Friend Me by John Faubion (Book Review)

graphic of Friend Me book coverIn this social-media-happy age, I’ve questioned who I should “friend” and how I should interact with them online. I don’t ever want Robert to have a reason to question my love for or loyalty to him.

Friend Me by John Faubion depicts the collision of virtual and real world relationships and deftly unveils the consequences of building less-than-wise friendships. This fast-paced tale gripped me strongly enough that I did not want to put the book down until I had finished reading the last page.

At times, I found myself wanting to reach into the pages and shake some sense into the characters. Other times, I wanted to envelop them in a hug. While my emotions ranged from anger, empathy, frustration, and disdain, my interest in the characters and the plot did not wane.

Revka’s rating: A

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The official blurb: 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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John Faubion is celebrating his debut novel, Friend Me, with a Kindle HDX giveaway! friendme-400 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.

FTC-mandated notice: Litfuse Publicity provided me with a free copy of this book for review purposes. My review reflects my own opinions.

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