Find Him Where You Left Him Dead (Death Games #1) (Hardcover)

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This is book number 1 in the Death Games series.



Kristen Simmons's masterful breakout horror novel that's "Jumanji but Japanese-inspired" (Kendare Blake) about estranged friends playing a deadly game in a nightmarish folkloric underworld. This edition includes a beautiful foil case stamp.

“Twists, turns, and genuine palpable emotion.” —David Levithan • “Haunting and unforgettable.” —Melissa de la Cruz • “A nightmare I didn’t want to end.” —Terry J. Benton-Walker • “Absorbing.” —C. L. Herman • “Bone-chilling.” —Lauren Shippen • “Heart-pounding.” —Margaret Rogerson • “Twisted.” —Lish McBride • “Won't let me sleep!” —Chelsea Mueller • "Full of surprises." —C. J. Redwine • “Intense.” —Kendare Blake

Four years ago, five kids started a game. Not all of them survived.

Now, at the end of their senior year of high school, the survivors—Owen, Madeline, Emerson, and Dax—have reunited for one strange and terrible reason: they’ve been summoned by the ghost of Ian, the friend they left for dead.

Together they return to the place where their friendship ended with one goal: find Ian and bring him home. So they restart the deadly game they never finished—an innocent card-matching challenge called Meido. A game without instructions.

As soon as they begin, they're dragged out of their reality and into an eerie hellscape of Japanese underworlds, more horrifying than even the darkest folktales that Owen's grandmother told him. There, they meet Shinigami, an old wise woman who explains the rules:

They have one night to complete seven challenges or they'll all be stuck in this world forever.

Once inseparable, the survivors now can’t stand each other, but the challenges demand they work together, think quickly, and make sacrifices—blood, clothes, secrets, memories, and worse.

And once again, not everyone will make it out alive.

About the Author

Critically-acclaimed young adult author of more than a dozen books, including the Article Five trilogy, The Deceivers series, and The Glass Arrow, KRISTEN SIMMONS’ writing is inspired by her work with trauma survivors as a mental health therapist. She currently lives with her husband and son in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she spins stories, herds a small pack of semi-wild dogs, and teaches Jazzercise. To learn more, join her circle on Instagram, or at her website & newsletter.

Praise For…

"Magnificently macabre!" —Shelf Awareness

"I was totally absorbed by this running-through-a-gauntlet novel with truly inspiring twists, turns, and genuine palpable emotion." —David Levithan, New York Times bestselling author of Every Day

"Perfect for the spooky season and beyond, giving readers a new kind of horror novel that will fly off the shelves. An excellent read." —School Library Journal

"Find Him Where You Left Him Dead is a gripping and intense horror story that is a must-read for fans of Japanese mythology and those who enjoy a good scare. Kristen Simmons skillfully weaves together elements of Japanese folklore, diverse representation, and psychological terror to create a haunting and unforgettable reading experience." —Melissa De La Cruz, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Blue Bloods series and Disney’s Descendants

"Simmons has created an evocative world that reignites the Jumanji concept. [T]he horror will have readers racing for the end." —Booklist

"Gritty, fascinating, and full of surprises, this is a story that lingers long after the final sentence." —C.J. Redwine, NYT's bestselling author of Rise of the Vicious Princess

"Kristen Simmons’s Find Him Where You Left Him Dead throws the reader into an intense horror-action game—like Jumanji but Japanese-inspired and really disturbing.” —Kendare Blake, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Anna Dressed in Blood and the Three Dark Crowns series

“Heart-pounding, immersive, and chilling. I couldn’t put this book down, and can’t get it out of my head!” —Margaret Rogerson, New York Times bestselling author of An Enchantment of Ravens

“Bone-chilling. you'll be kept on the edge of your seat and with your heart in your throat.” —Lauren Shippen, author of The Infinite Noise

“Crafted from pure nightmares—so twisted, so turny, that the second you hit The End, you'll feel compelled to start the whole book over again.” —Lish McBride, award-winning author and Morris Award Short List recipient

"Kristen Simmons strikes the right balance between horror that sticks to your bones and friendships that pull at your heart. The kind of great horror book I can't put down . . . but that also won't let me sleep!" —Chelsea Mueller, author of Prom House and the Soul Charmer series

"Simmons crafts an interesting world brimming with unique takes on Japanese mythology, giving readers who know their stuff or do their research some unexpected treats. The fast pace, horror elements, and speedy action scenes will be a draw for many readers looking for some high-stakes action as the characters outsmart the yōkai and progress through the game." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250851123
ISBN-10: 1250851122
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: September 26th, 2023
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: Death Games