Thank you to the publisher, Harlequin Trade Publishing/ Park Row Books, for inviting me to be a part of this exciting Blog Tour for Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian, and for the eARC of this title via NetGalley.
Never Saw Me Coming
On Sale Date: September 7, 2021
Park Row Books
My rating: 5/5
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“I’ve never met someone like me, but when I do, eventually, I think it will be like two wolves meeting in the night, sniffing and recognizing a fellow hunter.”
Meet Chloe Sevre. Freshman honor student. Average-seeming, legging-wearing, hot girl next door…and diagnosed psychopath with an IQ of 135. Her hobbies include yogalates, frat parties, and plotting to kill Will Bachman, a childhood friend who grievously wronged her.
Now Chloe and six other students at John Adams College are part of an unusual clinical study that includes smartwatches to track their moods and movements, in exchange for free tuition. The study, led by a renowned psychiatrist, has inadvertently brought together some of the most dangerous minds who feel no guilt or fear. When one of the participants is found murdered, it becomes obvious they’re all in danger. Chloe goes from hunter to prey, and joins forces with two other psychopaths in the program to discover why they’re being targeted – if they could only trust each other.
Wildly entertaining with compelling characters and a vividly conjured campus setting, NEVER SAW ME COMING will keep you up all night, pinned to the page, wondering why you’re rooting for a would-be killer.
A group of diagnosed psychopaths are attending a university in Washington DC – John Adams University. They have been selected to be part of Dr Leonard Wyman’s Multimethod Psychopathy Panel Study, a secret study that aims to train them to live a more normal life. One of the seven students is Chloe Sevré and she is joined by others including Andre Jensen, and Charles Portmont. The study group are having their movements and moods monitored using smartwatches. Chloe has a plan of her own; she is plotting to kill another student, Will Bachman who is an old school chum. But when other students start dying, one of whom is found in the psychology building, a game of cat and mouse ensues.
The backdrop of a university campus works well in this disturbing thriller that I became engrossed in very quickly. The story is told in an interesting format; the reader hears from Chloe, Andre and Charles for most of the narrative. Chloe is the dominant player being the hunter and the hunted, and her pieces are imparted from both the first and third perspectives. Although I couldn’t say I actually liked any of the characters, they all had fascinating aspects and redeemable traits. Charles is solid, academically with a nice girlfriend and political aspirations. Andre is someone who experiences tragedy at a young age.
Never Saw Me Coming is a darkly comic, complicated tale that takes unreliable narration and shakes it with a huge dollop of distrust. With its twisty, meandering path, and a satisfying ending. I’m pleased I chose to read this great début and I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for more from Vera Kurian.
A special thank you to Park Row and the author for a complimentary copy of this novel at my request, received via NetGalley. This review is my unbiased opinion.
About the Author:
Vera Kurian is a psychologist and writer and a longtime resident of Washington DC. She has a doctorate in social psychology, specializing in intergroup relations, political ideology, and quantitative methods. She has studied fiction at Breadloaf, Sewanee, VONA, and attended juried workshops at LitCamp, Colgate, Juniper, and the Marlboro Summer Writing Intensive. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was a semifinalist for the Mark Twain Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest.
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