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The Stranger Game

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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
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Hanover Square Press
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Larry H
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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 stop yourself from surreptitiously watching them. You don't want to get caught, but you can't look away, and you (and perhaps even a companion) imagine who these people are and what they're doing. When they get up, or leave the area where you've been watching them, you may even be (more than) slightly
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Berit☀️✨
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, net-galley
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 rules for the game sweeping the nation the “Stranger Game“... A game taking social media, reality television, and people watching a step further.... have you ever been out to dinner and wondered what was going on in the life of the couple sitting at the table next to you? Perhaps you leaned a little c
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Janet
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 is sweeping the city. The rules of the game are simple. You pick a random stranger—must be random—to follow. You don’t get involved. And you never follow the same stranger twice.

A lonely, isolated person, Rebecca becomes powerfully drawn into the game. She cannot help but imagine the life even of the
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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 strangers, imagining stories for them but never interacting. Rebecca's boyfriend vanishes, the police seem uninterested, they think he's off playing this weird game. In order to get into the mindset, Rebecca behins playing too..

What follows is an odd, rambling yet fascinating tale as the game evolves as
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Nicki
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 Contact
3 : Never follow the same stranger twice

Sounds simple doesn't it,the only problem with rules is they are so easily broken. The game starts off as something simple,a fad that suddenly gets bigger than it was and gets out of control. Rules change,boundaries become blurred. Unscrupulous people start using the game to their own adva
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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 thing can take on a life of its own. Peter brings us a world in which stalking becomes a game, which turns into oh so much more.

Rebecca is a lonely woman who lacks friends, is obsessed with her relationship with Ezra and JUST WANTS TO BE IN A RELATIONSHIP ALREADY. **sigh** Ezra is in and out of Rebec
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Michelle
Sep 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Review can be found on my blog here: http://booksonthebookshelf.wordpress...

Thank you to Harper Collins Canada and Hanover Square Press for sending me a free advance reader paperback copy of this book to read.



ABOUT THE BOOK:

This book follows the story line of the main character, Rebecca, and her search for her on-again, off-again boyfriend Ezra. Ezra appears to have gone missing, as Rebecca realises she hasn’t seen him or spoken to him in quite some time. They have never gone this long without
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Amy
Oct 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: physical-arcs
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 so creepy about playing a game where you follow random people while they go about their day, but we all do this on social media with no hesitation, yet there is such a big difference.

The style of this was a bit different, the writing is sparse but the prose is still hauntingly beautiful in an odd wa
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Denise
Oct 17, 2018 added it
"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 even the police can't find him for her. After awhile, she finds an essay on Ezra's desk. The author of the piece wrote that he was quite disenchanted with his life, was lonesome and bored, had little human interaction, and no meaningful relationships. He started first watching people and then began
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Halley Sutton
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 perfect read for Halloween season in that way, but also an interesting take on a literary crime novel.
Basic B's Guide
Oct 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Thank you @hanoversquarepress and @tlcbooktours for having me on the tour and providing me with a free copy.

It’s all fun and games until someone goes missing.

Most of us have played the stranger game. You know, the game where you make up a story about the stranger you see walking their dog or the woman sitting at the bar by herself. Its a harmless game. A fun way to keep us entertained. Well, what if people started taking that game to another level? This is where Gadol takes us in The Stranger Ga
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Shayla Raquel
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
It kills me not to give this a 5-star review because it was *so close* to having one. You can see I read this quite quickly. In fact, if you have a free Saturday or Sunday, you could finish The Stranger Game in one day. It's definitely a page-turner.

Rebecca's lover, Ezra, up and leaves town without a call, message, or letter. Left on his desk in his abandoned apartment is an essay called "Perro Perdido," which is about a man who, upon realizing how deeply he had fallen into depression, decided
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Cheryl
Jun 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
I was very excited to check out this book from the premise. So, when I was luckily to grab an advanced copy I was thrilled. I put aside several other books to jump into this one. In the beginning it felt like I had missed a few steps and started in the middle. However, I decided to brush this aside and continue reading. The story did start out slow but I at least had the idea of what the "stranger game" is all about. The game almost is on the side of being a "stalker".

I got about a third of the
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Elaine
I received a Kindle copy of The Stranger Game from NetGalley.

I must have been hit with the bad luck stick because this is my third dud in a row from NetGalley!

WTF???

In my defense, this had a vaguely interesting premise until it devolved into nonsensical nonsense.

** Spoilers ahead **

Rebecca's boyfriend, Ezra, goes missing one day. She finds an odd article on his desk about a man who "stalks" strangers in order to find some connection to his own humanity.

She suspects Ezra has been caught up in
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Up All Night With Books
4 Stranger Stars
Review by Amy
Late Night Reviewer
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This book was a complete trip. A uniquely built story by Peter Gadol about The Stranger Game, a game that people play while secretly watching others, unbeknownst to the watched. But when the game gets a bit out of control, things go a little crazy. This was a standalone novel that was unlike anything I have read.

When Rebecca finds her long-time boyfriend missing, she happens upon a new world called the Stranger Game. Curi
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Jessica
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: partner-read
Thanks to Hanover Square Press for the copy in exchange for my honest review!

Who doesn't love people watching? Let's be real here, we've all had our moments where some stranger catches our eye and you wonder what they do or what their lives are like. Or you completely fabric and guess to match them. I do this frequently when I'm out at Mall of America - one of the best places to people watch.

There are three rules to the stranger game:

 Choose a person at random
No contact
Never follow the same pers
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Linda Hutchinson
Nov 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
I was thinking of optional titles for “The Stranger Game” and here’s some of my choices.
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Strangers In The Night
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Stranger Danger
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The Strangest Book Evah
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Stranger Than Fiction
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⭐ Obviously, I’ve put some thought into this idea because this book was poorly conceived, poorly written, ridiculous characters, and silly plot lines. If you can believe this, the book’s entire premise asks us to accept that formerly hard-working professional people become addicted to a game where they follow dull as dirt st
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Glyn Reedman
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
I thought this book had more than a good chance of enthralling me, as the set-up was really interesting. I thought it could have gone in several very dark ways, but in the end it turned into a rather dull thriller. The plot set-up was good, the setting was a little confusing, somewhere in the US desert (Arizona?) maybe, but never very specific. I never really connected with the characters, never really rooted for any of them, and I never really did understand why they felt the need to get into t ...more
Becky
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
It's been over two months since Rebecca heard from her ex, Ezra. Even though they're separated they've never gone this long without speaking. And when Rebecca turned up at Ezra's apartment, his landlord said he'd missed his rent, so she knows something's up.

The police don't seem terribly worried, though. In fact, when they find out he'd been playing the stranger game, they're even less worried.

The game, designed under the auspices of connecting people in this disconnected digital world, intrig
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Bob Reiss
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Stranger Game is more than its thriller set up, it’s a complex look at modern loneliness in a world full of people and technology that is supposed to make us feel more connected. It’s haunting trip into inward focused paranoia expressed outwardly. Unfortunately, much of the subtext seems to be missed by the narrator whose awkward cadence and high pitched voice drains away much of the emotion, that a more nuanced performer could capture.
Denise Westlake
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it.
Lisa Jeffers
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Ugh....it’s rare I rate a book so low but this book just didn’t do it for me 😏
I found the plot idea interesting but the execution wasn’t great....
I found the main characters boring and the writer often took the story off on a tangent one example of which sees the main character Rebecca recounting how many beds she has owned in her life 🤔

I listened to this on audiobook and 100% would NOT recommend 🙈 maybe it comes across better if read?
The last 3rd of the book mostly consisted of “she said” “he
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Betsy
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
One of the strangest books I have ever read!
Harlequin Books
Suspense, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Literary Fiction
Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller
THE STRANGER GAME defies ready categorization. Peter Gadol is best known as an author of “serious” (as opposed to “genre”) fiction, but his latest definitely has mystery elements that cling to it like morning dew on grass. Still, the overall mood of the tale itself is one of contemporary drama, and is so much of our present time and culture as to occasionally seem three-dimensional.

Rebecca is the first person narrator of the piece, an artist of sorts who would be more successful, aesthetically a
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Jessica Higgins
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Intriguing concept of mistaking personal connection for stimulation.

Rebecca has had an off and on relationship with Ezra for several years. It started in college and has spanned most of their professional life. When they go cold, they never separate for more than two weeks. Ezra even followed Rebecca to the west coast after she took a job as an architect because he just couldn’t live without her. But now he has gone missing. When Rebecca checks his apartment to make sure he hasn’t hurt himself,
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Victoria Colotta
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 in
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Mark
Oct 09, 2018 rated it liked it

Well, the concept of this book sounded intriguing and interesting..a new game is sweeping the internet where people randomly follow other people to get an insight into their lives..they cant interact or follow them more than once and so is all ‘a bit of fun’....sounds intriguing as say but tbh the reality to read is kinda boring....’saw a man in the shop, he was buying bread, followed him home, wonder if he made a sandwich’....etc....I guess to the players it became boring too as then the game ‘
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Elmwoodblues
Oct 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
Take the people-watching pastime and make it a little more proactive: don't just imagine the inner life of a stranger going by, but actually get up and follow them. The 'rules' are: random stranger, no contact, and just tail them once, just that one time. Think of the fictional possibilities! A spy, perhaps, or an adulterer; a Miss Lonely Hearts, a hopeless romantic, maybe even a murderer! How Hitchcock! 'Strangers on a Train' meets 'Rear Window'!
But, in reality, there are an awful lot of bori
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Michelle
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, arc, netgalley
Interesting premise. I thought social media played into this more, but it does not. The thing is, it really makes you wonder how many people out there MIGHT actually be doing this, even though it's not a real thing, to my knowledge. The whole ghosting thing is real, but I never imagined that people would ghost someone after getting THAT involved with them, and then come back! The main character was so needy though, which really helped her become a victim, imo.

I just read a news article today ab
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