Saturday, February 8, 2014

Review: Friend Me by John Faubion (Litfuse Blog Tour & Giveaway)

Title: Friend Me
Author: John Faubion
Publisher: Howard Books
Pages: 368
ISBN: 978-1-4767-3872-7
Publication Date: February 4th, 2014

Synopsis:
“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.
Review:
John Faubion hit the ball out of the park with his debut novel Friend Me. It was the perfect mix of suspense, creepiness, and intrigue, with modern day issues.

Friend Me kept me hooked! It really was hard to put this book down to go to bed. John Faubion was able to create such a dark and twisted, sociopath with Melissa. It was interesting to dive inside of her head as the story progressed to see where her thoughts would lead her. He also was able to prortray the insecurities that a woman can feel in her lifetime through the thoughts of Rachel in a very realistic way. With Scott, he shows in the story how easy it is to fall into the temptation of having an affair, whether it be physical or emotional with the access of technology. Friend Me offered such an interesting look into an issue that is a battle for many people.

Friend Me was also a story that can make you think about the information that you put out about yourself and those closes to you, onto the internet. Who is really watching? Who is listening? Who is controlling the programs? Technology has become such a big part of out lives and the technology that is used in Friend Me isn't that far off from happening, with it growing and changing everyday.

With the discussion of affairs, the conversations and issues Scott deals with, along with murder, I wouldn't recommend this book to young readers. If you are a fan of suspense, this is the story for you.

Friend Me was a wonderful debut! I can't wait to read more by John Faubion.

Too Read
4.5 out of 5

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.






Giveaway:
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.



Thank you to Litfuse and Howard Books, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.


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