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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 l
Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Howard Books
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First, let me just say that I love the cover. It shows in a very suspenseful way how what comes out of the internet/computer can shatter your life. That was definitely true with this book. I loved how suspenseful it was and how creative the author was when he developed the story. What an imagination! But it was believably done.

The writing was very good for a debut novel, too. I didn't read anything boring that made me want to skim the pages. The author used the context of a virtual connection wi
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
John Faubion’s debut novel speaks to the heart of relationships, of the depths of marriage and the reality of what betrayal and unfaithfulness looks like to people of faith.

Not something we might expect from a former missionary unless we knew that missionary turned software developer.

You just knew a book like Friend Me had to come sooner or later in today’s social media world. Virtual reality, while around for a while, melds dangerously with physical reality in this story. When loneliness and di
Aug 17, 2013 rated it liked it
I found Faubion's debut novel quite a pleasure to read, and I think many other readers would as well. I especially would recommend Friend Me to people who enjoy these kinds of novels:

1) Thrillers that have some element of suspense -- You will especially enjoy this book if you appreciate thrillers that are fast-paced and inspire fear without any really horrifying elements as one would find in a novel that borders between the thriller and horror genres or in mysteries and thrillers that focus thei
Paul Pessolano
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
“friend me” by John Faubion, published by Howard Books.

Category – Religion, Romance, Mystery Publication Date – February 04, 2014

This was a hard book to categorize, it has a little bit of everything in it but it really excels in the computer world of virtual creations and social media.

Scott and Rachel Douglas have what one would consider an ideal marriage, he has a good job and they have two wonderful children. However, over the years their marriage has grown stale. Scott works long hours and sp
Kate (The Shelf Life)

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 f
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense
To me a five star rating not only says you liked the book a lot, but it also indicates that one can learn/make life changes as a result of reading the story. For this reason I chose a "five" for "Friend Me" by John Faubion.

Faubion tackles an epic twilight zone subject. It is the seemingly little issues that engages and pulls us into bigger problems. Our true personality comes out to play when we make choices in secret. Will we lie to save our job, click on the site just once, hide this informati
Tj Akers
Oct 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-list
I enjoyed Mr. Faubion's debut novel. It wasn't perfect, but there was so much to like, it didn't matter. The books premise was "chilling" to say the least as it addresses what can happen when the private regions of a person's soul are made open to all through social media. One can never tell who might be reading in this age of instant data access, and this book should make you care who does.

His rock-solid narrative made the book easy to read and accessible to anyone regardless of their levels o
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Friend Me is John Faubion's debut novel, and I HIGHLY recommend that you get yourself a copy when it releases on February 4, 2014!

I loved this book, and typically I'm not a huge fan of suspense. However, I could not tear myself away from this story - I was completely fascinated and intrigued the entire time. I had to keep reading to find out how it all would end.

This book explores the possibilities of just how far social media and technology can go -it gave me chills! This is totally a "ripped f
Jennifer Sikora
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book almost reminds me of a movie I watched years ago about a psychopath woman who fell in love with a man and tried to get his life.

I really loved this book because today, women and men both fall prey to the secretive online relationships that ruin marriages. I was glad to see that an author FINALLY wrote a novel about this situation and how it can definitely cause turmoil in relationships.

Grab a copy of this book today. You will not be sorry.
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wow! What a book! Can't wait to see what more this author has in store for us!
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
It couldn't hold me. Emotional cheating and with a computer no less was disturbing. Fatal attraction meets Tron.
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from Litfuse Publicity for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Book Description:

“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,
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
If there was a way to recreate someone you had lost due to an unexpected death with the only exception being that they were not physically real, meaning you couldn't go see them, but in every other aspect they were as real as you and I, would you be interested?

What about having the perfect wife or husband? One you could create from scratch and be everything you ever wanted, a great listener, a romantic at heart, or someone who simply gave you everything you needed to hear and kept all your secr
Karielle at Books à la Mode
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog
"You're afraid of becoming unfaithful, aren't you?"

The deadly situation Rachel and Scott find themselves in is a domestic nightmare: an utterly creepy, technology-fueled nightmare. Both lonely and both exhausted—in different ways entirely—each turns to VirtualFriendMe, a website where one can personalize their own virtual friend—who can speak, chat, email, and even grow like a real human being. While VirtualFriendMe may be sweeping the nation, neither of them are aware of the fact that their con
Victor Gentile
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
John Faubion in his new book, “Friend Me” published by Howard Books brings us into the lives of Scott and Rachel Douglas.

From the Back Cover: “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
Melissa Montalvo is an ambitious young software development specialist who has just been given her dream job—a project to create virtual online friends in an IT start-up, working on the next Facebook or SecondLife—only better. The friend you can share anything with, because they’re not real. More intimate.

Rachel and Scott Douglas are the parents of two small children. Rachel is a stay-at-home mom who feels isolated—her husband works all hours in his job as an investment advisor, and she doesn’t
Rob Slaven
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, religion
Firstly, and as is usually the case, I must provide a disclaimer that I didn't really buy this book. Instead, I received it directly from the author who just happens to sit a scant 10 feet from me at work each day. Despite this kind consideration, and the fact that anything I say might cause my cubicle to be set aflame before I arrive at work tomorrow, I will review this title with absolute candor. Anything less would be a violation of my personal integrity, which is worth more than a few flamin ...more
Lisa Johnson
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 childre
Jalynn Patterson
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
About the Book:
“She isn't real. . . right?”

A lonely wife and a frustrated husband create virtual online friends, trying to deal with the pressures of a marriage gone flat, and a high-pressure job.

Torn between his love for his wife, and the perfection of his virtual girlfriend, he becomes unfaithful.

Neither dream that behind the screen is a single real woman, masquerading both as friend and lover. She is determined to have the man for herself, so his wife must die.

Christian suspense at its best!
Wow, and wow again! Usually I never know what I’m getting into when I read a new author and their first book but I cannot wait to read more by John Faubion – because Friend Me sucked me into the story and kept my attention the entire day! I’m a big user of social media and it benefits my blog to use social media so how fun it was to read a book that centers on a new type of social media,, in which a person can create a virtual friend for themselves – Rachel re-creates her fri ...more
Amy Bradsher
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What would you do if your wife was being targeted for murder - so that someone could take her place in your life? That's one of the questions being asked in the debut novel Friend Me by John Faubion.

Another pertinent question is Where are the lines of fidelity and faithlessness drawn? And Is it possible to cheat with a virtual friend, one who exists only digitally? If there's no flesh-and-blood involved?

In our modern digital age, these are not only relevant but important. With cyber-everythin
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Friend Me
By: John Faubion

Friend Me is John Faubion’s first novel. I hope he writes many, many more. This was a great book full of suspense and mystery. I kept turning the pages, waiting to see what would happen next. Faubion has a unique way with words that brings the characters to life and pulls you into the action.

What happens when you can’t talk to anyone and you feel like you don’t have any friends who care? Technology has progressed to the point that a company can make virtual friends. The
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
With the growth of the internet and all of the social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, I guess it is only a matter a time before an actual site like the one mentioned in this book comes to fruition. It is with that thought in mind, that I couldn’t wait to dive into this book.

Scott and Rachel have hit a rut in their marriage. Rachel spends her day caring for their child and Scott spends his day at work supporting his family. Both of them feel they are doing exactly what they are
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, suspense
Friend Me is a wonderful suspense novel by John Faubion.

Scott and Rachel have been married for several years, but the addition of two children and a high pressured job for Scott have added stress to a once fulfilling marriage. Rachel has the opportunity to create a virtual fan to replace her deceased best friend, Suzanne. She works very hard to make this virtual friend as much like the real Suzanne as possible. Once hooked, she signs up for the premium service and is temporarily satisfied by thi
Emilie Haney
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy
Friend Me is John Faubion's first release coming out on February 4, 2014. This trilling suspense novel will leave you frantically turning pages late into the night as it did for me.

It's the idea of a virtual friend that draws both Scott and Rachel to and the possibility of creating their own online friends. With their marriage struggling, both Scott and Rachel are turning to the one thing that could ultimately destroy their marriage and even their lives.

This book took me th
Brooke (i blog 4 books)
4.5 stars

Review originally posted on i blog 4 books:

Scott and Rachel each turn to virtual friends when life starts getting complicated. As they each share more and more of themselves with their new friends, they grow more distant from each other. When things take a really strange—and scary!—twist, they realize that they still desperately need each other. But will they be able to overcome the hurts of the past months in time to figure out what in the world
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Imagine Facebook on steroids. If social media didn't frighten you before, it will after you read "Friend Me" by John Faubion. Taking Facebook to a new level, can create a virtual friend who can look and act like anyone you want even someone who has passed away. If you could create a virtual friend, would you? Should you?

Scott is a man in a high-pressure job married to Rachel who is a lonely housewife who desperately wants to be the wife Scott needs and wants. While viewing Facebook,
Cheri Swalwell
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege to read Friend Me by John Faubion. This was the first book of Mr. Faubion I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was hooked from the first page, being introduced to the mind behind the “friend.” I have to admit, I was scared but drawn in.

I loved how Mr. Faubion described Scott and Rachel and I could clearly see the dynamics of their marriage. Their struggles were described perfectly and were so relatable. I could feel their pain and it was written as though I was right
Laura A. Grace
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed "Friend Me"! It was such a unique way to deliver the message of faithfulness in a marriage with a twist!

The overall concept of John Faubion's debut is an interesting one! The company Virtual Friend Me felt so realistic and it's effects on society, especially how Scott enters into a virtual relationship in the first place! However despite that the company is not real, I really appreciated one of the big messages in this novel concerning virtual relationships of today. Just be
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is one of the best Christian fiction I've read for the simple fact that it creepily resonates. The story takes the technology we have today and creates a company that is feasible. Additionally, the issue of infidelity and being unfaithful to a spouse via internet (emotional infidelity) is placed squarely in the category of unfaithful. This, I think, is what makes the story so very powerful. Scott never lays a hand on another woman yet he gives the care and love he should have been giving Ra ...more
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I'm a writer of Suspense fiction, and am a former thirty-year foreign missionary, now working as Senior Software Engineer for a large electronics and appliance retailer.
In 1966, as a new Christian and an American soldier in Vietnam, I was deeply moved at my first exposure to idolatry.
In 1974, after completing Bible college and missionary deputation, our family of four moved to South Vietnam to

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