BookBrowse has a new look! Learn more about the update here.

Book summary and reviews of Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian

Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian

Never Saw Me Coming

A Novel

by Vera Kurian

  • Critics' Opinion:
  • Readers' Opinion:
  • Published:
  • Sep 2021
    400 pages
  • Rate this book

  • Buy This Book

About this book

Book Summary

Never Saw Me Coming is a dynamic debut thriller about a group of students diagnosed with psychopathy who are being hunted on campus.

YOU SHOULD NEVER TRUST A PSYCHOPATH.

BUT WHAT IF YOU HAD NO CHOICE?

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.

Membership Advantages
  • Reviews
  • "Beyond the Book" articles
  • Free books to read and review (US only)
  • Find books by time period, setting & theme
  • Read-alike suggestions by book and author
  • Book club discussions
  • and much more!
  • Just $45 for 12 months or $15 for 3 months.
  • More about membership!

Reviews

Media Reviews

"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 Dexter series, 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

"Fresh, fast-paced and fiendishly clever! If you love watching true crime and wonder about the psychopaths among us, this is the book for you! Never Saw Me Coming will have you never sleeping again." - Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Stick a bunch of devious psychopaths together and what could possibly go wrong? Find out in Never Saw Me Coming, a completely original, clever whodunit from a talented new arrival to the world of psychological suspense. Vera Kurian is one to watch!"  - Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Other Mrs.

"Vera Kurian has put together a powerful puzzle of a murder mystery, as impossible to solve as it is to put down. What starts as a delicious thriller becomes a fascinating investigation of amorality, vengeance, and redemption. A powder keg of a debut." - Robin Wasserman, author of Girls on Fire and Mother Daughter Widow Wife

"Gripping! With a college campus setting, charming psychopaths, and a bitingly clever voice, Never Saw Me Coming is a dazzling debut from a bold new talent." - Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Shape of Night

This information about Never Saw Me Coming was first featured in "The BookBrowse Review" - BookBrowse's membership magazine, and in our weekly "Publishing This Week" newsletter. Publication information is for the USA, and (unless stated otherwise) represents the first print edition. The reviews are necessarily limited to those that were available to us ahead of publication. If you are the publisher or author and feel that they do not properly reflect the range of media opinion now available, send us a message with the mainstream reviews that you would like to see added.

Any "Author Information" displayed below reflects the author's biography at the time this particular book was published.

Reader Reviews

Write your own reviewwrite your own review

Julia A. (New York, NY)

Gripping
It is rare to read a novel in which the protagonists are psychopaths, but this author has the professional expertise and background to pull it off credibly. "Never Saw Me Coming" gripped me from the first page. I did like the other characters more than I liked Chloe, but she and everyone else was interesting and complex enough to keep me reading. Most of the non-psychopaths were rather flat, but with two notable exceptions, they were really just background noise anyway. I let many of my daily chores go for two days to finish the book. There were some minor inconsistencies, but not enough to distract from the story. The solution to the mystery was set up well, but nonetheless may catch the reader by surprise, partly because he or she may not want to believe that things can turn out that way. I highly recommend "Never Saw me Coming," and hope the author will write many more novels.

Peggy A. (Fairfax, VA)

I Couldn't Put it Down Until the Last Page
"A psychopath is a person suffering from a serious mental disorder that causes them to commit violent or antisocial acts without any remorse."

A group of college students, previously diagnosed as psychopaths, join a clinical program to study their lack of emotions and feelings of guilt.

Lying, cheating and murders happen in this fast paced novel that I couldn't put down until the last page.

I would recommend this book to anyone who might be interested in the subject of mental illness.

R. David Johnson MBA, Ashland, KY, Book Critic

An On The Edge Nonstop Psychological Thriller With Unexpected Twists Page After Page
Vera Kurlan may be a fresh addition amongst the literary community. However, her first novel contribution to readers with, "Never Saw Me Coming," demonstrates favorable new on-the-edge psychological suspense with every turn of the book's pages. Carefully written with vigilant attention to detail, from the shady casts of psychopathic young characters to the calculated crimes within the novel's plot, Kurlan additionally produces elements of drama, love, thrills, mystery, and suspense, within each chapter that is more than anticipated of a good psychological suspense novel. Furthermore, with the novel's setting in the heart of Washington, D.C. at a prominent university, Kuran's casts of characters, from young college students to influential professors, easily relates to young adult readers to the middle aged professionals. This new novel will keep the reader intrigued with the plot's new developments with each turn of the book's pages. This new novel is one that does not fall short a true psychological suspense.

Mary G. (Greensboro, GA)

Crazy Good!
Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian is one of those books you read when you want to reward yourself for good behavior. In this complicated thriller, young diagnosed psychopaths are recruited into a college study. They matriculate into the school like any other students and are not supposed to know the identities of the other 6 students in the program. But, being psychopaths, three members quickly find each other out. When students in the program start to die, the three must decide if they can trust each other enough to work together to stay alive. Or, is one of them the killer?

These deliciously twisted characters are somehow quite likable and are the reason the book works so well. The ending is satisfying and this is definitely a book that will get passed around from friend to friend.

M K. (Minneapolis, MN)

What do you think you know for sure?
This novel is about a college program that has given free tuition to seven students who are deemed to be psychopaths. They have smart watches which systematically chart their locations and moods. They don't know the other students in the study. The psychologist who has created the program believes he can help these people manage their illness. But when a couple of the students are murdered, the question becomes can a psychopath trust another psychopath. Like many great mysteries, I felt interested on the first page. The book was deliciously engaging, fun even, and I didn't know the murderer until the last few pages. All the winding plot twists made it a very entertaining book that I enjoyed very much.

Gina T. (Natick, MA)

a modern thriller with a twist
Never Saw Me Coming was a very satisfying whodunit. College students, Washington DC, the current political climate all came together in a fresh crime novel. The characters all drew both compassion and revulsion simultaneously. I found it captivating. I usually do not read this genre, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommended it to all my "true crime" friends.

...18 more reader reviews

Membership Advantages
  • Reviews
  • "Beyond the Book" articles
  • Free books to read and review (US only)
  • Find books by time period, setting & theme
  • Read-alike suggestions by book and author
  • Book club discussions
  • and much more!
  • Just $45 for 12 months or $15 for 3 months.
  • More about membership!

Author Information

Vera Kurian

Vera Kurian is a writer and psychologist living in Washington, DC. Her fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train, The Pinch, and Southern California Review. You can find her online at verakurian.com or @vera_kurian on Twitter.

More Author Information

Membership Advantages
  • Reviews
  • "Beyond the Book" articles
  • Free books to read and review (US only)
  • Find books by time period, setting & theme
  • Read-alike suggestions by book and author
  • Book club discussions
  • and much more!
  • Just $45 for 12 months or $15 for 3 months.
  • More about membership!

More Recommendations

Readers Also Browsed . . .

more thrillers...

Membership Advantages
  • Reviews
  • "Beyond the Book" articles
  • Free books to read and review (US only)
  • Find books by time period, setting & theme
  • Read-alike suggestions by book and author
  • Book club discussions
  • and much more!
  • Just $45 for 12 months or $15 for 3 months.
  • More about membership!

Become a Member

Join BookBrowse today to start
discovering exceptional books!
Find Out More

Top Picks

  • Book Jacket: A Gentleman and a Thief
    A Gentleman and a Thief
    by Dean Jobb
    In the Roaring Twenties—an era known for its flash and glamour as well as its gangsters and ...
  • Book Jacket: Early Sobrieties
    Early Sobrieties
    by Michael Deagler
    Dennis Monk is sober now, and he expects some applause. Or at least some recognition that he's ...
  • Book Jacket: The Coin
    The Coin
    by Yasmin Zaher
    A popular choice for book jackets in recent years, perhaps especially in the historical fiction ...
  • Book Jacket: The Night of Baba Yaga
    The Night of Baba Yaga
    by Akira Otani, Sam Bett
    When Yoriko Shindo gets into a brawl on a busy street in 1970s Tokyo, she has no idea what the ...

BookBrowse Book Club

Book Jacket
The 1619 Project
by Nikole Hannah-Jones
An impactful expansion of groundbreaking journalism, The 1619 Project offers a revealing vision of America's past and present.
Book Jacket
Lady Tan's Circle of Women
by Lisa See
Lisa See's latest historical novel, inspired by the true story of a woman physician from 15th-century China.

Members Recommend

  • Book Jacket

    The Very Long, Very Strange Life of Isaac Dahl
    by Bart Yates

    A saga spanning 12 significant days across nearly 100 years in the life of a single man.

Wordplay

Solve this clue:

L T C O of the B

and be entered to win..

Win This Book
Win Smothermoss

Smothermoss by Alisa Alering

A haunting, imaginative, and twisting tale of two sisters and the menacing, unexplained forces that threaten them and their rural mountain community.

Enter

Your guide toexceptional          books

BookBrowse seeks out and recommends the best in contemporary fiction and nonfiction—books that not only engage and entertain but also deepen our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.