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‘An enigmatic novel . . . a metaphysical thriller’ Edmund White
‘Like the best of Highsmith and Hitchcock rolled into one’ Marisa Silver
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.
But as the game spreads, the rules begin to change, and disappearances are reported across the country.
Curious about this popular new obsession, and hoping that she might 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.
In playing the stranger game, what leads Rachel closer to finding Ezra will take her further and further from the life she once lived . . .
A compulsive, inventive thriller for fans of The Girl Before, Little Deaths and The Book of Mirrors
Thanks to Isabel at HQ for my invite to the tour and ARC of the quite unique ‘ The Stranger Game’ by Peter Gadol.
There seems to be quite a fashion for books and psychological thrillers involving social media at the moment but this one is a little bit different.
When Rebecca’s long term but on-off partner goes missing she learns he was playing the ‘The Stranger Game’ a new social Media trend being playing out in real life , people are actually following others in the flesh, not just from behind a screen. Whilst to begin with the game is harmless as no contact is allowed , the rules soon start to change...
This one is a real slow mover, it builds quietly, whilst never really totally hitting the mark for me.
Rebecca the main protagonist was a little bit annoying , I couldn’t really take to her
Still this was an interesting read and a nice change to the concept, written with skill and a fascinating idea executed well.
A smart, literary thriller.