“V” is for Very Good Book!
I recently had the privilege of reading an advance proof of “Friend Me”, the debut suspense novel from John Faubion. The book’s blurb set the tone and gave me an idea of the ride I was about to take.
“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.”
I was struck by the relevance of the novel. A husband working long hours trying to provide for his family. A wife doing her best to care for the children and the home. Both feeling unappreciated. It’s an all-too-common situation in today’s world. And when the appeal of a quick and “innocent” friend on the internet appears, both make decisions that will jeopardize not only their marriage and family, but possibly their lives.
In so many ways, this is a cautionary tale about the dangers of the internet. It can be easy to convince ourselves that what we do online isn’t real. We’re just playing. It’s all good fun.
Except that’s not always the case. The author has done an excellent job of showing the characters slowly being trapped by their own desires. Innocent chats turn into unseen dangers. The gulf between husband and wife widens. By opening the door to a stranger, even a virtual one, their already-strained relationship begins to rip apart.
This is Christian fiction, but Mr. Faubion handles it in a way that’s true to life. No beating the reader over the head here. Instead, hints are placed throughout, particularly from the husband’s point of view. An unread Bible reminds him that he’s straying . . . from his wife and God. Truth is subtly revealed and the deceptive beauty of sin turns to the ugly reality of consequences.
Overall, I found “Friend Me” to be a well-paced suspense novel, building to a satisfying conclusion. Due for release on February 4th, 2014, I heartily recommend adding it to your “want to read” list. You can pre-order it now on Amazon. And be sure to stop by Mr. Faubion’s website for a peek at the first chapter of the book. You won’t be disappointed!