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The Never Game

by Jeffery Deaver

Part of the Colter Shaw Thriller Series

Books of the Month Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel Crime / Mystery Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on The Never Game

A breathtaking, riveting, fabulous reading experience awaits in this absolute belter of a thriller. Colter Shaw starts to investigate the case of a missing student, it appears that the kidnapper is playing a game that is about to turn deadly. The prelude sounded a klaxon, the chapter heading and dramatic content ensured I was on full alert. Each short, wonderfully written chapter added layer upon intricate layer and increased the tension. Jeffery Deaver is a master storyteller, his stories are so incredibly easy to read yet wonderfully clever. This book is full of intoxicating action, I also found myself wondering and considering as my thoughts and feelings were thoroughly provoked. Colter Shaw is someone you would want on your side, a hunter with humility and empathy. I am sooo excited that this is the start to a new series, I simply can’t wait to find out more about Shaw! ‘The Never Game’ is a book you can escape into and fully immerse yourself in until you have to come up for air - absolutely wonderful!

Liz Robinson

The Never Game Synopsis

Escape or die trying...

No.1 international bestseller Jeffery Deaver returns with a stunning new thriller - the first in an exciting series featuring enigmatic investigator Colter Shaw.

A student kidnapped from the park. Nineteen-year-old Sophie disappears one summer afternoon. She wakes up to find herself locked inside a derelict warehouse, surrounded by five objects. If she uses them wisely, she will escape her prison. Otherwise, she will die. An investigator running out of time. Sophie's distraught father calls in the one man who can help find his daughter: unique investigator Colter Shaw. Raised in the wilderness by survivalist parents, he is an expert tracker with a forensic mind trained to solve the most challenging cases. But this will be a test even for him. A killer playing a deadly game. Soon a blogger called Henry is abducted - left to die in the dark heart of a remote forest - and the whole case gets turned on its head. Because this killer isn't following the rules; he's changing them. One murder at a time... 

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The Never Game Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

Shaw is an exceedingly well developed character and Deaver's precise attention to detail is totally remarkable and unlike any other author indeed. Full review

Miriam Smith

A fast paced story where computer games meet reality with tragic consequences. Full review

Jane Willis

A truly thrilling story - a must read!! Full review

Catherine Bryce

Fabulous action-packed novel that will get your heart racing. Full review

Alexandra Harper-Williams

Good, solid thriller that'll entertain you for a few evenings as you race through it. Jeffrey Deaver fans will enjoy it, and anyone looking for an introduction to his books will find themselves satisfied. Full review

Chris Bertenshaw

Enter the word of the Never Game and discover an exhilarating roller-coaster ride full of action, twists and turns. A place where your deepest fears become reality. Open this outstanding book and begin your journey if you dare. Full review

Julie Burrows

Ah... the “find the hostages before they perish” format - a standard plotline. Not with Jeffery Deaver! With a fascinating main character and video gaming background, he brings something unique to the genre. Full review

Gill Wilmott

Would recommend Deaver to everybody. A captivating read with many interesting layers which I cannot wait to discover over the series. Full review

Jade Cutts

The Never Game is the first book in a new series, and follows Colter Shaw as he gets embroiled in a game he didn’t expect. A great thriller that shouldn’t be missed! Full review

Rebecca Kirkby

Best book I have read for a year. A new look at how to solve a kidnapping. Full review

Maxine Broadbent

I really enjoyed this book. Full review

A Stordy

A crime thriller as addictive as the video games it takes inspiration from! Full review

Jo Corrado

Jeffery Deaver is a master of suspense and psychology, and his latest novel – the first in a new series – does not disappoint. Full review

Tiffany Chevis

What’s not to like a new Jeffrey Deaver with a new detective and a new outlook on the investigation? Full review

Jocelyn F Garvey

Interesting plot and an intriguing new series. Full review

Katherine Stewart

Interesting story for those who crave mystery, crime and adventure. Full review

Sally Wood

The Never Game by Jeffrey Deaver......Should you read it........Yes you should. Full review

Karin Gibson

A thrill ride through Silicon Valley - and a sinister video game that somebody wants to bring to life... Full review

Jess Read

Brilliant thriller by a brand new author and features a new character ‘colter Shaw’ who also featured in Deaver’s short story captivated. Full review

Helen appleby

A gripping, new action packed thriller. Colter Shaw finds missing people, but this could be his toughest assignment yet. A riveting plot and great characters make this book a compulsive read. Full review

Adrienne Kinsella

A brilliant new series I will be keeping an eye on! Full review

Charlotte Walker

The Never Game Press Reviews

`The Never Game is the very definition of a page-turner' Ian Rankin

`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

`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 superb thriller. Twisty, ingenious and totally gripping. Colter Shaw is a fascinating, complex new character. Excellent' Will Dean

Praise for Jeffery Deaver:

'If you want thrills, Deaver is your man' Guardian

'One of the most consistent writers of clever, entertaining and often thought-provoking thrillers in the world' Simon Kernick

'The best psychological thriller writer around' The Times

'The most creative, skilled and intriguing thriller writer in the world' Daily Telegraph

'Deaver is a master of plot twists' Daily Mail

`A tightly plotted masterpiece' Sun

`Flawlessly constructed and paced' Sunday Times

`The king of suspense is back and he's done it again...Riveting' Glasgow Herald

`Breathlessly entertaining' Irish Independent

`No one is better at narrative misdirection' Evening Standard

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780008303761
Publication date: 19/03/2020
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780008303723
Publication date: 16/05/2019
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008303723
Publication date: 16th May 2019
Author: Jeffery Deaver
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 416 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense,

About Jeffery Deaver

Jeffery Deaver is the author of three collections of short stories and 32 suspense novels. He is best known for his Lincoln Rhyme thrillers, which include the number one bestsellers The Vanished Man, The Twelfth Card and The Cold Moon, as well as The Bone Collector which was made into a feature film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. The first Kathryn Dance novel, The Sleeping Doll, was published in 2007 to enormous acclaim.A three-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Reader's Award for Best Short Story of the year, he has been nominated for an Anthony Award and six Edgar Awards ...

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