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Net Switch

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  26 ratings  ·  14 reviews
In the dead of winter, Sydney Hayes finds herself in an internet chat room in hopes of expelling her loneliness. Enchanted by a stranger, she soon finds herself caught up in an affair that spills over into her everyday life. Within a short period of time, the stranger captures her mind, her body and eventually her heart, but excitement turns to terror and Sydney must aband ...more
Paperback, 298 pages
Published December 21st 2011 by Denise Baer
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Jeffrey Poole
Makes you think twice about online dating...

I received a copy of this book to read/review as an official reviewer from

Net Switch is a dark, psychological thriller which picks right up from the start and doesn't really let you go until the end. There is romance, drama, and intense moments of sheer terror all bundled neatly into a journal-esque form throughout the entire book.

The story follows the (unfortunate) exploits of Sydney, a lonely forty-something woman who
Denise Baer makes the transition to novels and suspense in Net Switch. This psychological thriller follows Chicagoan Sydney Hayes, a seemingly nominal component of the working world. Her loneliness and a blizzard result in a chat room conversation and a tragic relationship that follows her across the country. Her trials and tribulations include a mental institution, murder, a stalker, and more. Plot twists and tragedies are abundant and readers are definitely left guessing throughout.

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Mary Vazquez
This is one of the best books I have read in quite a while. Full of twists and turns. As a reader, a book has to grab me in the first few sentences or I tend to put it away. I couldn't get enough of this book. I wanted to finish it in one day, but schedules don't permit that so I allowed myself something to look forward to for a three day period of time. I don't want to talk much about the plot b/c I fear giving anything away. However, this book has humor, suspense, keeps you on your toes. After ...more
June Kramin
In a word – wow. A psychological thriller is not something I would have picked up had I not been familiar with the author. I’m usually a wimp when it comes to the books that get your heart pounding, but I’m glad I picked this one up. The writing style is exceptional and the story keeps you turning pages. I am a bad one for always figuring things out and this had me guessing the whole way through. Even at the end when I think I had it – there was a new twist. My heart poured out for Sydney. Nice ...more
Net Switch is a psychological thriller and a survival story, it mixes a bit of drama with the mundane, a bit of mystery with crime and manages to do it in a way that had me believing I knew what was coming (occasionally I did), but most of the time being knocked for six by something completely unexpected.

The unexpected twists in this story all made complete sense once explained, they were complex and well thought out and sometimes so completely gut-wrenching I was staring wide-eyed at my kindle
Full disclosure: I received my copy of Net Switch from the Goodreads Giveaways program.

Net Switch is a difficult book to review. There are so many twists and turns in the plot that it's almost impossible to discuss any particular aspect of the story without giving away something important by accident, so for that reason I'll keep this short and simple.

I enjoyed Net Switch. The concept was quite unique, and Denise Baer is a competent writer though her style in this novel will take some getting us
John David
Net Switch is an interesting read.

I finished it in two sittings, which is unusual for me. Lately I do not finish most of the books that I start, for one reason or another.

As another reviewer said, do not be put off by the three star rating--it means "I liked it," and I did.

It is a psychological thriller, a mystery, and a suspense novel all rolled up into a (mostly) tight little package. You will believe that you have it all figured out, and you will be wrong.

It is because the plot is so comple
Jeri Walker
By far, Denise Baer’s Net Switch is the best self-published book I have read. I stayed up late and got up early to finish. Loss of sleep is one of the best compliments for readability that a book can ever receive. The obscure nature of reality fills this psychological suspense novel with multiple mental twists and turns and invites the reader to sit shot-gun with one very tortured soul.

In order to alleviate her suffering, the narrator finds herself in more than one risky situation. Sydney finds
Rachel Eliason
Net Switch is a fast paced psychological thriller. It quickly catches the reader's attention and holds it throughout. The main characters Sydney has a chance online encounter with a younger man that leads to him stalking her. The action is at times intense as she struggles to keep herself safe from a man that seems almost invisible at times.

It is a well thought out and well written story. True to the thriller genre there are many twists and turns to the plot before the truth is at last revealed
Anthea Carson
This book is well written and hits the ground running, wasting no time in getting right into the story. I couldn't put this book down once I started reading it. It is definitely a cautionary tale, showing the very real dangers women expose themselves to hooking up with strangers they meet on the internet. The loneliness of Sydney Hayes leads her to make a choice she can't turn back from, even when she tries. The book is written in a journal entry format, making it even more terrifying and believ ...more
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Jim Crocker
This is a book that everyone should read before logging on and telling everything you know about yourself. "Think twice" is good advice, but that doesn't do this story justice.

On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog!

I know a guy who was yakking to everyone online about his up-coming vacation. When he returned, he discovered that all his sheep had been carted off - a $25,000 loss. All that was left of the flock was a pile of ears next to the barn. For those who don't know, sheep have/had ear
John Brooke
Denise Baer employs deceptively simple language to spin a complex dream catcher of a nightmare tale, told almost entirely in streaming journal entries.

Reading this book will have you peeling the metaphysical onion, tears and all. She has constructed a conch seashell of a phycological mystery that pulls you in with a tidal roar of brutal physicality and frightened whispering emotions

In short, this story travels the galaxy of raw interacting events to a total unsuspected shocking conclusion.
Meaghan Cusack-Northorp
This book was amazing! I loved how it was written in journal form and all of the suspense. The ending really made sense and I thought it was brilliantly executed!
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Denise Baer is a native of the South Side of Chicago, Illinois. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from DePaul University. She is the author of a collection of poetry, SIPPING A MIX OF VERSE, comprised of traditional form and free verse; a dark, psychological suspense novel, NET SWITCH; and a women's fiction novel, FOGGED UP FAIRY TALE. Her poems have appeared in DANSE MACABRE.

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