I have a new book that everyone who has some type of social networking site needs to read called Friend Me written 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.I often wonder how much our social networking leads to bad behavior for some people and this book certainly was creepy. It amazes me how someone who is not right in the mind can imagine how things are but they are far from the reality.
Of course, the two people involved in this story had made up alter egos for this social networking site but what they didn't know was that someone knew the truth about both of them and was out to get them! She was a killer and that has always been my fear about getting online, never knowing who you are really talking to or what they are capable of.
This book will open your eyes to what could happen and hopefully you will take some precautions. Between this story and what you see in the news, it should be enough to set some guidelines in place that will hopefully protect you and your family. Or at least I hope so!
Great book to read and definitely scary enough that it will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end.