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Social Misconduct

2.98  ·  Rating details ·  161 ratings  ·  60 reviews
A timely and shocking thriller about a young woman who is the target of a social-media smear campaign.

“Smart, sardonic, sexy, suspenseful—and scary, because it’s probably true.” —Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series

Her perfect job becomes the perfect nightmare when a stalker hacks her phone.

Candace Walker is thrilled when she lands a
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 23rd 2019 by Simon Schuster
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Helen Power
When Candace Walker starts a job at a marketing company in Manhattan, she's thrilled about the perks, which include a brand-new company iPhone.  But someone should have told her not to click on attachments in texts from strangers. Her phone is hacked and her personal photos are shared with the world, threatening her career and her sanity.  A week later she’s on the run, accused of murder, and terrified for her life...

This book is a cautionary tale about social media and interne
Briar's Reviews
Social Misconduct by S.J. Maher was an intriguing thriller.

Candace Walker is a social media guru/specialist who gets an interesting job. Once she goes to a party and meets some new friends (and cute guys), suddenly she's getting sexually harassed and threatened all of the time. She tries to get help from the company she works for and her lawyer sister, but it seems like it's never ending... until things get worse.

The first half of this book almost had me DNF-ing. It was very social justice warri
Feb 25, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Social Misconduct was not good. The writing and grammar could use some work. I didn't know that S.J. Maher was a male author when I initially requested the book from NetGalley, but you can still tell that Candace's voice isn't realistic or authentically female. No one actually says "FML" or "AF" or "hawt". None of the characters are likeable and Candace is the worst, which makes it hard to empathize with her in her situation. Candace judges people based on stereotypes, she is an annoying vegan, ...more
Laura Rash
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Talk about a real page turner! You could read this in a matter of hours with it’s short chapters. Alternating time periods keep the story moving even faster. A deranged book about hackers and social media that may just have you throwing your phone in the nearest river
Holly Melissa
Jun 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
Do not waste your life reading this book. It is straight up horrible in every way possible. It was so bad you can actually predict the “bad guy” before he is even introduced as a character. None of the characters are likeable and to use the Sandy Hook school shooting to impose “shock value” on a plot is disgusting.

This book was so bad, it is the first ever review I have posted here, in hopes to save someone from the misery of reading it.

Also, poor grammar and word choice. Ew.
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
*Book Review*
Social Misconduct
by S. J. Maher
Thanks to @netgalley @simonandschuster for an arc .
*I have a love hate relationship with this book. I read about a third, didn't like it and put it down. Two weeks later I felt like I should try it again. I'm so glad I did! It's slow going at first with a lot of whining and bitterness from Candace. Stick with it. It gets better. It's told in present tense, running, and past tense, the backstory of how this happened. When Candace really starts to run,
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
Social Misconduct begins with an incredibly slow paced opening. The reader is given an extreme amount of useless detail that bogs down the story and does not give readers incentive to continue the story. If it weren’t for the fact that I received an advanced copy, I would have DNF’ed the novel. The story finally picks up after about 80 pages and continues with an unrelenting pace until the final page of the novel.

Social Misconduct is billed as a story about the dangers of social media and how a
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review can be found on my blog here: https://booksonthebookshelf.wordpress...


Thank you to the publisher for this eARC of the book via NetGalley.


This was the first book I have read by this author and I enjoyed it. I look forward to more books by this author.

Social Misconduct starts off with the main character Candace as she drops her phone into a river. She then takes a ferry to her destination, and is on the run from someone she believes is watching her and following her. This alone intr
Feb 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well now I wanna DELETE all of my social media accounts!!!
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wanted to like Social Misconduct because I know the author personally. He lives up the street. Imagine if I didn't like his latest novel. Would I have to cross to the other side of the road if I saw him coming, or endure the agony of pretending that I liked it? You see, I cannot tell a lie.

Mercifully, it's a good read!

Social Misconduct is the third of Stephen Maher's novels that I've read and is my favourite after Deadline, which has locations in our 'hood so is a lot of fun. Social Misconduc
Jul 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
If I could give this zero stars I would. I stopped reading it 15% of the way into it. I can't stand books that push a vegan agenda. I am a dairy farmer, and I was completely shocked with the false information they gave about dairy farms, painting us farmers in such a bad light. It was honestly disgusting and felt like the book had a secret agenda. So personally I'd like to to say a big of F U to S. J. Maher.
The worst part is that I was really looking forwards to reading this book, it sounded li
Julianne MacLean
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy thrillers that are dark, twisty, suspenseful and unpredictable, you'll love this book. It's unique and well written - a great read for fans of GONE GIRL. ...more
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, giveaways
*won an advanced copy though Goodreads giveaway

Oh my god. Is how i feel about this book.
It was gripping and terrifying how easy it is to take apart someones whole life just by messing with their social media. And the scary part is that this happens all the time. Photos get leaked all the time and a picture follows your for the rest of your life.
We put our lives online for everyone to see and there is people out there who exploit it. Very good book for showing the horrors of social media and ho
James Bremner
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The first thing so say about Social Misconduct by S.J. Maher is that it ends with the best kind of surprise: not a twist and not an implausible change of heart, but a revelation of what has really been going on all the time.

The novel is a sustained chase scene as the central character, Candace Walker, must run and duck and hide from an extremely unpleasant and persistent hacker/stalker, a violent pimp and the police forces of the USA and Canada. Short chapters are set alternately before and afte
Johnna Whetstone
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4-5 stars! While not my usual type of thriller, more a drama filled suspense story, I really enjoyed this read from page one! Thought that it was very captivating and real in the society in which we live today, which is completely addicted to social media, but forgets the pain and damage it often inflicts. I really recommend to most of my fellow social media addicts, slower at times, but worth reading.
Will be using in a challenge and recommending to the members of Chapter Chatter Pub!!
Morgan Schulman
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
I received an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review.

This one is creepy and vaguely misogynist - A woman is exploited and then tortured it just feels kind of porny and distracts from the actual mystery. I understand the book is supposed to be a takedown of Internet voyeurism but it actually seems to serve those tendencies more than critique
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I had high expectations for this thriller. The subject is of topicality (social medias, Internet voyeurism). It is well written, but I had to stop reading at 40% because the story wasn't going anywhere. Probably not my type of book.

Thank you Simon and Schuster Canada for this ARC.
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was intrigued by this book within the first few pages. This book tells the story of a strong feminist woman that has a deep rooted mistrust of men. Because of that I was shocked to see that the author was a man!! Otherwise, this is a very good book and also quite frightening because of how intrusive technology has become.
Aug 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
Book about a young millennial woman that is very clearly written by a man who's at least over the age of 45. Awkward read. ...more
Ryley (Ryley Reads)
Despite the somewhat lower ratings of this book, I ended up really loving it - although, I can see why some people may have had issues with it, especially the ending.

Thanks so much to Simon and Schuster Canada for sending me a copy of this book, as part of the Thriller Chronicles promotion, for an honest review, as always, all opinions are my own.

Told in two timelines, this book follows Candace, a young woman who works as a click-driver for a social media marketing company. When she is offered a
Tiffany Reads It All
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Social Misconduct by S.J. Maher is a paranoia-inducing read that will make you want to delete your social media accounts—or at least immediately change all your passwords. In this creepy thriller, a young woman finds herself the target of online sexual harassment. But when your whole life is online, what do you do when someone threatens to take it over?

Candace works for tech company SoSol as a lowly ad writer of clickbait. After she receives a coveted promotion, she’s pitted against a coworker a
Ileana Renfroe
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A timely and shocking thriller about a young woman who is the target of a social-media smear campaign.

Her perfect job becomes the perfect nightmare when a stalker hacks her phone. Candace Walker is thrilled when she lands a new job at a hip Manhattan tech company and gets a brand-new iPhone. She’s more than ready to move on from creating clickbait ads for weight-loss pills and herbal erection boosters, and is determined to dazzle the startup team she joins. A week later, though, every
Colleen  (The Book Lover Blog)
Social Misconduct stood out as interesting to me when I read the synopsis, but unfortunately the story itself didn't live up to that initial excitement.

It can be hard to truly invest in a story and it's outcome, when you feel no connection to the main characters- and that was the case with this novel. The main character was unreliable, and unlikable; she was judgmental and annoying. When Candace initially gets hacked and harassed, it's awful, but as the story moves forward I began to have a har
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as an advance read from the publisher.

I didn't enjoy this novel. I found it a little confusing and very unsatisfying in the end. I don't know if you find out the truth or not? It is not clear at all. The protagonist Candance is very unlikeable. She is an unreliable narrator. You don't really get a real grasp of who she really is. It is basically about a girl who works for a social media company that gets hacked. It flips between the present day- when she is hiding from the
Jill Jemmett
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a creepy thriller. I started reading it before bed, and I was getting so creeped out that I had to put it down. The way that Candace’s phone was hacked and she was harassed was so disturbing, yet it seemed realistic. There are so many ways to hack into technology and really affect people’s lives.

This story gave an inside look at the way social media can be used to promote companies. The ads that we see online are not always random, but are often targeted for the user. It was creepy to s
Jul 04, 2019 rated it liked it
"A timely and shocking thriller about a young woman who is the target of a social media smear campaign."
Hipster dream girl Candace Walker makes click bait ads until she's offered an incredible new position. Within a week her new iPhone is in the river and she's on the run.
This book was absolutely ridiculous and over the top. I can see this being a movie eventually. Probably sooner than later because it is incredibly relevant to society today. It had a quick pace and short chapters so I read it
Natasha M
I won an early release of this book... When I first entered the draw I was pretty excitied - it was an interesting concept and I felt like the author could have really taken it somewhere. Instead, (as others have already stated) it was very disapointing.

The main female characted is impossible to like - and I really tried. But one second she is "high-and-mighty" talking about roofie drugs and how bad it is. Then literally a handful of pages later she is doing the exact same thing to some other c
Oct 11, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5/5 stars

Simply put, Social Misconduct is a book about how social media could quite frankly, destroy your life. When Candace’s phone gets hacked and her personal photos are put on the internet for the world to see - her life is completely turned upside down in a matter of days.

All efforts to find her hacker/fix the problems seem to only make everything worse. And as we all know, on the internet, everything is not as it appears to be. Soon Candace finds herself going to extreme lengths in ord
Nov 05, 2019 rated it liked it
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Wayward Readers Book Blog
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to #NetGalley and #SimonandSchuster for this ARC

#SocialMisconduct is a spine-chilling narrative of social media voyeurism. When a young woman becomes the target of an online hacker, her world is turned upside down as she ends up in a terrifying fight for her life. The plot is fast paced and supported well with a dark, gritty underpinning and a constant edginess. However, some of the subject matter could be a trigger for certain readers and the novel would be better categorized in the
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