Friday, February 21, 2014

John Faubion’s FRIEND ME Kindle HDX Giveaway & Review!

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.

My review: This is an interesting and timely story that really makes you think about our interactions with technology.  How far is too far?  What is infidelity? I was surprised how easily this Christian couple turned to fake online friends rather than to each other.  It especially bothered me how Scott kept justifying to himself that he wasn't cheating since it wasn't a real woman, though it shows how we as humans can justify an awful lot so we won't have to change our ways.  I also thought Rachel trying to recreate a dead friend was creepy, though I could understand where she was coming from.  The relationship deterioration in real life was shown well as the online relationships progressed.  The couple's relationship seemed realistic, with misunderstandings and anger escalating so easily instead of them putting their spouse first.  I wished for suspense throughout more of the book; it mostly felt like it was at the beginning and the end.  I liked the glimpses we got into Melissa's mind.  I sympathized with Melissa and Rachel, but had a harder time with Scott.  If you like unique stories that will challenge you, check it out!

I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

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

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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