Nick Brady gets a dozen friend requests a day. Like most people in 2022, these are handled by his auto, digitally organising his entire life.

But this friend request is from an anonymous stranger, whose relationship status claims he’s dating Larissa Brady. Nick’s wife.

It’s a mistake. It must be. Nick and Larissa are hosting a tenth anniversary party, a happy celebration of a steady marriage. But what if his auto is right, and his wife is having an affair with one of the guests?

How well does Nick know his online friends? And how many have dirty secrets, that only their autos could expose?

 

Friend Request is a 20,000 word short story and is part of the Auto series.

Review extracts

“This is funny, thought provoking and also rather horrific! Is there any one of us without some little bit of information we wouldn’t like spread abroad? As always, David’s writing is clear and unfussy, with a modern feel.”

“An excellent character study (Nick is a computer nerd who has never quite felt that he is in the same league as his vivacious, popular wife Larissa) as well as an absorbing tale of suspense, Friend Request manages to cover an astonishing amount of ground in such a slim tale. By the end of it, I felt like I knew Nick, what his marriage had been like, and what was likely to happen next.”

“With some nice nods to his previous books (including Fake Kate), David narrates a fast-paced story, at times geeky, but with enough detail to get even the non-computer literate to understand what exactly is happening.”

“OMGEEE I WANT A PARTY JUST LIKE THIS ONE, IMAGINE THE TON OF GOSSIP THAT FOLLOWS FROM THAT ! YOU’D HAVE STUFF TO TALK ABOUT FOR YEARS !!!”

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