The Never Game - Jeffery Deaver

The Never Game

By Jeffery Deaver

  • Release Date: 2019-05-14
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 651 Ratings


A New York Times Book Review Top 10 Crime Novel of the Year

From the bestselling and award-winning master of suspense, the first novel in a thrilling new series, introducing Colter Shaw.

"You have been abandoned."

A young woman has gone missing in Silicon Valley and her father has hired Colter Shaw to find her. The son of a survivalist family, Shaw is an expert tracker. Now he makes a living as a "reward seeker," traveling the country to help police solve crimes and private citizens locate missing persons. But what seems a simple investigation quickly thrusts him into the dark heart of America's tech hub and the cutthroat billion-dollar video-gaming industry.

"Escape if you can."

When another victim is kidnapped, the clues point to one video game with a troubled past--The Whispering Man. In that game, the player has to survive after being abandoned in an inhospitable setting with five random objects. Is a madman bringing the game to life?

"Or die with dignity."

Shaw finds himself caught in a cat-and-mouse game, risking his own life to save the victims even as he pursues the kidnapper across both Silicon Valley and the dark 'net. Encountering eccentric game designers, trigger-happy gamers and ruthless tech titans, he soon learns that he isn't the only one on the hunt: someone is on his trail and closing fast.

The Never Game proves once more why "Deaver is a genius when it comes to manipulation and deception" (Associated Press).


  • Enjoyable

    By SisterLum
    I started off slow, getting a feeling for the newly introduced Shaw, then as I got a feel for him and his motives, picked up the pace. His back story is interesting and compelling and the case at hand worth diving into. Overall I enjoyed it and have already purchased book two and will likely buy book 3 when it comes out in May.

    By T42 Cattle
    Wish I could give this book a 10!
  • Loved new character

    By teenajeanprice
    So glad you wrote this. Can’t wait for the next one!
  • Book missing a lot of pages!

    By tmeyer
    Fix this book!
  • The Never Game

    By Shepjap
    Excellent, fast moving interwoven with multiple plots. Looking forward to the follow up.
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    By Jamulglen
    Great book
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