Publisher/Date: Urban Books, Aug. 2010
Genre(s): Romance, Suspense
Attention Facebook and Twitter addicts: Nikki Rashan has written a novel that will make you think twice before you make that next status update.
CYBER CASE is the tale of two women whose love has been tested by the Internet.
Mortgage broker Jovanna and her criminal attorney girlfriend Melanie have an idyllic four year relationship. Surrounded by wonderful friends, the pair doesn’t think much about the world of cyberspace except to keep up with the people they love and the occasional acquaintance.
That all changes when one of Melanie’s clients, a lesbian named Sunday, contacts her on a mutual social networking site. Jovanna’s not keen on the idea of her woman mixing business with a friend request, but Melanie convinces her it’s strictly professional.
Straight-laced Jovanna isn’t worried at first. She isn’t the jealous type, and enjoys the life they’ve built as a trusting couple. But something changes. Sure, Melanie’s stress is normal when she’s working on a strenuous case; her secrecy isn’t. Melanie’s suspicious behavior – frequently checking her BlackBerry or shutting her laptop around her – raises Jovanna’s red flag.
Could Sunday’s enticing posts be to blame for Melanie’s shadiness?
Rashan’s Cyber Case tracks the ins and outs of how the internet can dissolve trust between partners. The well-written story sprints to a great build up; by the novel’s close, it ends without a bang. The couple’s friends – all eight – are introduced with complete back stories that aren’t completely finished by the closing stages. Those things aside, Cyber Case is worth the read.
Now…back to your status updates.
Reviewed February 2011