Sockpuppet by Matthew Blakstad

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Embedded with techy jargon and shards of wit, Sockpuppet takes a snapshot of our age of online shaming and oversharing and runs it through a skewed, feverish filter. The result is compelling.
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You shared your life online. Now how will you get it back?

Twitter. Facebook. WhatsApp. Google Maps. Every day you share everything about yourself - where you go, what you eat, what you buy, what you think - online. Sometimes you do it on purpose. Usually you do it without even realising it. At the end of the day, everything from your shoe size to your credit limit is out there. Your greatest joys, your darkest moments. Your deepest secrets. If people want to know everything about you, all they have to do is look.

But what happens when someone starts spilling state secrets? For politician Bethany Leherer and programmer Danielle Farr, that's not just an interesting thought experiment. An online celebrity called sic_girl has started telling the world too much about Bethany and Dani, from their jobs and lives to their most intimate secrets. There's just one problem: sic_girl doesn't exist. She's a construct, a program used to test code.

Now Dani and Bethany must race against the clock to find out who's controlling sic_girl and why...before she destroys the privacy of everyone in the UK.

 

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Published May 19, 2016 by Hodder & Stoughton.
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Reviewed by James Lovegrove on May 27 2016

Embedded with techy jargon and shards of wit, Sockpuppet takes a snapshot of our age of online shaming and oversharing and runs it through a skewed, feverish filter. The result is compelling.

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