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Feb 07

Friend Me by John Faubion

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I received a copy of this book in order to provide a review. All thoughts are my own.
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When a lonely wife and her frustrated husband each secretly pursue companionship online, neither dreams that a real woman is behind their virtual creations, threatening their marriage—and their lives.

Scott and Rachel’s marriage is on the brink of disaster. Scott, a businessman with a high-pressure job, just wants Rachel to understand him and accept his flaws. Rachel is a lonely housewife, desperate for attention and friendship. So she decides to create a virtual friend online, unaware that Scott is doing the exact same thing. As Rachel desperately tries to re-create a friendship with a friend who has passed, Scott becomes unfaithful and is torn between the love for his wife and the perfection of his cyber-girlfriend. But neither realizes that there’s a much larger problem looming…

Behind both of their online creations is Melissa, a woman who is brilliant—and totally insane. Masquerading as both friend and lover, Melissa programmed a search parameter into the virtual friend software to find her perfect man, but along the way she forgot to specify his marriage status. And Scott is her ideal match. Now Melissa is determined to have it all—Scott, his family, and Rachel’s life.

As Melissa grows bolder and her online manipulations transition into the real world, Scott and Rachel figure out they are being played. Now it’s a race against time as Scott and Rachel fight to save their marriage, and their lives, before it’s too late.

In today’s digital age, the Internet presents all kinds of opportunities to test our personal boundaries, and this exciting and suspenseful story raises important questions about the ethics of virtual relationships. Friend Me will open your eyes to a new—and terrifying—moral dimensions and how they play out in the real world.

Purchase copy and learn more at John’s website.

My review:

When I was offered the chance to review this book, I jumped on it.  I constantly marvel at how far we’ve come in such a short time regarding technology.  Six years ago, I had never heard of Facebook and now it’s a huge part of my life.  Friend Me offers a glimpse into the future of social networking technology that I’m sure we’ll see sooner rather than later.

Although I’ve never seen Fatal Attraction, I know enough about the story to feel that this book is a variation on the story of “psycho woman wants another woman’s man”.  If you like a good thriller, you’ll enjoy this book.

The difference in Faubion’s story from many others is that he does not have gratuitous sex scenes.  In fact, he’s so vague that I was left wondering just what Scott had done with Alicia.  I got the sense that Faubion was trying very hard to stay away from any graphic depictions, but I do feel that a bit more description would have been useful.  Either way, Scott has been unfaithful to his wife, even if just in his mind.  This book helps us to see that such circumstances do not have to mean the end of a marriage.

Overall, I was greatly impressed with Friend Me.  I found it exciting to read about technology that is surely coming our way.  I was also sufficiently creeped out to want to be wary if anything like Virtual Friend Me should ever come into existence.

About the author:

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John Faubion has spent many years in Asia as a missionary with his family. Since returning to the United States, John has worked as a senior software developer for a large appliance chain. He teaches an adult Sunday school class and enjoys writing and driving his 1949 Packard automobile. John lives near Indianapolis with his wife, Beth, and their daughter.

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John Faubion is celebrating his debut novel, Friend Me, with a Kindle HDX giveaway!

One winner will receive:

  • A brand new Kindle Fire HDX
  • Friend Me by John Faubion

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 22nd. Winner will be announced February 24th on John Faubion’s blog.


Don’t miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by John’s blog on the 24th to see if you won.

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