The Stranger Game

By Peter Gadol

‘Intriguing, enigmatic literary thriller’ The Financial Times

’A unique premise, chillingly written and evocative’ Woman’s Own

‘An enigmatic novel . . . a metaphysical thriller’ Edmund White

‘Like the best of Highsmith and Hitchcock rolled into one’ Marisa Silver

Are you ready to play?

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 Rebecca 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

Format: Paperback
Release Date: 05 Sep 2019
Pages: 384
ISBN: 978-1-84845-769-0
Peter Gadol is the author of seven novels including The Stranger Game, Silver Lake, Light at Dusk, and The Long Rain. His work his been translated for foreign editions and appeared in literary journals, including StoryQuarterly, the Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal, and Tin House. Gadol lives in Los Angeles, where he is Chair and Professor of the MFA Writing program at Otis College of Art and Design.

”'Beautiful, thoughtful meditation on the invisible ties that bind us-even to strangers.” - Kirkus Reviews (starred)

”'Engrossing…. Those with a taste for the offbeat will find this well worth reading.” - Publishers Weekly

”'A phenomenal mystery novel filled with action and a story line that makes you think about human interaction.” - The Oklahoman

”'A game of following random strangers, shared in a magazine article, becomes a worldwide cult and ends up getting people killed. (Go figure.) Each 'following' is a vignette in itself, adding irresistible color ” - you can understand how the game could be addictive. But there’s also a melancholy undercurrent about alienation. If you like James Sallis (I do) you’ll enjoy the philosophical asides.’ The News & Observer

”'This is Patricia Highsmith-style suspense, edgy and a little dreamy, with a sense of uncertainty lurking everywhere.” - Booklist

‘The Stranger Game is a sharp-toothed commentary on the ways in which ‘following’ can foster a pretense of intimacy between strangers, and how the falsity of this intimacy—its utter lack of substance—often creates a perilous hunger for more: more access, more communion, more knowledge. It's also a fun, moody, twisty thriller, with a sun-touched, West Coast vibe…as much Joan Didion as Patricia Highsmith.’ Scott Smith, author of A Simple Plan and The Ruins -

”''Following' gets a whole new meaning in Peter Gadol’s stylish psychological thriller set in the future of the day-after-tomorrow. A moody, increasingly dangerous house of mirrors where the rules morph as his players become more obsessed with 'the stranger game.'’ ” - Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander and The Revolution of Marina M.