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Friend Me: A Novel of Suspense [Paperback]

By John Faubion (Author)
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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.

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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.

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Pages   339
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 1"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2014
Publisher   Simon & Schuster
ISBN  1476738726  
ISBN13  9781476738727  


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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.


More About John Faubion

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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Great Debut Novel with a Powerful Message!  Mar 13, 2015
I thoroughly enjoyed Friend Me! It was such a unique way to deliver the message of faithfulness in a marriage with a twist!

The overall concept of John Faubion's debut is an interesting one! The company Virtual Friend Me felt so realistic and it's effects on society, especially how Scott enters into a virtual relationship in the first place! However despite that the company is not real, I really appreciated one of the big messages in this novel concerning virtual relationships of today. Just because it's online and doesn't seem real, it doesn't mean that a person is remaining faithful to their spouse. As with Scott's interactions with his online "girl" it quickly became something more then just needing a friend. She began to consume his very thoughts and take time away from his family because he felt she was perfect in every way of meeting his needs (all except the physical).

One of the biggest things I took from this novel was that it's important to guard your heart against temptation. It may seem that the marriage lost some of it's "sparkle" since the wedding day, but being content with your spouse and being grateful for them is key into not looking elsewhere.

I give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars since near the latter part of the book I felt things were sometimes a little rushed, such as Rachel discovering everything so quickly. However, I still highly recommend Friend Me to anyone who enjoys a good suspense novel with a message of the importance of faithfulness in marriage as well as forgiveness!

*(Thank you Litfuse for letting me receive a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review! All thoughts expressed are my own and I was not required to write a positive review!)*
 
Don't Go There  Oct 2, 2014
**** 4 Stars

This book will hold your attention and at points take you to the limit of how much suspense you can bear. I was surprised by the high qualifty of writing and plotting from this debut novelist. The author is good with his craft. I would have given it a five star, but the ending was a bit confusing, and did not have a finely tuned resolution. My husband read this novel to me while we commuted to and from the office. He felt disappointed at the end, but otherwise thoroughly enjoyed this author's writing.

I especially liked the way the author addresses current issues in our world that are pulling the threads that bind out of the families who don't always choose wisely from a multitude of entertainment options. Thread by thread, the family in this book was being pulled apart by going with the worldly temptations for escape rather than addressing problems head on and making needed corrections. Most husbands and wives will be able to relate at least to some of the issues brought forth in this book. Of course, for novelty's sake, and to hold the reader's attention, the plot has very extreme consequences to show what could feasibly happen when people jump ship from God's direction and plans. This is a bit of a warning kind of book, but it is not in any sense a preachy book. Because of the author's background, I thought it might be a bit more preachy, but I assure you that you will not find it to be so.

I won this book on another author's blog site. I recommend it to all who are mature and enjoy suspense. It has a strong message about the family in regards to what pulls it apart and also how a husband and wife must become a united force to keep the family together.
 
Social Media Danger Action Adventure Thriller  Feb 22, 2014
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.

Stress and poor communication at home can lead to the spouses drawing even further from each other and unfaithfulness. They finally build a social platform where you can build your own friend and eliminate the need for picking and choosing friends on other sites. Are you still being unfaithful even though the female you are communicating with supposedly doesn’t exist? How does this new friend change the dynamic in your marriage? What will you do when this friend tries to destroy it? These are the questions Mr. Faubion sets out to answer in this very exciting thriller. He also gives us a chilling look at the dangers of the Internet and social websites. We need real friends, real individuals who can understand us and be there for us when we need them and we can be there when they need us. ”Friend Me” is an exciting page turner that will keep you reading and flipping pages as fast as possible. Don’t start this book late at night because it will cost you sleep as you will not want to put it down. Mr. Faubion has given us characters that are marvelous, meticulously crafted, and each one literally breathes on the pages. ”Friend Me” is a well done novel that I liked a lot.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
 
Reviews From A Man's Perspective  Feb 11, 2014
With the growth of the internet and all of the social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, I guess it is only a matter a time before an actual site like the one mentioned in this book comes to fruition. It is with that thought in mind, that I couldn’t wait to dive into this book.

Scott and Rachel have hit a rut in their marriage. Rachel spends her day caring for their child and Scott spends his day at work supporting his family. Both of them feel they are doing exactly what they are supposed to be doing to make their marriage work, but they are both falling short of a fulfilling marriage. Rachel finds a website that offers to “recreate” lost ones from the past and she sets out to “recreate” her friend Suzanne. As she builds her best friend, the realism intrigues Scott. Scott, though, creates someone to listen to him, a female companion. After Scott starts building his friend, parameters within the software alert the programmer that her “dream guy” is looking for someone. As she begins to sculpt herself into Scott’s virtual friend, the drama begins to spiral out of control. Is Rachel’s virtual friend real? Does Scott cross the line with his virtual friend? Can their real marriage survive what’s happening in the virtual world? Find out the answer to these great questions when you BUY THE BOOK!

This is the first book by John Faubion and definitely looks like it won’t be his last. The tension and stress that he writes into his characters are so real allowing the reader the chance to “see” themselves or loved ones that they know in those roles. He has created some memorable characters in Rachel and Scott. Not because of some outlandish lifestyle, but because they came across as real people just like the rest of us. The storyline flowed smoothly and while the author may have taken some creative freedom when it came to describing the technology behind the “friends”, I don’t think that the reality isn’t too far behind.

Is this a “Guy’s Book”? This is a great book and should be read by anybody, man or woman. This will hopefully open up some eyes to those that say, “it isn’t real, so who’s it really hurting?”
 
Friend Me ~ A Novel of Suspense  Feb 5, 2014
This book is sure to make you rethink how you interact on social media! We all seem to have people that we only know online. We've never met them in person and don't think a thing of revealing personal details to this unknown person because after all we connect so well with them.

That's sort of how it starts with Scott and Rachel. Their marriage is unraveling and they both long to have someone that understands how they feel. When a 'virtual' friend begins to meet those needs it all seems so perfect. But who is behind this 'virtual' friend?

I love a great book of suspense that has me cringing and shuddering. Friend Me was that and more! It was one of those books that you begin to wonder just how the author came up with all these creepy angles. What is HE really like? LOL

If you like a novel that will keep you up at night and on the edge of your seat and totally skeptical about all of your Facebook friends, then you should definitely pick up a copy of this one!

I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
 
Watch Out Who You Friend  Feb 3, 2014
I sort of thought Friend Me started off kind of weird to me. Within the first fifty pages, though, I was hooked. I could not quit turning the pages. I loved the character of Rachel. As a stay at home mom. I could really relate with her.
I thought the book was really good and entertaining. I could not put it down. I had to know how it ends. Which, I was quite disappointed with and felt like the last 20-30 pages were rushed and confusing. That’s why I give it 4 stars instead of 5. I do look forward to see what else this author comes up with in his next book.
I received a free copy of this book from Howard Books, for my honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
 
A MUST READ describing our Social Media Hazards  Jan 29, 2014
I’m thankful for the review copy of this riveting, page-turning, novel. It’s an insightful tour through cyber space that shows just how easy it is to be sucked into an addictive secret world. This author shows the potential for wicked abuse of a secret Virtual Friend and how quickly this secret breaks down the family and a society as a whole. This book also shows readers how easy it is to take your virtual friend anywhere you go and how in this case it can be a “fatal attraction.” for real in Scott and Rachel’s situation!

I’m glad they had an interview with the author in the back of the book. The author was asked “When do you think Scott became unfaithful in the story? Answer: …when he as asked which he wanted a “male or female friend?” Scott replied “female”. At that point, he’d crossed over. He became unfaithful…when a husband chooses some women other than his wife as his confidant, companion, or female best friend; he’s turned down the road of infidelity.”

He goes on to say, “…we live in an age where people choose to exist in virtual worlds…we need to focus on real people, real lives. Real friends. Real love.”

This author pens a heart racing suspense drama that’s all too real. He talks about the seductive side of on-line friends that compromise our virtues one key stroke at a time. This author explores the definition of reality, morality, the imagination, and how our perception affects our heart and our personal relationships forever.

The story opens up with Melissa, the creator of Virtual Friends website. She has a dark side with an unbelievable past. I was nervous in the beginning of this story because this was the author’s debut novel and I didn’t know how creepy he would get. It’s dark in the beginning and in parts, very realistic and gives readers insight on how easy it is to get on a road in life that’s a fast track to losing everything they hold dear. Everyone is tempt-able, no one’s perfect. We need help and encouragement to keep the main thing the main thing in our lives, relationship with God, real people and real love. God is there to heal our hearts and situation no matter what we fall into.

I liked how this author tactfully dealt with these sensitive issues. He conveyed the message and/or situations without being too graphic. I liked that. This author has a faith message that’s natural to the story. It’s not heavy handed but makes you think. It shows how fast life can unravel and how God can heal deep hurts if you give him a chance.

There are discussion questions in the book that will get everyone talking. This would be a fascinating book for a book club pick. At the back of the book it has a page called Bonus Features its ideas for your meeting that will enhance your book club experience and further the discussion of this book. The internet has affected our lives in so many good and bad ways. This book shows how we must guard our heart, mind and emotions. It’s easier than ever in the privacy of your own home or car to go to the dark side.

I would avoid talking about this book in a public setting as sensitive issues most likely will surface. This is a must read for our cyber culture society. This book will rock your world and give you hope in navigating uncharted territory on the web. I highly recommend this novel and look forward to this author’s next book. Friend Me is a story you’ll be reminded of every time you sit down at your computer! John Faubion is an author to watch.

Nora St.Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! www.bookfun.org
Finding Hope Through Fiction www.psalm516.blogspot.com
 
Suspense of Virtual Friendships  Jan 23, 2014
Title: Friend Me Author: John Faubion Publisher: Simon and Schuster ISBN: 978-1-4767-3872-7 What if you could invent your own perfect virtual friend on the internet? What if that made-up creation was so realistic that the person actually appeared in your life? This interesting concept comes alive in John Faubion’s novel, "Friend Me." At three hundred and sixty-eight pages, this Christian suspense fiction targets those interested in artificial intelligence coming to life in the social network setting. Having no profanity, the topic of adultery along with references to murder and violence would be appropriate for mature readers. With two pages of reviews at the beginning, the end includes a book description, discussion questions, book club activities suggestions, and questions to the author. In this current-day tome, Scott and Rachel Douglas appear to have a perfect Christian marriage where he works long hours in securities trading while she is a stay-at-home mom taking care of their two young children. Feeling lonely and unappreciated, Rachel finds herself on the internet, visiting VirtualFriendMe.com where she willing sets up a free account, creating the splitting image of a deceased best-friend she lost years ago. Although she knows the apparition is not real, she easily builds a relationship, divulging her emotions and secrets to the computer screen. When she shows Scott how real her virtual friend appears, he decides to create his own online confidant. The minute he selects the female choice he succumbs to being unfaithful to his marriage vows and gets caught up with an image named Angela, who consumes his thoughts. VirtualFriendMe.com’s senior program designer is Melissa Montalvo, a strong, self-determined, and obsessive woman with a hidden past. Since she has secretly programmed to find her perfect romantic match in the system, she becomes compulsive, possessed, and fixated when Scott’s profile matches everything but his marital status. Determined to find her “virtual love” she fanatically overtakes both of the Douglas’s accounts by acting like their virtual friends, learning their strengths, weaknesses, personalities, frustrations, and deepest secrets. As the world crumbles around the married couple, they have to ask God for help in staying one step ahead of the crazed Melissa as they try putting the pieces together before she sinisterly destroys their relationship. As Faubion’s first novel, the concept of a virtual vision flows cleverly and realistically within the storyline, especially in regards to a person being unfaithful in marriage. Although sometimes predictable, the twists and turns cause the reader to question how much damaging information can be gleaned on social media sites. Thanks to Simon and Schuster for furnishing this book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s opinions. Blog site: http://connywithay.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/friend-me-a-novel-of-suspense/
 
A thought provoking novel!  Jan 22, 2014
One sentence review of Friend Me: This book is chilling and fascinating. When you read it, you need to be prepared for a scary story that isn't just entertainment. Friend Me sure elicited a strong emotional response as I read. There were times I shuddered and times I felt revulsion. Now that is powerful storytelling! I want to call the writing style 'plain' in the best of ways, because it brings to life just how ordinary Scott and Rachel's days were. Scott worked hard and then came home tired and wanted an ever-listening, supportive wife to be waiting for him. What he found was his beloved Rachel, who had difficult days herself and needed him to understand her once in a while. When the chance came for Rachel to create an online friend to share her burdens with, she took it. After all, how perfect and safe can it get? You design this "person" to your own specs, you program them to be anyone you want, you can call them up on the screen at will, they are present when and if it is convenient for you, they never talk behind your back or share your secrets, and they "live" for you and your purposes alone. All goes well until Scott designs himself a friend too. An intimate friend. A woman. And because he knows she's only virtual, he plugs his ears against the warning bells he is hearing. Adultery with a flesh and blood woman we can all understand, but fantasy about a fantasy is insane! And that's just it: As technology gives us more all-senses-involved experiences, we need to define what is real. Is a virtual person a person? Does FriendMe dot com produce real friends? What is real? What is "alive?" What a thought-provoking novel this is. Thank you Litfuse for my review copy. I look forward to more books from John Faubion in the future!
 
Great book - first time author for me  Jan 9, 2014
I had the privilege to read Friend Me by John Faubion. This was the first book of Mr. Faubion I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was hooked from the first page, being introduced to the mind behind the “friend.” I have to admit, I was scared but drawn in.

I loved how Mr. Faubion described Scott and Rachel and I could clearly see the dynamics of their marriage. Their struggles were described perfectly and were so relatable. I could feel their pain and it was written as though I was right there experiencing it alongside them.

This was a book I didn’t want to put down. I didn’t anticipate all the twists and turns and truly enjoyed being surprised throughout the book. I thoroughly loved how Mr. Faubion gave glimpses to the psychology behind why the “friend” did what she did. That just added a level of depth that enhanced the story and kept it going - answering questions I had been asking myself from the beginning while keeping the story exciting and moving forward.

The spiritual element was great as well. It was subtle, yet touched me personally at the end. I was able to gather encouragement from Scott and the situation he was in because God truly does provide and protect for those He loves which was demonstrated so well throughout the book. What appeared to be an insurmountable disaster turned out to be a blessing in the end. That gave me encouragement in my personal life and I truly believe God spoke directly to me with that part of the story. I actually had tears in my eyes as though Scott was a friend. It reignited my passion for a possible future career of my own.

Great book - I can’t wait to read more from this author. He may be new to me, but he’s definitely one I will be on the lookout for to keep reading more of.

 

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