Friday, February 21, 2014

Book Review - Friend Me


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.

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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This book was so intriguing and, actually, quite frightening at times. When we leave the world of reality and go into the world of the internet and creating virtual friendships. What seems totally innocent, quickly turns frightening and, actually, threatening. 

Scott and Rachel are bored in their marriage and, rather than work on bringing back the sparkle to their relationship, they turn to online relationships. Scott, especially, would have warnings come to his mind, even Scriptures, but he chose to ignore these warnings with dire consequences.

So often when we get on the internet - especially games or social networks - we forget there are real people behind these "characters". Sometimes, as this book reveals, these people are frightening and threatening and they are able to get into our real lives quite easily.

I think this is a really good book. It was exciting and thrilling and it kept me turning the pages. The ending may have wrapped up a little quickly, but that was okay because it was a great story and it kept my attention to the end. 

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

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Blessings - Julie

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