Book Review for THE STRANGER GAME by Peter Gadol
THE STRANGER GAME by Peter Gadol
Hanover Square Press
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A unnerving look at when a "game" pushes the boundaries and does more harm than good.
THE STRANGER GAME will mess with your mind. After reading this book, I dare you not to be looking over your shoulder to see if someone might be following you.
There were a lot of things I liked about this book. The writing was effortless and fast-paced. It intertwined the character development and the plot perfectly. With each layer of the story the reader was given, the tension increased exponentially. Then there was the overall premise of the book. It was downright scary to see how easily people took to following...stalking...others for entertainment. So many times while reading, I thought how this could actually happen in real life. It freaked me out.
In this chilling narrative, the author manages to bring up so much about the human condition and the way we all interact with each other under the veil of a psychological suspense novel. If you are looking for a unique, thought-provoking, and affecting read, this is it.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
A literary suspense novel in which an eerie social game goes viral and spins perilously—and criminally—out of control.
Rebecca’s on-again, off-again boyfriend, Ezra, has gone missing, but when she notifies the police, they seem surprisingly unconcerned. They suspect he has been playing the “stranger game,” a viral hit in which players start following others in real life, as they might otherwise do on social media. As the game spreads, however, the rules begin to change, play grows more intense and disappearances are reported across the country.
Curious about this popular new obsession, and hoping that she might be able to track down Ezra, Rebecca tries the game for herself. She also meets Carey, who is willing to take the game further than she imagined possible. As her relationship with Carey and involvement in the game deepen, she begins to uncover an unsettling subculture that has infiltrated the world around her. In playing the stranger game, what may lead her closer to finding Ezra may take her further and further from the life she once lived.
A thought-provoking, haunting novel, The Stranger Game unearths the connections, both imagined and real, that we build with the people around us in the physical and digital world, and where the boundaries blur between them.
About the Author: Peter Gadol is the author of six novels. Silver Lake was nominated for awards from Lambda Literary and the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association and has been optioned for feature film adaptation. The Long Rain was nominated for an award from PEN USA and is currently in development by MGM Studios to be made into a television series. A former NEA Fellow, Gadol lives in Los Angeles, where he is Chair of MFA Writing at Otis College of Art and Design.
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Hanover Square Press; Original edition (October 2, 2018)
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