The Rise and Fall of a Social Network by Dane Cobain



The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

(by Goodreads)

When Dan Roberts starts his new job at, he has no idea what he’s getting into. The site deals in death – its users share their innermost thoughts, which are stored privately until they die. Then, their posts are shared with the world, often with unexpected consequences.

But something strange is going on, and the site’s two erratic founders share a dark secret. A secret that people are willing to kill for.

Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Series: n.a.
Length: 198 pages
Release date: 2016-05-09



“Yeah, yeah,” John replied. “He always says that. Sometimes I wonder what we pay him for.”

I watched Kerry retreat through a narrow doorway as John cleared a space for me on the sofa. I didn’t really want to sit on it, but I didn’t have much of a choice. It crunched as I sat down; sofas aren’t meant to do that.

My Opinion

This book introduces you to Dan Roberts. Getting a job at seems like a good idea – at first.

With, Dane Cobain has created a nerdy suspense story. It is a fun and quite compelling read, drawing you into the world of programmers and social network providers. Dan is a slightly naïve guy, trying to somehow do the right thing. Dane Cobain paints a clear picture of Dan’s mind while the story evolves. I was drawn into the IT environment – it is not as clichéd as you might think. Except Dan, the characters are rather one-dimensional; this does not hurt the story as it naturally is about Dan. The story has a nerdy character and a good flow.

This is a book for you if you like nerdy environments combined with suspense, or simply enjoy a quite unusual style of suspense.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful, nerdy
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳
Violence 😳
Sexual content :mrgreen: – 😳


About the author

Dane Cobain (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, UK) is an independent poet, musician and storyteller with a passion for language and learning. When he’s not in front of a screen writing stories and poetry, he can be found working on his book review blog or developing his website.


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My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about  Or – if you did not yet read – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


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