- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins - GB; 1st edition (14 May 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 000830372X
- ISBN-13: 978-0008303723
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.8 x 24 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 581 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 259,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘Terrific writing, vivid and raw, Deaver grips from the very first line and never lets up. He is, hands-down, one of the finest thriller writers of our time’ Peter James
‘Deaver is a masterful storyteller and he’s on top form with The Never Game’ Daily Express
‘As always, Deaver gets you in his stealthy grip on page one, and then takes you on a wild and inventive ride …
this time with new star character Colter Shaw. No one in the world does this kind of thing better than Deaver’ Lee Child
‘Masterful storytelling ― The Never Game is Deaver’s most riveting, most twisty, most unputdownable novel yet’ Karin Slaughter
‘Lightning-fast and loaded with twists, The Never Game is a thrill a minute from one of the best. Don’t miss it’ Harlan Coben
‘Jeffery Deaver scores yet again with a fascinating new detective, Colter Shaw, and a plot as full of thrills and twists and turns as you would expect from him. With The Never Game you know you are in the hands of a master. But be warned―don’t start this too late in the evening because sleep would be an annoying interruption once you’ve started reading!’ Peter Robinson
‘A twisty “keep you up all night” page-turner of a book with a wonderfully human core. A fantastic read’ Kate Hamer, bestselling author of The Girl in the Red Coat
‘A superb thriller. Twisty, ingenious and totally gripping. Colter Shaw is a fascinating, complex new character. Excellent’ Will Dean
‘A fascinating new character in the methodical Colter Shaw. Nothing is predictable in the case, and like a curvy mountain road, the twists are intense’ Associated Press
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Why not five stars? The underlying motive doesn't quite gel with me. And, the story doesn't flow as well as it might. It is quite busy with lots of plots as he sets up for the new character series.
I'll be interested to see the next book in the series
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As this book is intended to be the first in a new series, featuring a new hero, perhaps it will be revealed later but, for me, I could see very little relevance in the title; 'The Never Game' seems to be a line of dialogue randomly selected from the text which, for JD, is unusual as his titles are often subtly poignant ('A Maiden's Grave' being a good example; there is no maiden and it's all about a deaf girl lip reading). But that's it; the only criticism. Everything else about this book expresses why JD is at the very top of the thriller writer tree.
The new hero introduced here, Colter Shaw, is a fantastic character with facets that can (and will) be explored ever deeper as this series unfolds. Even at the end of the book, when the reader thinks that they have a good grasp of who Shaw is, there are further revelations that show that there's more to this man than the reader thought. And one of Colter Shaw's greatest strengths is that he can be wrong! He isn't a genius; he isn't a martial artist, he isn't a cold-hearted automaton; it's what Colter Shaw isn't that makes him a really engaging main character.
Of course, as in all of Deaver's best works, other characters too can be surprising. In this case, even the identity of Shaw's office buddy, Mack, comes as a surprise.
Deaver's USP is always his misdirection; his ability to steer the mind of the reader in a direction that, many pages later, turns out to be false. Not only does he achieve that wonderfully in 'The Never Game', but, as the deceptions are peeled away, the plot grows bigger and bigger like a tiny piece of folded paper unfolding into a huge sheet. Foolishly, I always like to think that I can spot the real villain hidden within a JD story but, inevitably, I never can and I didn't see this one coming either. JD's other trademark device is employed to great effect here in that, just when you think that the story has reached conclusion, you find that it hasn't; there's another story in there. And another!
As a book intended to introduce a new series, this works brilliantly. The ending sets up the progression of the story line solidly and, of course, with Colter Shaw at a metaphorical crossroads with the reader not knowing which path he'll take. The result is that I want to read the next in this series right now please! If the intention was to hook me in to these stories, then job done; I'm hooked!
This may not be my very favourite Deaver novel, but, for me, it fits very comfortably in that 'Deaver Class' of excellence that other authors just can't reach.
I hope Colter Shaw will come back to investigate in a book without so much "Internet".
Shaw is a different type of investigator although in some ways he reminded me of Jack Reacher.
However thats just a personal thing ! The story line has all the twists of Jeffery Deaver story telling looking forward to the next one