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    Gripping!

    The Never Game is the firstbin a new series by Jeffrey Deaver featuring the intreguing character Colter Shaw. It's a gripping thriller featuring insights into the world of gaming. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading future books in this series.
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    Utterly Superb!

    A stimulating and spellbinding read - first in a brand new series - from international best-selling author of the Lincoln Rhyme books and many more. When his daughter suddenly disappears, her father knows that she hasn't just run away. With the authorities not taking him seriously, he puts up a reward. Enter Colter Shaw, a  man who searches for missing people where there is monetary gain to be made. There are so many things he is not, but his skills are not in question; but this isn't a novel about one missing person. It's about so much more. Colter Shaw is a protagonist like no other I've come across; his upbringing was, to say the least, unconventional. Shaw is a multi-faceted character, and although I feel as if I know him better than when I opened at the first page, I definitely get the impression that there is so much more to come. This is a superbly crafted book! A phenomenal, unpredictable read this is full of twist and turns, enigmas and revelations. I LOVED it! This is going to be a must-not miss series, and I'll be watching out for the second one. Utterly superb! It's not often I find myself absorbed in a story to the exclusion of everything else, but that is exactly what happened here - I've even consumed less coffee! Sometimes, five stars are just not enough, but that's the very best I can offer, and this one has earned each and every one of them, several times over.
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    A disappointed gamer

    Although I have never read a book by Jeffery Deaver before I was so excited to get the ARC to read The Never Game. I read the blurb out to my friends who all agreed that this book sounded perfect for me. I have been an avid gamer all of my life, I love going to escape rooms and crime thrillers are one of my preferred genres of books so on paper this book sounded absolutely ideal. This may also be why I’ve held it to very high standards and ultimately come away disappointed though! To start with I don’t think Deaver is a gamer, and it was a little obvious that some of the gaming aspects of the book were under researched or that liberties had been taken to suit the plot. There is no way for example, that a game released in the 80s would have a whole level that no-one had ever been able to complete, nor that only 9 people in the world had completed the one before it. I also found it incredible unlikely that gamers would be ok with watching a current news broadcast every time they started up a game – ads are one thing but it would be a massive undertaking to do in every state, let alone international releases. I liked that a female gamer who was a grinder and used twitch was a character but as all the other gamers we meet are men living in smelly basements little is done to break stereotypes – the police of course all laugh at how stupid these people must be to waste their time on video games. I did like the introduction to the excitement and pitfalls of VR gaming though. I thought the prospect of the murders based on a video game was really interesting but actually the crimes themselves aren’t well developed or explained. The 5 items the victims are given are completely side-lined and the perpetrator just leaves an easy escape route available for most of them so the items didn’t actually correlate to anything. I would have preferred to have seen the crime from the victim’s perspective and been introduced to more of the puzzle element of the crimes rather than the police just mentioning that 5 items had been randomly dumped with them. I was a little confused that this is the first plotline that the author chooses to introduce his new protagonist – Colter Shaw (yes, it’s an unusual first name and we are hit around the head with that fact repeatedly). Colter is a reward hunter, a man brought up on a remote compound by survivalist parents – the flashbacks are mostly about hunting and trapping which is so completely at odds with the plot of this book. I don’t really think the target audience for the plot are the target audience for the main character and this is a really odd choice for the start of a new series. There were a lot of red herrings in the book as well, almost too many and the actual reveal was done so fast I almost missed what was going on. I found myself just wanting the book to end – not helped by the fact that after the main plot is finished the book then carries on trying to set up a main through-line for the rest of the series that I had thoroughly lost interest in. Overall, as a gamer I really didn’t enjoy The Never Game despite a love of crime fiction and a plot that looked like it was made for me. It’s too odd a clash between plot and main character, with a drawn out story and under researched topic that failed to keep interest. Thank you to NetGalley & Harper Collins UK for a copy of the ARC in exchange for a (very) honest review.
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    Another fabulous read

    From the first line, Jeffrey Deaver has me captured. The characters are interesting and believable. The storyline, with its twists and turns just encourages you to read on.
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    A Captivating & Stimulating Read

    A stimulating and compulsive read and the first in a brand new series from international best-selling author Jeffery Deaver. When his daughter suddenly disappears, her father offers a reward. Enter Colter Shaw, a man who searches for missing people where there is potentially a monetary gain. The son of a survivalist family, Shaw is an expert tracker among other things. Colter Shaw is a protagonist like no other I've come across before. With his unconventional upbringing and unusual character, he has a unique personal history. Shaw is a multi-faceted character and a man who needs to live on the edge and although I feel as if I know him better than when I first opened this book, I definitely get the impression that there is a great deal more to come. The Never Game isn't a novel about one missing person as there is so much more to this riveting thriller. Just when I thought I knew where it was all going there was another twist, thereby moving in an entirely different direction. This is a superbly crafted book by Jeffery Deaver and a phenomenal, unpredictable read full of uncertainties and revelations. I have no doubt that Colter Shaw and this new series will prove to be extremely popular with crime fiction and thriller fans. It will be a must-not-miss series and I'll be watching out for the second book. A very worthy and well earned five stars. I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my own request, from HarperCollins UK via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion. Thank you also to Jeffery Deaver and Pigeonhole for giving me the opportunity to read this book!
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