Saturday, July 23, 2011
The Friend Request by Alex Ford
Amazon.com Book Description:
Have you accepted a 'friend request' when you should have clicked ignore? Do you really know all the people listed as 'friends' on your Facebook page? What if somebody from your past assumed the identity of someone from your present, so they could get close to you? What if they wanted to get close to you, just to hurt you - again. The Friend Request: Alex Ford’s dark satirical Facebook comedy. David Andrews’ life is going well. With an imminent promotion at work he’s content in his job. His girlfriend is gorgeous and looking at the amount of friends on his Facebook page he’s very popular too. So, when he sees a friend request from a Barry Taylor, he doesn’t understand why it makes him so nervous, he’s not sure he even recognises the name. Eventually he forgets all about it, until the day he is forced to remember a past that was erased from his memory by a terrible accident. Little does he realise that all the information on his Facebook page might make him a little too vulnerable, especially to a sociopath like Barry Taylor, who is intent on destroying David’s life – for a second time. With a little help from his friendly shopkeeper David embarks on a journey of revenge and self-discovery.
My Book Review:
I downloaded this free book onto my Kindle because I was curious about the Facebook stalker storyline. This book started out a little bit slow, but as I got further into the story it picked up and the suspense peaked my interest and pulled me in. What I liked most about this book is that the author really knew everything about Facebook, social networking in general and the ramifications that could arise from belonging to these groups. The only thing that I did not like about the book was the far fetched ideas of handling the stalker by David, it was a bit too unbelievable for me and I rolled my eyes a lot while reading that portion of the story. The author does a great job at getting people to really think about the very real threat of putting all of their personal info onto their social network pages (Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, etc). No one really knows every person that sends them a friend request, and this book is very thought provoking and will make you think twice before telling the whole world your business and clicking the accept button on that friend request!
RATING: 3 STARS ***