Saturday, February 8, 2014

"Friend Me" by John Faubion

Problems in your relationship? Just go online and pretend to be someone you are not and create a virtual life ot find friends, right? That's what Scott and Rachel thought independently of each other. Can they find their way back to each other before it's too late?

Scott and Rachel are at a critical point in their marriage. Each simply wants attention and understanding from the other, but they are in two different places. Scotts job is demanding and full of pressures Rachel doesn't understand, and Rachel is a housewife who simply wants some conversation and friendship. The solution - create and online personality to attract friends to spend virtual time with. But, while they think this is harmless, someone else is working against them to take everything from them, someone who is pretending to be a friend to both, but who wants Rachel out of the way. Is deception in a relationship ever a good thing? Can Scott and Rachel save themselves before Melissa takes everything she wants? 

Not only did the title and synopsis of this book catch my eye, but once I opened it, it kept my attention. The characters and situations are so real that they could be taken right from the headlines. If you enjoy books full of suspense and realism, this book is for you. I received my review copy from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review.

Book Info
About the book: 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.

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About the author:
 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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