Friend Me

February 20th, 2014. Filed under: This & That.

Friend Me


By John Faubion

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.


This book is just a little bit creepy. I think that’s because it is in the realm of “this could really happen someday.”

Talk about messing up your marriage and maybe even your life. Not that the marriage was perfect anyway.

Rachel is lonely and decides to recreate her deceased friend on the Virtual Friend Me site. Her husband, Scott, thinks maybe a virtual friend would help him rid himself of some stress. Maybe not a bad idea except he goes for a female friend.

Of all the men in all the world, Melissa, the creator of their online friends, decides Scott is her perfect man. When she realizes he has a wife, she manipulates them in order to destroy their marriage, and grab Scott for herself.

And then it spills over into real life and puts not only their marriage, but also their lives at stake.

Thank you, Mr. Faubion for this exciting book. This former Hoosier is looking forward to your next one.

***A special thank you to litfuse for providing a review copy.***

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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