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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Friend Me

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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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'll enjoy this interview with John.   He shares a bit of his background, writing and some thoughts about Friend Me:

My Thoughts:
John Faubion has written a gritty and captivating novel in Friend Me.  I was drawn into the story of Melissa, Rachel and Scott from the very first page.  This was really a hard one to put down.  Faubion takes the current and highly relatable topic of social media and takes his reader on wild ride; one that exposes the depths of evil and its affects on everyone it touches.  He doesn't shy away from or try to make more palatable the darkness that we are all just one click and bad decision away  from while sitting before our computers.
He also explores the marriage relationship and shows how big a part faith and trust plays. There were no vanilla scenes or interactions in this story.  On every page was a piece of the puzzle that kept you reading with bated breath.  This was my first novel to read by Faubion, but I can assure you it won't be my last! And as much as I wanted to hate Melissa...well, in the end I was left feeling sorry for her and the pain she lived with in her life.
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Happy Reading,