Social Misconduct

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 great 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 launch team she joins.

A week later, though, everything is at risk: Candace is the target of a mysterious harasser and an internet smear campaign. She tosses her new phone into the bottom of the Hudson River, begins hiding out in her sister’s storage locker in New Jersey, and can’t think of a single person she can trust. But Candace hasn’t come this far—and gone to such lengths—to submit to what is happening to her without a fight.

A terrifyingly immersive cautionary tale about social media and the internet, unlike anything you’ve ever read before.



Praise for Social Misconduct

“Smart, sardonic, sexy, suspenseful—and scary, because it’s probably true.”

– Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series

“This smart and speedy book [is] revelatory, entertaining, and presented by SJ Maher . . . in a style that’s both fresh and original.”

– Toronto Star

“Readers . . . will love the immediacy of Candace’s evasive maneuvers and never-get-caught attitude. Journalist Maher’s third novel is full of . . . fast-paced action.”

– Booklist

“A very topical thriller . . . Could not put it down.”

– Shinan Govani, Social columnist

“Social Misconduct provides two compelling reasons to ditch your phone:

1) It’s a gripping good read, and

2) It will give you a bad case of the social media heebie-jeebies.”

– Andrew Pyper, author of The Homecoming and The Demonologist

“Maher delivers an unnerving combination of delicious fun and creeping dread. This perfectly paced, addictive romp through modern society is both a cautionary tale and a terrifying thrill ride.”

– Marissa Stapley, bestselling author of Mating for Life and Things to Do When It’s Raining

“A sexy, twisty thriller that’ll make you want to delete your accounts and toss your phone, with a table-turning ending that left me gasping.”

– Lisa Gabriele, bestselling author of The Winters

“Maher’s Social Misconduct is a thriller for this very moment, full of the ways our social conduct can be used against us, and I was on the edge of my seat trying to decide if Candace was a victim or master-manipulator. You won’t be able to put this fast-paced puzzle-box of a novel down.”

– Catherine McKenzie, bestselling author of The Good Liar