Never Saw Me Coming My Vera Kurian, 4 Stars

It would be easy to underestimate Chloe Sevre… She’s a freshman honor student, a legging-wearing hot girl next door, who also happens to be a psychopath. She spends her time on 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 of 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 for revenge 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.

Praise for Never Saw Me Coming:

“This bar-raising debut exposes the gray areas in an often misunderstood disorder and defies readers to root against psychopathic antiheroes. Kurian’s highly anticipated thriller will undoubtedly lead fans of Gone Girl, Jeff Lindsay’s Dexterseries, and Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley novels to hope for Chloe’s return.” – Booklist, Starred Review

“Fun, entertaining, and hard to put down, a twisty whodunit with a satisfying conclusion.” – New York Journal of Books

“[A] razor-sharp, clever-as-can-be whodunit in which absolutely no one can be trusted.” – Newsweek

“Utterly gripping.” – The Sunday Telegraph

“Clever… prepare to buckle your seatbelt.” – Mystery Scene Magazine

“An audacious, break-the-mould thriller from a new voice.” – Red Magazine

“Extraordinarily entertaining… yoga pants noir.” – CrimeReads 

“Excellent pacing, sprightly narrative voices, and judicious dabs of wry humor make this a highly entertaining tale. Kurian’s refreshingly different slant on psychopathy marks her as a writer to watch.” – Publishers Weekly

“Readers won’t want to put down this fast and engaging debut novel, and they’ll root for the characters who’ve been cast as villains.” – Library Journal

My Review:

What if a college psychology program wanted to study psychopaths so much, they gave them scholarships? Never Saw Me Coming imagines this scenario and honestly, it doesn’t seem so far fetched. For anyone who ever took freshman psychology and had to submit to random “studies” during the semester just for class credit wouldn’t. Sure, they were mostly hokey experiments designed by psych graduate students, but it definitely makes you think.

The good news is that it doesn’t appear that all psychopaths actually murder people, they just lack any type of remorse or regret for their actions. And if you’ve even been so mad at someone that you could just “kill them.” Well…

Never Saw Me Coming has it all. Loveable (if psychotic characters), an interesting plot, characters (aka frat boys) that you kind of don’t want to see survive and at the heart of it all, mystery. It actually reminded me slightly of American Psycho, the college years, as told by Patrick Bateman’s female double. It’s a must read!

Special thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin for an advanced e-galley in exchange for my honest review. This one released on September 7, 2021. Get your copy:

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