The Stranger Game
This story was an interesting look into a game that the main character finds out about after her ex-boyfriend disappears. Rebecca and Ezra have a rocky past with breakups, getting back together, and other relationships scattered throughout their courtship. Rebecca is employed, and Ezra is not. Upon looking for him after not hearing from him for a while, Rebecca finds an article in his apartment written by A. Craig about watching complete strangers without them knowing. There are a few simple rules to follow including never following the same stranger twice and never making contact with the stranger. Rebecca decides to start playing the stranger game and starts to become a bit obsessive about it. In the midst of it all, she meets a guy named Carey. Carey admits that he is a player of the game and she was a stranger he had been following and observing. Things start to become hot and heavy between Carey and Rebecca but then Carey goes missing after an incident occurs while he and Rebecca are playing The Stranger Game. The characters in this book seemed to be unreliable at many points, although the storytelling while playing the game was quite interesting. I often wondered how the people who were playing the game got anything done if they were following strangers around all day. Overall, the book had a creepy vibe to it, however, it was like a train-wreck in that it was hard to put down. The element of “what happens next” was very strong in the writing. This book was all about voyeurism and how far people will go to watch others without getting caught just for the thrill of it all. I found it to be an entertaining read.
Chris Hayden has been working at City Book Review since 2012, so that makes him the keeper of knowledge. He manages the office and book reviewers (all 200 of them!), which is no small feat. If you’re looking at the book reviews here, you’re seeing them because he sent the books out for review. Without him, this place would fall apart, because no one else in the office knows how to use the postage machine. Two words: job security.
|Page Count||304 pages|
|Publisher||Hanover Square Press|
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|Category||Mystery, Crime & Thriller|