Friday, May 29, 2020

The Never Game by Jeffery Deaver

DNF @ 14%

I bought this when it was on sale for $1.99 because the idea of a mystery in Silicon Valley (just a stone's throw away across the Bay) focusing on video games was really, really appealing to me, a California gamer with a love for mystery novels. Plus, I was obsessed with the Lincoln Rhyme mysteries when I was in my early twenties. The fast-paced whodunnit style with serial killers and jaded gumshoe kept me thumbing pages like nobody's biz.

Sadly, I did not get that vibe with this one. Everything in this book is tell and not show. I WAS SO BORED. There was nothing that hooked me, and I think you'll probably agree that if you're not engaged with a mystery from the beginning, you're not going to want to sit around and wait for the book to figure itself out. I ended up setting the book aside to read later... only I never read it later because it was so boring that the thought of going back to it made me just want to read other books instead.

It's really too bad because I was SO EXCITED for this one and it ended up being a major let down.

1 out of 5 stars

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