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Friend Me: A Novel of Suspense – tekijä:…
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Friend Me: A Novel of Suspense (vuoden 2014 painos)

– tekijä: John Faubion

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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 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.… (lisätietoja)
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Scott and Rachel are a married couple that has grown more than complacent in their relationship., Scott is a financial investor is facing a predicament that is putting a lot more pressure than he is used to. Perhaps, more than he can bare. Rachel is a stay at home mom for their two kids. She is longing for adult interaction and has growing doubts about Scott and his love for her. Enter Melissa and Virtualfriendme.com. This is a techno company that has developed software that will allow people to create a virtual that is essentially real in every aspect except for physical bodies. Rachel decides to recreate a virtual friend with the personality of her dead friend Suzanne. When the pressure begins to get to be too much for Scott at work, he creates a friend Alicia. Through backdoor programming, Melissa is looking for the person that is her perfect match. That programming matches her with Scott. She sees him being married as a mild stepping stone, especially when Scott has gone further astray then he thought it was possible.

Okay, I am just going to say it. This book is twisted. From the very beginning. There really isn't a build up before we see just how crazy Melissa is. And then Faubion just keeps it going. I enjoyed this not just because it was about her killing/stalking habits. It examines an average marriage and how easy it is to become complacent in it. Don't get me wrong, Melissa setting her sights on Scorr didn't help the marriage. But Scott and Rachel's relationship had issues, the first and most obvious one was lack of communication. Scott didn't tell Rachel that he loved her and he didn't talk to her about what was going on at work. And despite the popular opinion, it wasn't because he thought she was too dumb to understand or that he was falling out of love with her. He felt that he was failing Rachel as a husband and wanted to protect her. Rachel, on the same hand, thought that she was failing him as a wife. Both come to the realization, almost too late, that their marriage was something worth fighting for.

I am going to point out something that may be overlooked in all of the action. I am not making an excuse or even saying that it was alright. But Scott was a decent guy. He made a virtual friend, not in the hopes of replacing his wife or even to get some side action. It was a way to relieve the stress and pressure of his job. He did this with the understanding that the virtual friend was not software that had human behind it. Alicia was supposed to be virtual in every single way. Thankfully Melissa's crazy pulled him out of the rabbit hole before he went irreversibly too far. But isn't that how it always start? When someone pulls up some porn, it's not to replace their significant other. When a married person finds themselves alone with a coworker/church member/friend of the opposite sex, it's not always because they sought that person out. It is very easy to fall down the emotional rabbit hole, unless a couple is conscious of the pitfalls and actively put up safeguards. And this is a lesson that Scott and Rachel learn when they decide that they are going to fight for their marriage and do everything that they can to protect their family.

Was it all believable? No, there were some things that were a bit of a stretch. But this story was realistic. And it happens in some form, maybe without the life and death drama, all too frequently. ( )
  StarrK | Oct 22, 2016 |
This is quite the book.

The story is told so well, and seems so real, that reading it leaves you truly disturbed.

A remarkable book, a unique premise of social networking taken to the extreme. Melissa is the new "bunny boiler". ( )
  katsmiao | Oct 23, 2015 |
This is quite the book.

The story is told so well, and seems so real, that reading it leaves you truly disturbed.

A remarkable book, a unique premise of social networking taken to the extreme. Melissa is the new "bunny boiler". ( )
  katsmiao | Oct 23, 2015 |
This is quite the book.

The story is told so well, and seems so real, that reading it leaves you truly disturbed.

A remarkable book, a unique premise of social networking taken to the extreme. Melissa is the new "bunny boiler". ( )
  katsmiao | Oct 23, 2015 |
This novel was recommend to me, and I had to purchase it after reading the synopsis. This is an amazing well-written novel - It has suspense, thrill, and even some psychological twist to it. Melissa is a cunning and vicious lady, she is not just obsessed but a psychopath as well. I enjoyed reading about her character, she was actually my favorite and it is clearly her story. The suspense in the novel was great! It had me over the edge of my seat the whole time, I had to finish this novel in one setting. I really enjoyed this novel, I can't believe it's a debut novel.

This shows the downside of the virtual world, and how it can be creepy and evil. Not everyone you meet online is your friend. People think "Oh it's just online, it's not like I'm meeting them!" Actually, the virtual world talks serious trouble at times - they can easily find your I.P address and your location. They can hack into your computer, steal personal things and data. How do you now know they have been tracking you down this whole time?

Let's say you mention you go with your friends to this cafe a lot, they can find out the nearest cafe close to you by your current location. BE AWARE.

I was quite disappointed with towards the end though - the plot and story had just actually had started to be great then .. BOOM! It goes downwards, and ta-da the end! The ending wasn't satisfying, I wish the ending could be re-written so I could have given it the five stars it could have deserves. For now, I'm stuck between 3.5 and 4, but I would give it a 4 because of the writing, and for the most part it was an great thriller. It was an original concept, but I do believe the ending could have been executed well. I would have liked to see more of Scott's and Melissa's weird romance progress more and let things get deeper.

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Once again, this is a great novel for Halloween. It does not have any gory or horror details to it, but it does have a weird psychopath in it. It reminds me of the movie Obsessed, except with a more original concept. The ending could have been better, and it does go a point down with me, but the book itself was great though. I would rate it 4 stars since the plot was great, it could have easily been a 5 for me. ( )
  benishkhanx | Nov 4, 2014 |
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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 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.

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