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“I already know all your names. As for me... you can call me Mr. Do-Good.” Five strangers have woken up in a white room. A room with no doors, no windows. A room with no hope. Because these strangers have been kidnapped, drugged... and brought here as the newest contestants in the world’s most high-stakes scavenger hunt. Run by a madman named Mr. Do-Good, the game offers “I already know all your names. As for me... you can call me Mr. Do-Good.” Five strangers have woken up in a white room. A room with no doors, no windows. A room with no hope. Because these strangers have been kidnapped, drugged... and brought here as the newest contestants in the world’s most high-stakes scavenger hunt. Run by a madman named Mr. Do-Good, the game offers only two options: win or die. All they have to do to survive is... complete every task... on time... and not break any of Do-Good’s rules. Playing the game will bring the players to their breaking point and beyond. But play they will, because Do-Good has plans for these strangers, and their only chance to live through the night is to discover what's really behind his Scavenger Hunt.


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“I already know all your names. As for me... you can call me Mr. Do-Good.” Five strangers have woken up in a white room. A room with no doors, no windows. A room with no hope. Because these strangers have been kidnapped, drugged... and brought here as the newest contestants in the world’s most high-stakes scavenger hunt. Run by a madman named Mr. Do-Good, the game offers “I already know all your names. As for me... you can call me Mr. Do-Good.” Five strangers have woken up in a white room. A room with no doors, no windows. A room with no hope. Because these strangers have been kidnapped, drugged... and brought here as the newest contestants in the world’s most high-stakes scavenger hunt. Run by a madman named Mr. Do-Good, the game offers only two options: win or die. All they have to do to survive is... complete every task... on time... and not break any of Do-Good’s rules. Playing the game will bring the players to their breaking point and beyond. But play they will, because Do-Good has plans for these strangers, and their only chance to live through the night is to discover what's really behind his Scavenger Hunt.

30 review for Scavenger Hunt

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mort

    This story was heavily influenced by the movie SAW - it is a good thing, in case you are wondering - but the scope is much bigger. Five strangers wake up in a room and...well, the rest is in the blurb. Bottom line: Survive the night. Overall it was good, but there was a thing or two that bothered me a bit. The author lost me in the beginning. Yes, he brings everything together at the end, but in the first, what - 15 pages??- I had no idea where he was going. The thing that bothered me was the This story was heavily influenced by the movie SAW - it is a good thing, in case you are wondering - but the scope is much bigger. Five strangers wake up in a room and...well, the rest is in the blurb. Bottom line: Survive the night. Overall it was good, but there was a thing or two that bothered me a bit. The author lost me in the beginning. Yes, he brings everything together at the end, but in the first, what - 15 pages??- I had no idea where he was going. The thing that bothered me was the vagueness of the characters and the role they would be playing through the story. Personally, I think these "teasers" was a bit unnecessary, and I figured out a fairly large part of the twist when I was just past the halfway mark. The other thing that bothered me was the repetitiveness of the police reports - I can understand accuracy, but to say exactly the same thing over and over again was a little annoying. So - my opinion is this: Take away the interludes and duplication of the police reports, explain everything about the killer in a single chapter after the reveal, and this would have been a five star story for me. It is worth reading, especially if you liked the SAW movies - the formula is very similar, but perhaps my personal opinion is exactly the opposite of yours, so judge this book on the blurb.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Fundin

    As soon as I saw the cover, I knew I had to read Scavenger Hunt by Michaelbrent Collings. Why I haven’t read any of his work before, I can’t say, but I am glad HE found ME and offered me an ARC. At first, I was confused and thinking, uh oh, is this one of those books I am going to struggle through. Well, I didn’t have long to wait to find out that I was too quick to judge. THEN: The bottom dropped out of five lives as they are thrust into a deadly game of Scavenger Hunt and I quickly find out how As soon as I saw the cover, I knew I had to read Scavenger Hunt by Michaelbrent Collings. Why I haven’t read any of his work before, I can’t say, but I am glad HE found ME and offered me an ARC. At first, I was confused and thinking, uh oh, is this one of those books I am going to struggle through. Well, I didn’t have long to wait to find out that I was too quick to judge. THEN: The bottom dropped out of five lives as they are thrust into a deadly game of Scavenger Hunt and I quickly find out how the bloody smiley face on the cover comes into play. Bloody, gory happenings as we flip between the past and the present, learning each characters life, exposing the reason for them being chosen to PLAY the game. The camera is on and it could be watching YOU! There’s more going on than the Scavenger Hunt. We have Thaddeus…a rich muckety muck and Hope, a young girl haunted by her past. WOW…WOW…Scavenger Hunt is turning out to be so much more than what I expected. Michaelbrent Collings has a wicked mind. I haven’t read a book quite like this and it took me to a really dark place. I love the DARK. I wondered how the stories would all come together, why these particular characters were chosen and it took me a while to see the common factor. As each character’s history is revealed, the threads weave together, though the perpetrator continues to elude me I love the ending, and for all you high and mighty muckety mucks out there who think you are above the law…BEWARE. You may think the same thing I did when I first began reading, but don’t give up too soon. The story just keeps getting better and better as it unfolds. Scavenger Hunt’s originality, fast paced action and tension filled pages makes this an unputdownable book. I read it in one day, while at the dentist, at the eye doctor and finished it up while watching my Detroit Lions play the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football. Anything that takes my eyes off the game has to be great! I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of Scavenger Hunt by Michaelbrent Collings. See more at fundinmental

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    SCAVENGER HUNT is the latest horror novel from author Michaelbrent Collings. I found this to be a great, complex story with many separate threads that eventually collide. ". . . A great many things should be. Few . . . ever are . . ." After a brief prologue, we are brought into a room with five distinct characters. Each of these is an enigma to the reader; the only thing visibly in common is the "SAW-like" setting they find themselves in. Instead of Jigsaw, we have "Mr. Do-Good"--a smiley face SCAVENGER HUNT is the latest horror novel from author Michaelbrent Collings. I found this to be a great, complex story with many separate threads that eventually collide. ". . . A great many things should be. Few . . . ever are . . ." After a brief prologue, we are brought into a room with five distinct characters. Each of these is an enigma to the reader; the only thing visibly in common is the "SAW-like" setting they find themselves in. Instead of Jigsaw, we have "Mr. Do-Good"--a smiley face masked person on a wall mounted iPad. His instructions? The group is to go on a Scavenger Hunt, of his own devise. The main rule being that they must stick together at all times, with further instructions given via a special "watch" attached to each participant's wrist. ". . . stopping a person could be a fine damn thing." The formatting of this novel keeps the reader on their toes. During the actions currently being conducted, we have interludes in which we learn a bit of the backstory to each of the "players". Some of these didn't surprise me in the least, but at least one had me in complete shock. ". . . Something expected and something hoped for weren't always the same thing." The characterization for each person here felt "complete", and made me able to view them as a real individual, as opposed to a cardboard cut-out stereotype. The best part, in my opinion, was that events didn't always go as I expected. The unpredictability of a situation is something I love to come across, as a reader. ". . . The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different result . . . " The atmosphere was another factor that worked in this novel's favor. Suitably dark and dangerous, it left the reader not knowing "what" to expect--only that it would be something . . . unpleasant. ". . . he had created a world there, and that made him a god . . . " The only thing that disappointed me slightly was that I was able to predict a few of the key elements ahead of time. I think that withholding some of the information given--at least until closer to the ending--would have made a difference in regards to this. Still, it did not diminish my enjoyment for the novel as a whole, or cause me to fail to appreciate the way the various lines eventually crossed. ". . . . Hope was the most dangerous of feelings, because it existed in places where you had nothing but hope . . . so it was the only thing that could still be taken away . . . " Overall, I loved the idea of this novel, combining a "game" (reminiscent of the SAW movies) that individuals had to complete to survive. The complex threads that ran throughout were subtlety woven in, so that the "connections" were revelations that came about only gradually. With the exception of a few parts that I was able to anticipate, this novel kept me on my toes, anxious to know more behind each character's backstory. "Everything in here was on the verge of breaking . . . Maybe especially him." A solid novel that highlighted some traits--perhaps all too real--in our society today, with characters of varying oral constraints. Recommended. **Available now! https://amzn.to/2Wqew73 **

  4. 5 out of 5

    Laura Thomas

    I’m assuming you read the synopsis. Found it familiar. Was maybe thinking, been there, read that. A mysterious figure somehow kidnaps a groups of strangers. They wake up in a room with no idea where they are or what happened. Then the man behind the smiley mask tells them they must play a game. They play, or die. They follow the rules, or die. And they have to stay together. Let the scavenger hunt begin. One of the things that made this plot stand out was the character’s stories. Why they were I’m assuming you read the synopsis. Found it familiar. Was maybe thinking, been there, read that. A mysterious figure somehow kidnaps a groups of strangers. They wake up in a room with no idea where they are or what happened. Then the man behind the smiley mask tells them they must play a game. They play, or die. They follow the rules, or die. And they have to stay together. Let the scavenger hunt begin. One of the things that made this plot stand out was the character’s stories. Why they were chosen. You can then decide if you care whether they live or die. Another thing that stands out is the challenges the character’s face. Collings puts them through the wringer. It’s one race after another to complete ever more difficult tasks. Scavenger Hunt is another thrilling, race to the finish read from this author. I’ve enjoyed many of his books and this one was crazy fun. I received a complimentary copy. My review is voluntarily given.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Martin

    I really enjoyed this one. Not a horror novel per se but it has a lot a chilling moments to render it as such. When five people find themselves trapped in a bunker-like dwelling it's up to them to work as a team if they want to survive the sordid scavenger hunt planned for them. Like in all of Collings novels the story as the characters is well-developed. Though the first few pages seem a bit unclear you do get to grasp the situation as you move along. However, it hardly matters since everything I really enjoyed this one. Not a horror novel per se but it has a lot a chilling moments to render it as such. When five people find themselves trapped in a bunker-like dwelling it's up to them to work as a team if they want to survive the sordid scavenger hunt planned for them. Like in all of Collings novels the story as the characters is well-developed. Though the first few pages seem a bit unclear you do get to grasp the situation as you move along. However, it hardly matters since everything else is already so darn compelling. Add some fine flashback moments and a Dean Koontz like suspenseful streak and you get a strong contender of a book for those cool autumn nights.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Minx

    Scavenger Hunt is the latest horror offering from Author Michaelbrent Collings and if any of you are fans of stories that keep you guessing, then this little gem will absolutely appeal to you. This is a fast-paced story that amps up the action and tension with each chapter! The opening begins with five strangers who wake up in a room with no knowledge of how they came to be there. It quickly becomes clear that escape is not a likely outcome for them and mistrust between the characters is Scavenger Hunt is the latest horror offering from Author Michaelbrent Collings and if any of you are fans of stories that keep you guessing, then this little gem will absolutely appeal to you. This is a fast-paced story that amps up the action and tension with each chapter! The opening begins with five strangers who wake up in a room with no knowledge of how they came to be there. It quickly becomes clear that escape is not a likely outcome for them and mistrust between the characters is rampant. They then receive a communication about how they are all to participate in a unique scavenger hunt that includes only a few rules but rules that, if broken, come with dire consequences. As the “hunt” progressed the reader begins to learn more about each of the participants and their history. I was surprised that the outside of most of the characters did nothing to show us the vile that rested beneath the surface. A great case of how the outside does not always match what lurks beneath. They were not very likable people for the most part and it was fun to try and piece what the common thread could possibly be between all of the characters. It was a GREAT story that kept me guessing until the end and when everything was revealed there was a moral there to consider. Scavenger Hunt starts off slowly at first but quickly picks up speed and it will not be a story that you will want to put down. Best part is that even when you finish it, the story stays with you! This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Michaelbrent Collings. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    A very enjoyable thriller with a nod toward Saw. Great character development. This was not a "horror" story in that it didn't have a paranormal storyline. It was definitely a suspense/thriller book . It kept me guessing until the end, when the "reveal" came! I was surprised at the twist! I would highly recommend this book! Thanks to the author for a digital ARC!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Colin Garrow

    Five people wake up in a strange white room. Each has an electronic collar attached to his or her neck and a wristband that issues instructions from the mysterious Mr. Do-Good. The ‘contestants’ are told they are to play a game, but the stakes in this adventure are high – make a mistake and your head might explode. This is the second book I’ve read by Michaelbrent Collings. While it appears completely different in style and tone to the first one (Predators), the writing tells a story that is Five people wake up in a strange white room. Each has an electronic collar attached to his or her neck and a wristband that issues instructions from the mysterious Mr. Do-Good. The ‘contestants’ are told they are to play a game, but the stakes in this adventure are high – make a mistake and your head might explode. This is the second book I’ve read by Michaelbrent Collings. While it appears completely different in style and tone to the first one (Predators), the writing tells a story that is just as scary and just as troubling. From the outset we have no idea where we’re going or where we might end up. As someone famous once said, ‘an audience would rather be confused than bored’, and this is certainly confusing, but gradually Mr Collings brings things together and of course, all the clues were there if we’d only been smart enough to see them. Michaelbrent Collings is a highly talented writer who seems to have more ingenious cunning in his little fingers than the rest of us have all together. Scarily good.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Harle Cook

    The story came together so well and had an exceptional twist. Looking forward to reading more by this author!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte

    Wow. Michaelbrent Collings has yet to disappoint me. From the first book of his I took a chance with to this one, I have been entertained, amused, saddend, terrified, horrified and, I'll say it again, entertained. As far as the book, "Scavenger Hunt", I was hooked in immediately, drawn in by the carefully woven tales of a chaos full of heartbreak, pain, confusion and terror. All at once. Death brough rise to a group of five people brought to some strange place of hospital beds and mannequins to Wow. Michaelbrent Collings has yet to disappoint me. From the first book of his I took a chance with to this one, I have been entertained, amused, saddend, terrified, horrified and, I'll say it again, entertained. As far as the book, "Scavenger Hunt", I was hooked in immediately, drawn in by the carefully woven tales of a chaos full of heartbreak, pain, confusion and terror. All at once. Death brough rise to a group of five people brought to some strange place of hospital beds and mannequins to mimic each of the five people, including wearing a very strange collar that matched the same collars these five people also wore. Quickly we, the group of five, plus the reader of this sinister tale, learn what dangers those collars represent. (insert Milla Jovovich saying, "BIG badda-boom!") Then we're all off and running breathlessly to do what "Mr. Do-Good", the voice behind all this madness, requires in his obscene scavenger hunt. Each point of the hunt reveals something of one of the characters, and soon you begin to figure out that they're all connected in that six degrees of separation. Also by this point, you aren't sure if any of these five people deserve to come out of the game unscathed. I even figured out who was behind the mask and voice of "Do-Good' ... not that it actually solved the mystery of the Scavenger Hunt itself and the reason for it. The absolute why was the gut-punch, and the true manipulator of the game revealed and it's like... bang! POOF! it all fits, and you're not sad at what happened to a few, and applaud the "monster" of the tale, at least a little, a brief fist-pump of approval. For me, it was an extra punch to the gut because I had recently read a true story of the life of a person who had fit the victims in this story. It brought tears to my eyes because of so many truths spoken in those pages. I can't further comment on this without giving away the storyline, but I can say this... There are real monsters out there, and they could be your neighbor, that person you pass at the grocery store every Saturday, the demure librarian you share brief conversations with from time to time. This book is not just an excellent read, it's a must-read. This book will remain on my mind for a long time. I'll be sure to point my friends in the direction of this book. I think I'll pass on the iWatch for sure now too. :)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sam Reeves

    Not that any of Michaelbrent Collings’ novels are timid, but this journey reads as the rawest and grittiest I have seen from him. I think this might mark a change for MbC, a new level of maturity in his work. Scavenger Hunt tells us of five diverse and unique characters forced into a deadly game similar to Saw or perhaps a nightmarish version of The Amazing Race. Abducted—an event they only vaguely remember—the group wakes in a metal room with no indication of where or when it is. A mysterious Not that any of Michaelbrent Collings’ novels are timid, but this journey reads as the rawest and grittiest I have seen from him. I think this might mark a change for MbC, a new level of maturity in his work. Scavenger Hunt tells us of five diverse and unique characters forced into a deadly game similar to Saw or perhaps a nightmarish version of The Amazing Race. Abducted—an event they only vaguely remember—the group wakes in a metal room with no indication of where or when it is. A mysterious Mr. Do-Good invites them to play his game of terrifying choices or die. Collings seamlessly weaves themes of action versus consequence. The story pits the lure of wealth against the desperation to escape poverty. Fate (and Do-Good) is an aggressive dealer of life choices within the definition of Home and Heritage. These are characters who seek danger to feel safe, and as they do, images of family take new and tenuous forms. And the clock is always against them. The pace of this episodic novel tears through an urban landscape, but the characters also take time to come to life with their depth. I cared about each of these people and their fates. What unsettles me most about this is that some of the characters were murders, embezzlers, and human traffickers.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Billie

    "I already know all your names. As for me... you can call me Mr. Do-Good." *** Five strangers have woken up in a white room. Apparently chosen at random, they have been kidnapped, drugged... and chosen to play the world’s most high-stakes scavenger hunt. Run by Mr. Do-Good, a madman who ides his identity behind a bloodstained smily-face mask, the contestants are given a series of deadly tasks to complete. All they have to do to survive is... ... complete every task... ... on time.. ... and not break any "I already know all your names. As for me... you can call me Mr. Do-Good." *** Five strangers have woken up in a white room. Apparently chosen at random, they have been kidnapped, drugged... and chosen to play the world’s most high-stakes scavenger hunt. Run by Mr. Do-Good, a madman who ides his identity behind a bloodstained smily-face mask, the contestants are given a series of deadly tasks to complete. All they have to do to survive is... ... complete every task... ... on time.. ... and not break any of Do-Good’s rules. Breaking the rules is forbidden, and failure is not an option. Because Do-Good has plans for these strangers, and refusing to play the game carries the most deadly of consequences... Just wow!!! Wonderful wonderful twisted mystery/horror novel!! There should be more stars allowed on this one. Twistedly wicked with so mnay twists and turns going on. Wonderful well written plot and story line that had me gripped from the start. Loving the characters that have been created and fleshed out so well. I can't wait to see what the author brings us next!!!! LOVED LOVED LOVED!! Highly recommend reading. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Flanagan

    The cover gives all the warning a person needs: this is a twisted tale of folks forced to work together doing some very nasty things–and some very good things—both against their strongest desires “Who”, you might wonder, “would do a good thing against their strongest desire?” Huh! Michaelbrent Collings knows just such a person (I dearly hope that doesn't sound like a kinda, "The noble Brutus hath told you'" stab-in-the-back opening )—and he can explain why the good deed is so objectionable, which The cover gives all the warning a person needs: this is a twisted tale of folks forced to work together doing some very nasty things–and some very good things—both against their strongest desires “Who”, you might wonder, “would do a good thing against their strongest desire?” Huh! Michaelbrent Collings knows just such a person (I dearly hope that doesn't sound like a kinda, "The noble Brutus hath told you'" stab-in-the-back opening )—and he can explain why the good deed is so objectionable, which he does very convincingly in this book! It is also a tale of despondency; despondency converted to optimism; and of hopes crushed. The cast of characters is an assortment of individuals, from "meh" to incorrigibly evil. They are forced to act together against their wishes–and sometimes against their best interests, for the sake of the group. Wicked hard choice, right? Although the hunt lasts only a few hours, in that brief time there will be as much murder and mayhem; heartwarming care; betrayal; robbery; and skin-of-the-teeth escapes as is seen in novels spanning months. The organization of the book is unusual: interspersed with asides that give background to the characters–almost always distinct from the others in the hunt group, though most of them were connected outside of the scavenger hunt, albeit perhaps unknowingly. There are also parts that give some insight to activities or reports that are about the hunt’s aftermath–sort of a glimpse into the future, or a snapshot of police or news reports. Collings uses these to gradually expose information about the characters without interrupting the narrative to give backstory information, keeping the flow of the hunt moving smoothly. Collings has used this framework and the motley group to weave a tale that is both mesmerizing and compelling, and very, very disquieting. I can’t imagine how he could pull it off, but I dearly hope to see more of these unsettling books very soon!

  14. 4 out of 5

    MaryJude Schmitz

    All I can say about this book is, wow! I downloaded this book to my kindle yesterday and finished it today (I wanted to stay up all night to finish yesterday but I did need to sleep). This riveting book grabbed me immediately and I needed to to know how the story ended. It begins with five strangers who wake up in a white room with collars around their necks and smartwatches on their wrists. And then the scavenger hunt begins. I loved the characters and the mystery of what was happening as the All I can say about this book is, wow! I downloaded this book to my kindle yesterday and finished it today (I wanted to stay up all night to finish yesterday but I did need to sleep). This riveting book grabbed me immediately and I needed to to know how the story ended. It begins with five strangers who wake up in a white room with collars around their necks and smartwatches on their wrists. And then the scavenger hunt begins. I loved the characters and the mystery of what was happening as the story slowly unfolds. There were enough clues that I figured some things out, but even then I was surprised by what I hadn't figured out in the end. And it was a very satisfying ending. I highly recommend this book if you enjoyed Michaelbrent Colling's previous book, Terminal. It has the same feel in the beginning, but then becomes its own story. If you haven't read that one, then I recommend that too!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Conni Guffey

    I thought I had it all figured out... And I did have the Who, but I didn’t have the Why. For me, the story started out a little slow...but once it picked up momentum, it was like a runaway train. Five people. From completely different walks of life. Unknown to each other. Waking up in a white room with necklaces of high explosives around their necks. (Sounds like my current employment...but I digress.) Complete the Scavenger Hunt, walk away. Fail to follow through...well, things tend to get messy if I thought I had it all figured out... And I did have the Who, but I didn’t have the Why. For me, the story started out a little slow...but once it picked up momentum, it was like a runaway train. Five people. From completely different walks of life. Unknown to each other. Waking up in a white room with necklaces of high explosives around their necks. (Sounds like my current employment...but I digress.) Complete the Scavenger Hunt, walk away. Fail to follow through...well, things tend to get messy if you follow that scenario. The story was very well-crafted, highly entertaining. A couple of the characters might have come off a little cliche, at first, but the merry chase we follow them on makes up for that pretty quickly. Looking forward to the next book. (Maybe even a continuation of this one?)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Hulsopple

    I loved Scavenger Hunt. This is the second book I've read by this author and I just love his writing style. All of his characters are so well fleshed out they're like people you know. I hope I don't know people like this, but in today's society, you never know what people are capable of. Not everyone who seems benevolent is. Five seemingly random strangers wake up together in a white room, brought together to complete tasks together. At first, you have no idea how these people know each other or I loved Scavenger Hunt. This is the second book I've read by this author and I just love his writing style. All of his characters are so well fleshed out they're like people you know. I hope I don't know people like this, but in today's society, you never know what people are capable of. Not everyone who seems benevolent is. Five seemingly random strangers wake up together in a white room, brought together to complete tasks together. At first, you have no idea how these people know each other or how the tasks they complete mean anything at all. As the story progresses, we see into the past of the characters and begin to understand how they ended up where they are, and how they're connected, but it doesn't become clear until the end who is behind it all and why. There is a lot of gore in this book, so if that bothers you, then you should probably steer clear. Otherwise, dig in and enjoy. You won't be disappointed.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shadow Girl

    A Game - Put Into Action Long Ago Five 'strangers' brought together to hunt for the answers to questions they didn't even know they had. I love this book! Solomon's back story sucked me all the way in. I couldn't get enough of Chong, and 'Portobello Road' - (great name, BTW!) It's gritty, it's dirty, and I couldn't stop reading until everything played out.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Five people awake in a white room and meet, through I-pad, Mr Do-Good who challenges them to a scavenger hunt. All are wearing metal collars and watches. The are given a specific amount of time to meet each challenge and required to stay together. As the story progresses we are introduced and learn more about each of the five individuals, their history and background. This story hooked me from the very beginning and kept me engrossed throughout the book. There is a side story about a little girl Five people awake in a white room and meet, through I-pad, Mr Do-Good who challenges them to a scavenger hunt. All are wearing metal collars and watches. The are given a specific amount of time to meet each challenge and required to stay together. As the story progresses we are introduced and learn more about each of the five individuals, their history and background. This story hooked me from the very beginning and kept me engrossed throughout the book. There is a side story about a little girl named Hope and you eventually learn how her story ties in with the scavenger hunt. I gave this book **** only because I very rarely give out five. It kept me on the edge of my seat and totally entertained throughout.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    The beginning of this book is reminiscent of "Saw" and I figured it was going to be a stereotypical strangers-abducted-and-locked-in-a-room tale. I was very wrong. The action picks up shortly after those strangers wake up in that room, grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go right up to the end. It's raw and gritty, violent and unnerving, and I really didn't ever have it entirely figured out. The characters are compelling; the plot zings along rapidly. The ending was more than satisfying. The beginning of this book is reminiscent of "Saw" and I figured it was going to be a stereotypical strangers-abducted-and-locked-in-a-room tale. I was very wrong. The action picks up shortly after those strangers wake up in that room, grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go right up to the end. It's raw and gritty, violent and unnerving, and I really didn't ever have it entirely figured out. The characters are compelling; the plot zings along rapidly. The ending was more than satisfying. Four and a half stars.

  20. 4 out of 5

    connie longo

    Loved this book. This book was so good! I read it in one sitting. I definitely will be reading the rest of Mr. Collings' books.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    I’ve read several books by this author and felt that this one was one of the best so far. At first I thought it might be a bit too close to some horror movies, but the way it all tied together in the end was really on. I guessed a lot of it before I got there but there were still surprises and it all wrapped up in a way I found truly great!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Wow! What a great book! Imagine waking up in a white room with people you don’t know. Then imagine you have to play a game, a scavenger hunt to be exact. You have an exploding collar around your neck, a “watch” communicating instructions and clues given one at a time. And oh if you separate or fail to get to the next point, BOOM. Oh and by the way. No cars, police or telling anyone. Scavenger hunt was a bloody, wild ride with a big twist at the end and I highly recommend it. Thank you to the Wow! What a great book! Imagine waking up in a white room with people you don’t know. Then imagine you have to play a game, a scavenger hunt to be exact. You have an exploding collar around your neck, a “watch” communicating instructions and clues given one at a time. And oh if you separate or fail to get to the next point, BOOM. Oh and by the way. No cars, police or telling anyone. Scavenger hunt was a bloody, wild ride with a big twist at the end and I highly recommend it. Thank you to the author for the review copy!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    Great read I really hope a sequel happens with this one. The reasons for the scavenger hunt, the way they were all tied in, was done beautifully.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    If Saw and 24 had a baby... Scavenger hunt is a fun ride. Twists, turns, psychopaths and gangsters. And the scariest thing about this book? It deals with some true-life horror. I am a longtime fan of Michaelbrent Collings' work. One of the things I love most about his writing is how he's able to make you invest in and empathize with his characters, often even the really bad guys! Scavenger Hunt is no different. You are dropped into the action with a handful of characters who seem pretty If Saw and 24 had a baby... Scavenger hunt is a fun ride. Twists, turns, psychopaths and gangsters. And the scariest thing about this book? It deals with some true-life horror. I am a longtime fan of Michaelbrent Collings' work. One of the things I love most about his writing is how he's able to make you invest in and empathize with his characters, often even the really bad guys! Scavenger Hunt is no different. You are dropped into the action with a handful of characters who seem pretty self-explanatory at first glance. Throughout the book, however, Mr. Collings takes you deeper into each one's backstory and psyche through a series of flashbacks. As the story unfolds, all becomes clear. Who are these people? Who is the mysterious Mr. Do-Good? And what is this twisted game all about? Unlike a lot of Mr. Collings' writings, the supernatural doesn't play a role here. What happens is a whole lot more frightening. Be prepared to give some serious thought about the world we live in and how at times it's pretty messed up. It deals with some pretty rough subject matter that could be too intense for some sensitive readers. The book is very well written and draws you in quickly. At times I felt like the switches to the flashbacks could be a little jarring, particularly the first long flashback which takes up a good 1/5 of the book or so, but as I progressed through the book, it all made a lot more sense. If you feel a little lost at first, hang in there. It's totally worth it. Another great read from Mr. Collings! I was graciously given an advance copy of the book for an honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    karin whitehead

    I received this book through another author's promotion in exchange of an honest review. I love thrillers! I enjoy a good story line. I enjoy finding the clues to discover the ending. I adore likeable/ hated, and crazy characters! This book fit the bill! Mesmerizing me from the beginning, and to the end. A talented author that kept me from a night of sleep. A great Halloween story!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kim Napolitano

    I received an ARC from the author and this review is my own. Who doesn’t like a creepy mystery? When a handful of strangers wake up in a holding room, tagged with explosive and disoriented..nothing good is going to happen. Forced to play a game or die.. they need to rely on themselves or should they? Fast paced, psychology mystery keeps you wound up to the end. No spoilers! Only can this author keep you on the edge of your seat. Just when you think you figured it out? Well read for yourself! I received an ARC from the author and this review is my own. Who doesn’t like a creepy mystery? When a handful of strangers wake up in a holding room, tagged with explosive and disoriented..nothing good is going to happen. Forced to play a game or die.. they need to rely on themselves or should they? Fast paced, psychology mystery keeps you wound up to the end. No spoilers! Only can this author keep you on the edge of your seat. Just when you think you figured it out? Well read for yourself! Halloween release! Enjoy!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Robert Ullrich

    This is not your typical scavenger hunt – my understatement of the year. A group of seemingly unconnected strangers a forced into a life and death struggle by an unknown individual. It’s extremely difficult for me to describe the novel sans spoilers, however – here goes. There is an underlying connection between all the parties involved; parties who much keep together and work together or face the consequences from the one controlling the “game”. All this happens against the backdrop of an FBI This is not your typical scavenger hunt – my understatement of the year. A group of seemingly unconnected strangers a forced into a life and death struggle by an unknown individual. It’s extremely difficult for me to describe the novel sans spoilers, however – here goes. There is an underlying connection between all the parties involved; parties who much keep together and work together or face the consequences from the one controlling the “game”. All this happens against the backdrop of an FBI case referenced from time to time. Mr. Collings had me fooled right up to the end, despite having woven a tapestry of clues, albeit slim in some cases, they are there. I was not only surprised by the ending, it provided food for thought. What sort of thought?

  28. 4 out of 5

    Trevor

    This is an entertaining thriller with a moral (in a twisted way). It is a revenge tale with surprising turns. It starts out deliberately confusing, but as it progresses the pieces gradually fit into place. And there is enough there that when it's over it calls you back to look at the story again with more understanding eyes.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kim Ramirez

    Scavenger Hunt by Michaelbrent Collings is RIVITING! If you enjoy being terrified, creeped-out, and pushed to the very edge of your seat, MbC has you covered. Scavenger Hunt is cunning, shrewd and just plain ol’ scary! An absolute page turner. If you think you know what’s-up…yikes, wrong! 5 wonderfully disturbing stars!!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shelley Butchart

    Darkbound was my favourite Michaelbrent Collings book, until this one. It is so well written, planned, researched and the scare factor is exceptionally high. I enjoyed it so much, I did not want it to end. But it did and WOW what an ending. The depth of character development in this is extraordinary. You feel their pains, delve deeper into their minds and try to predict where their paths will take them. Of course, you are wrong. Scavenger Hunt is gruesome, clever and frightening at many levels. I'm Darkbound was my favourite Michaelbrent Collings book, until this one. It is so well written, planned, researched and the scare factor is exceptionally high. I enjoyed it so much, I did not want it to end. But it did and WOW what an ending. The depth of character development in this is extraordinary. You feel their pains, delve deeper into their minds and try to predict where their paths will take them. Of course, you are wrong. Scavenger Hunt is gruesome, clever and frightening at many levels. I'm heading straight back to a second read to find the minute details I missed.

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