The Stranger Game

The Stranger Game Review

A literary suspense novel told with the style of Patricia Highsmith and Paul Auster, 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, a player 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 lead 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.

Title:The Stranger Game

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Larry H

    Between 2.5 and 3 stars, rounded up.You're in a public place and a person or group of people catches your eye. It may be the way they look, their actions, things they're saying, but you just can't sto...

  • Berit???

    Always remember the three simple rules....1 pick your subjects at random.2 NO contact.3 never follow the same subject twice!easy enough, right? But what am I talking about, what game?These are the ru...

  • Liz Barnsley

    The Stranger Game is a strange book filled with strange characters doing strange things- weirdly compelling and beautifully voyeuristic. A fad started by a random essay finds strangers following stran...

  • Janet

    A stylish psychological thriller set in Los Angeles, in the future of the day after tomorrow. The Stranger Game follows Rebecca--whose boyfriend Ezra has left her--who begins to toy with a game that i...

  • Nicki

    Do you want to play a game?If the answer is yes,then welcome,good luck but always remember to obey the 3 simple rules....1 : Choose your subjects at random.2 : No Contact3 : Never follow the same stra...

  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)

    Three rules:1. Choose your subjects at random.2. No contact.3. Never follow the same stranger twice.Rules are made to be broken and games are made to evolve.In this world of game play, the littlest th...

  • Michelle

    Review can be found on my blog here: https://booksonthebookshelf.wordpress...Thank you to Harper Collins Canada and Hanover Square Press for sending me a free advance reader paperback copy of this boo...

  • Amy

    I really liked the idea behind this one, getting followers on social media is an obsession for many people and seeing the follower phenomenon take place in real life fascinated me. There is something ...

  • Denise

    "The world was a world of strangers, and all anyone wanted...was to be seen and to be known, truly known."Rebecca is alone and lonely. Her long-time boyfriend, Ezra, has disappeared without a word and...

  • Halley Sutton

    I couldn't put it down. Taut, suspenseful--loved how the framework of the Stranger Game became a paranoia for both Rebecca and the reader, a low key anxiety that you can't trust anyone around you. A p...