Thursday, June 5, 2014

Friend Me by by John Faubion

About the Book:

“You’re afraid you are becoming unfaithful, aren’t you?”

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. 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 Me 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.

My Thoughts:

In a word: CREEPY!  John Faubion takes the concept of social media and tweaks it into something that will give you pause the next time you accept a friend request.  It's one thing to have cyber friendships.  It's an entirely different concept to create a friend to your custom standards...your perfect companion in cyberspace.

But someone is behind the screen, pulling strings and manipulating information.  The book starts out with a shocking scene, then tones down the following chapters, lulling the reader into a false sense of just an every day story about an unhappy marriage.

Then BOOM!  The pace picks up, the twists come flying at you, and before you know it, you've gone someplace you've never imagined.  Think "Fatal Attraction" meets "Facebook".  If you are easily spooked, read this one with the lights on and the doors bolted securely.

I enjoyed my complimentary copy from my friends at Howard Publishing, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.  I'm eager to see what John Faubion comes up with next.

Happy Reading!



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