"The stranger game" involves choosing someone out of a crowd and following them, an initially digital pastime that has entered the real world and lead to disappearances—including Rebecca's boyfriend Ezra, whom she emulates by trying the game for herself.
The Stranger Game defies ready categorization ... The Stranger Game is haunting, certainly one of the most paranoid-inducing tales that I have read in a while. It is faintly reminiscent of Philip K. Dick’s later work (without the religious overtones), even as it takes the concept of Facebook lurkers one step further and into the real world ... worth your complete and undivided attention.
Is there anything creepier than being stalked on social media? In The Stranger Game...Peter Gadol makes a convincing case that the real-world experience is much creepier and far more dangerous ... Gadol plays his own games here, shifting the novel’s focus ... It’s dizzying, after a while, trying to live inside these people’s heads, fabricating their intimate thoughts, listening to them breathe.
In his latest hard-to-categorize novel, Gadol creates a gauzy mix of suspense, distrust, and speculation ... This is Patricia Highsmith–style suspense, edgy and a little dreamy, with a sense of uncertainty lurking everywhere.