Friend Me by John Faubion
This debut novel by a former software developer is an interesting mash-up of suspense fiction and Christian fiction. Even though I’d never imagine those two terms in the same sentence, this newbie writer seems to be comfortable tackling both genres head-on.
When Rachel and Scott experience a difficult spell in their marriage, each of them decide to “friend” a virtual avatar who they believe will be the answer to all their problems. Little do they know that what they believe to be a fictional animated persona is actually a disguise for Melissa, a desperately lonely psychotic who also happens to be a genius software designer. If you’ve ever watched an episode of Catfish, then you know where this is going.
The story successfully alternates the three point of views which helps the reader get inside the head of each character and explains why they do what they do. The suspense is ratcheted up a little bit with each chapter until it reaches a screeching climax. The end of the story is an interesting surprise but just a little too tidy for me. I also felt that the Christianity themes were too sporadic and so subtle that I wasn’t sure they coalesced successfully with the rest of the story. If you are looking for a solid Christian novel then you may feel slightly disappointed that the religious views take a major backseat here.
It’s hard to pigeonhole this one-and that is to say- I’m not sure which type of reader would enjoy it the most. It should be very interesting to see which of your patrons decide to check it out.
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