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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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Denise Baer The title signifies themes in the book. Net relates to the internet, being caught in a net of lies, or tangled in a net. As for Switch, it’s something…moreThe title signifies themes in the book. Net relates to the internet, being caught in a net of lies, or tangled in a net. As for Switch, it’s something the reader will find out about as the story unravels. (less)
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Jul 01, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Anthea Carson
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jeri Walker
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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Jeffrey Poole
Mar 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
John David
Aug 10, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Rachel Eliason
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Jameel Hijazeen
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book from the author, whom I know through a book club, in return for an honest review.
The story of the main character in this book was interesting, mysterious and I could not let the book down the moment I started reading it. I finished it over two consecutive days. Because I am doing my medical residency in the psychiatry, I thought at the beginning, that it would be difficult to write an honest review without criticising many aspects of psychiatry-related issues
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Denise Baer has gone through life in ecstasy (not the drug). At times, she couldn’t quite remember where she was or how she got there. But that’s a story for when she gets to know you. For now, she’d like to concentrate on her successes…, which aren’t too many. She’s not an award-winning author, never starred in a porn, or entered a beauty contest.

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