“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.
Friend Me is John Faubion's debut book and WOW what a debut! This book really opens your eyes to the dangers of social media and where things can go very wrong. Virtualfriendme.com offers what most people want, the perfect friend. It advertises the ability to "build" the perfect person, real or imaginary. Rachel is a lonely wife and mother. Her best friend died a few years back and she hasn't found another friend that could take her place. She learns about Virtualfriendme.com and decides to try it. She is able to upload videos and pictures of Suzanne and she comes back to life in cyber space. For a monthly fee you get to face to face talk, receive emails, and have total confidentiality. Rachel shares this with her husband, Scott. A business man in a high pressured job who feels he can't share all aspects of his work with his wife for fear of disappointing her. One day he decides to check out the virtualfriendme.com to find out what it can do. As he decides to make a "friend" he chooses to make a female friend and things go from there. What Scott doesn't know is that the software developer, Melissa, has written in code to help her find the perfect man. Melissa soon finds out Scott is married because she didn't specify in her code for married or unmarried, and his wife is also using Virtualfriendme.com so she decides to override the computer and manipulate both of them. Soon Melissa's deception goes from the keyboard to the real world. She will have Scott, his family, and Rachel's life by any means necessary.
Friend Me is John Faubion's debut book and I am hooked! As my readers know I love to find new authors and love being able to get debut books to read. This is why, I love finding authors from the start and John Faubion is no exception. Friend Me dives into the virtual world we live in and looks at the downside to all of this technology. Like anything in the virtual world, people are not always who they say they are. You can give yourself any background, any picture you want, any life you want. You can even take over someone elses. John Faubion writes with authority on software development, stocks and trading, marriage, and social medias. All of the characters in this book are unique and interesting. I really liked all of the characters including the villain, Melissa. Melissa's brand of insanity is genius, like nothing I have ever read or seen before. This book literally grabbed me from the start and the twist and turns kept me engaged and guessing all the way to the end. John Faubion brings to light a program that could easily be real, and how easily these medias get out of hand. I truly enjoyed this debut book and cannot wait to see what John Faubion has in store next. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Suspense Fiction, you will NOT be disappointed. This book is eye opening! I give this book 5+ STARS.
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