In this timely thriller, the first of a trilogy set in the very near future, the UK government is preparing to launch Digital Citizen, an ID database storing every scrap of personal information about every taxpayer. A trial run, however, has been hacked, and coder Dani Farr finds herself the police’s prime suspect. Dani works for social media company Parley and is responsible for creating “sic_girl”, a piece of semi-sentient software that seems to be behind the hack. Also in trouble is politician Bethany Lehrer, for whom a PR catastrophe may well lead to exposure of private indiscretions.
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.
Sockpuppet, by Matthew Blakstad, Hodder, RRP£16.99, 442 pages
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