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4.36  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Librarian's Note: This is an Alternate Cover Edition for ISBN10: 0991326814 ISBN13: 9780991326815 - Net Switch.

This novel contains strong language, violence and sexual content.

She is trying to get out of the mental institution. He wants to keep her in. The only possibility for her release is to hand over her prize possession-her journal, but can she trust him with her secr
Paperback, 2nd Edition, 314 pages
Published December 2015 by Baer Books Press (first published December 21st 2011)
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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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Jammin Jenny
Interesting premise, I enjoyed the book. The format of the book was confusing at times. The journal seemed to go back and forth in time and written by more than one person. By the end I kind of figured out what was going on, but didn't see the number of people finally involved.
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
Anthea Carson
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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.

Ms. Baer wr
Jeffrey Poole
Mar 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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Jameel Hijazeen
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Mary Vazquez
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
John Brooke
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jim Crocker
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
*2.5 stars

DNF'ed at page 87

This book is very heavy, and felt that while reading it. I could only read a few pages at the time before putting it down, because it was effect me. I do feel that this is a personal experience for me. Overall the book is greatly written and very engrossing, I am wondering what would happen, but mentally I can't handle finishing it.
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first half of the book was confusing and I didn't think I was going to like the book at all. Woah, it sure did pick up! Once you start uncovering more information; wow!
Meaghan Cusack
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Aimee Ann
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Net Switch is a fantastic, gripping, haunting novel that made me feel a host of different emotions with the primary feeling being fear! The story laced throughout this book is a terrifying one that shows a scary possibility and sheds light on matters that do happen in the world today. The exceptional author Denise Baer managed to captivate and entertain me for hours on end with her genius but terrifying plot so if you are a ready who loves psychological thrillers then Net Switch is not to be mis ...more
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