Never Saw Me Coming
by Vera Kurian

Thank you to NetGalley, Park Row Books, and Vera Kurian for a free electronic ARC of Never Saw Me Coming in exchange for an honest review—and of course, to Indigo for having early release copies on the shelves!

Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian was published on September 7, 2021 – OUT NOW!

Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian is such a fun, clever, and original read, with an absolutely fascinating premise—seven college students, who are classified as psychopaths and part of the university’s clinical study to understand the minds of psychopaths, are seemingly being stalked and killed off one by one.

Chloe Sevre, the main character, is one of these seven students.  Apart from being a psychopath and part of the clinical study, Chloe’s real purpose for attending John Adam’s University is to get revenge on someone who harmed her in her childhood.  As Chloe begins her hunt to find the person who hurt her, it becomes clear that she, along with the other participants in the study, are being hunted themselves.  Reluctantly, Chloe works with two other psychopaths to find the hunter in a dangerous game of cat and mouse, before they become the next dead bodies found in the psychology department.

Here’s what I loved:

  • The premise—it is so original and so clever.  It’s refreshing reading something that feels new.
  • The psychopathic characters—Chloe is so fun and interesting.  I really enjoyed her personality or, should I say, lack-thereof? The psychopaths, although they had less depth to them, were just as interesting.
  • The setting—I love when books are set in schools and universities.  Dark academia may very well be my new favourite sub-genre of crime fiction and this book excelled at creating the perfect darker school setting.
  • The short chapters—short chapters are EVERYTHING, especially in longer books.  These help give the book a faster reading pace.

Here’s why I didn’t rate it 5 stars:

  • Despite the short chapters, some parts of the book were extremely dense and really slow.
  • The book jumps between characters for almost every chapter.  Some of these jumps and transitions are clunky and sometimes I needed to re-read the first page in order to figure out whose character the chapter belonged to.
  • The ending—as much as I don’t like to rate thrillers on their endings, this one feels a little rushed and predictable (once you get to a certain chapter in the book) and I did, in fact, see it coming.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this one—especially if you’re a fan of dark academia and books featuring psychopaths!


ABOUT NEVER SAW ME COMING:

Meet Chloe Sevre. She’s a freshman honor student, a leggings-wearing hot girl next door, who also happens to be a psychopath. Her hobbies include yogalates, frat parties, and plotting to kill Will Bachman, a childhood friend who grievously wronged her.

Chloe is one of seven students at her DC-based college who are part of an unusual clinical study for psychopaths—students like herself who lack empathy and can’t comprehend emotions like fear or guilt. The study, led by a renowned psychologist, requires them to wear smart watches that track their moods and movements.

When one of the students in the study is found murdered in the psychology building, a dangerous game of cat and mouse begins, and Chloe goes from hunter to prey. As she races to identify the killer and put her own plan into action, she’ll be forced to decide if she can trust any of her fellow psychopaths—and everybody knows you should never trust a psychopath.

Never Saw Me Coming is a compulsive, voice-driven thriller by an exciting new voice in fiction, that will keep you pinned to the page and rooting for a would-be killer

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