Never Saw Me Coming
Author: Vera Kurian
Publication Date: September 7, 2021
Publisher: Park Row
Genre: Psychological Thriller, Mystery, Fiction
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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.
Never Saw Me Coming is a book that wasn’t on my radar until I saw Stephanie and Yvonne review it. Their reviews and the blurb had me intrigued. I was fascinated by the fact that Chloe was a psychopath headed to college to kill Will while also being just one student who is part of a clinical study for psychopaths. All those psychopaths had to lead to a great psychological thriller, right? The answer is yes. Yes, they did.
I loved the way Never Saw Me Coming was written. Chloe was our main POV written in first person. Most of the chapters were hers and that worked well. The other two big players were Charles, a wealthy upperclassman in a fraternity, and Andre, another freshman. Both were part of Chloe’s program and had just as much to hide. The rest of the POVs were a few people surrounding them who added to the story in an important way. I loved reading everyone’s thoughts. The way they processed information, emotions, and what was going down was very interesting. The relationships between the Chloe, Charles, and Andre were some of my favorite parts to read. The dynamic and how they saw each other fascinated me.
Another thing I appreciated about Never Saw Me Coming was the plot. It was very thought out on the author’s part. The twists and turns kept me wondering what was happening and where the story was going. It’s a rare thing for me to have not guessed the killer before it is revealed, and I guessed wrong here. Or maybe I just never really truly guessed because I was experiencing things with the characters. That’s one of the main reasons this book is getting a full five stars from me.
As much as I loved this book and felt that it came to a fulfilling end, I would like a sequel. Or maybe a spin off. I wasn’t quite as done with some of the characters when everything was all said and done. I guess that tells you what a well crafter book this was. If you like a twisted psychological thriller, I would recommend this one.