by David Bell | Audiobook Review

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The Request by David Bell | Audiobook ReviewThe Request by David Bell
Narrator: Tristan Morris
Length: 12 Hours 6 Minutes
Published by Penguin on June 30, 2020
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers, Psychological, Suspense, Crime
Pages: 416
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: Library, Publisher
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ISBN: 9780440000914
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three-stars

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.

Why Did I Listen To The Request by David Bell?

Sometimes I like to step out of my comfort zone. The Request by David Bell was completely out of my comfort zone and really on the surface, not a me book. It’s a thriller where the main character is a guy who seemingly has everything in his life together. I am not one who is usually into that kind of thing when reading, but something about the summary caught my attention. Maybe it was the idea this book posits about social media only being the highlight reel (which I fully agree with). When this popped up as available via audiobook for the library, I went for it.

What’s The Story Here?

The Request is about a man who has it all. His job is wonderful. His family life could not be better. Also, his social media is hashtag goals. Ryan Francis is truly living the dream. However, his dream may all come crashing down on him. You see, his old friend makes a request of Ryan – break into a woman’s home and destroy evidence of the affair. Ryan feels like he cannot turn the request down, so he does so. Unfortunately, it turns out the woman has been murdered. Ryan gets himself tangled up in something serious. Oh, and he knows the woman too. His phone rings and it turns out to be a Facebook friend request from the woman. Also? Ryan is pretty sure he is being set up for the woman’s murder. So, he is on the run and trying to solve the case and clear his good name.

How Did I Like The Request?

Frankly, The Request was really compelling. I will admit to skipping ahead to make sure that Ryan’s baby turned out okay. You see, I can’t handle tiny children in danger. Thankfully, the baby turns out just fine, no issues or anything. I do think that Ryan made a lot of terrible life choices. But, I get it. When you are under that much stress chances are you aren’t thinking logically – particularly when you are being framed for murder and all that you hold dear could be taken away. While this was not my favorite book of all time ever, it was a good step into something different. After reading, I am willing to try more at least by David Bell, and more thrillers aimed at adults.


How’s The Narration?

The audiobook of The Request is narrated by Tristan Morris. It is 12 hours and 6 minutes long. If I recall correctly, I listened to this at 1.5x speed which was ideal for the story. The action translates really well into audio. I think that this would be a good audiobook for men or for people who really like high octane movies and tv shows. It certainly was an entertaining listen and I have zero complaints about the audiobook.

three-stars
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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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