4 out of 5 stars
FRIEND ME is an intense thriller. Definitely a page-turner.
Scott and Rachel have fallen into a rut. Scott provides for his family, but keeps long hours. Rachel takes care of the home, but wishes Scott was home more. Feeling lonely, Rachel discovers a new website that creates for her a virtual friend. When she explains to Scott about her find, he decides to look into it himself, and creates a friend as well. A female friend. Someone that understands him and supports him when Rachel leaves him lacking.
Unbeknownst to neither Rachel or Scott, Melissa, a computer genius, is using the Virtualfriendme website to seek out the perfect man. Melissa uses manipulation and seduction to find out all she can about Scott and Rachel’s fragile marriage. Knowing Scott is the perfect man for her, Melissa sees Rachel as nothing more than a minor obstacle in her plan to claim Scott as her own.
FRIEND ME might be a work of fiction, but it is so relevant in today’s computer-dependent society that it’s unnervingly realistic. John Faubion poignantly shows how easily people who toe the line between right and wrong can allow themselves to trip over that line into a world of deception and destruction. The characters in FRIEND ME reveal the vulnerability that lurks in all of us, and how our weaknesses can and will be used against us in our struggle to keep our hearts and minds pure.
Not wanting to give too much away, all I can say is FRIEND ME is a must read for those who think the internet is harmless as a social gathering place. This technology might not be present today, but I have no doubt it could be in the near future.