Title: Never Saw Me Coming
Author: Vera Kurian
Publication: September 7, 2021
Publisher: Park Row
SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)
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.
I had this book come across my notice a few times and finally I snagged it up and started it. I happened to listen to this book on audio rather than read it traditionally and I am not disappointed. The narrator did a fantastic job. But that aside, lets talk about how insanely good this book was.
I want to start by saying this is unlike any other book I have ever read. It’s about a group of diagnosed psychopaths in college who get free schooling in exchange with participating in a study about psychopaths. Like, what!? I was instantly interested. Author Vera Kurian did not disappoint me. Weirdly I loved the main character Chloe. While some of her behavior is obviously questionable, she was fun to read. Her thought processes made me laugh at times because she really had no empathy and no thought about how certain actions may affect others. I liked how occasionally we got to read a chapter from someone else’s point of view, which was nice to see how some of the other participants in the story were.
I will admit the ending got me. I am usually pretty good at guessing the ends of books at least a little before it happens, but I got nothing. I was bamboozled just like the characters. The story had a good flow and even with the jumping around and flashbacks here and there, I felt like it was easy to follow. Kurian’s writing style is probably one of my favorites. She gives the information, but leaves enough to keep you guessing. I’m a hardcore fan of Kurian now.
To wrap it up… I love this book. It’s SO good. The storyline is incredibly unique and you will enjoy it. A great psychological thriller.