John Faubion's Debut Novel "Friend Me"

Title:  Friend Me
Author:  John Faubion
Pages:  335
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Howard Books
Wow!  That is the first word that came to my mind as I finished reading this great suspense thriller by John Faubion.  The first chapter will grab readers’ attentions and the rest of the story will keep them captive until the action-packed conclusion.  The story is set in Indianapolis, Indiana, and could be taken right from our own newspaper.
Scott and Rachel Douglas are a young, 30-something couple with two small children.  Rachel is a stay-at-home mom, trying to lose the extra baby weight, keep the house up, look after her children and keep her man happy.  She misses her best friend who died of cancer two years previous.  She is skimming the Internet when she sees an advertisement for a company that offers a virtual friend.  She decides to check it out and soon has her new/old best friend in her life again via computer technology.  Scott sees how much this pleases Rachel and decides maybe he should have a virtual friend too.  He wants someone he can tell everything to.  However, he chooses a female virtual friend and from that point on things start spinning out of control.  He neglects his children, his wife, his church and his job as he focuses more and more on Alicia, his virtual friend.  He convinces himself that since she is not real, he is doing nothing wrong and nobody is getting hurt.  He soon finds out he couldn’t be more mistaken.
This story should also serve as a warning to those who have allowed technology to control their lives.  It shows how easy we can be deceived by others and ourselves.  We can rationalize our immoral behavior away, thinking we are keeping our secret.  However, we all know that sooner or later someone is going to find out and then disaster strikes.  I can so easily see this story happening in real life.  Even though this is a fictional account, the possibilities in this scenario are very realistic.  I just admired Rachel so much for her willingness to quickly forgive her husband because that was what Christ wanted her to do and how they stood strong as a united couple to battle the evil that had come into their lives.  I also liked how Scott finally realized he had to man up and be the man God created him to be, to protect his family and to see them safe.  I highly recommend getting this book.  I’m looking forward to see what exciting new book this author comes out with next!
My rating is 5 stars.

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