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Litfuse Publicity: Friend Me by John Faubion #grow4christ

on February 17, 2014

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.

You can read an excerpt and purchase a copy at Christian Suspense.

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.

You can learn more about John Faubion at Christian Suspense.

My Opinion:

Wow, and wow again!  Usually I never know what I’m getting into when I read a new author and their first book but I cannot wait to read more by John Faubion – because Friend Me sucked me into the story and kept my attention the entire day! I’m a big user of social media and it benefits my blog to use social media so how fun it was to read a book that centers on a new type of social media, VirtualFriendMe.com, in which a person can create a virtual friend for themselves – Rachel re-creates her friend that passed away while her husband creates a female friend that makes him cross a line.  The book deals with the issues that can come up in social media, such as what a real friendship is and how it can also become an addiction that quickly turns unhealthy and sinful.

Thrown in to the mix is the woman who will stop at nothing to run the program and find her ‘perfect’ man even if that means he has a wife, and children.  As Rachel and Scott become aware of what’s going on and the sinister plot that threatens to destroy Rachel’s life as well as their family – they realize what is really important to them – their faith and their family.  The past of Melissa tries to make the reader somewhat sympathetic to her, until they realize how evil she is – although I couldn’t sympathize much because I’ve known people with horrible childhoods and other horrors who rise above and are wonderful people, but that wouldn’t have made for a good suspenseful book.

My oldest daughter, who is now 12, wants to read this book and I told her that I would let her but I also told her that while no scenes are depicted in detail (such as Alicia, Scott’s virtual girlfriend or the rape scene) there are issues that may be scary – but I told her we can talk about them and discuss them.  I appreciate that these scenes were not depicted in detail, both for myself and the fact I can give the book to my daughter, it has a great redeeming value in that forgiveness, the grace of God and a marriage that comes through a fire and survives are themes that I want all my children to pick up – so I feel comfortable giving this to my oldest daughter and we’ll enjoy discussing it together.

To see what other readers had to say about Friend Me visit the Litfuse Landing Page.

John Faubion is celebrating his debut novel, Friend Me, with a Kindle HDX giveaway!

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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.

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