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

Never Saw Me Coming

A Novel

by Vera Kurian

Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian X
Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian
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    Sep 7, 2021
    352 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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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.

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"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

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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.

Shelley C. (Eastport, NY)

I Never Saw It Coming
A group of students get a free ride to attend a Washington D.C. College. All they have to do is participate in a special psychology department program. And did I mention that they are all diagnosed psychopaths and that's why they were chosen? What could possibly go wrong?

When students in the program start dying, some of the other students start their own investigation into the murders. Who is the murderer? That is the focus of this fast paced psychological thriller.

It was an interesting look into modern college life as seen through the eyes of three of the students. The story was well plotted. The characters were well drawn. All in all a good story that I do recommend.

Sharon P. (San Diego, CA)

In the heads of psychopaths
Wow! Solid 4.5-5. I took a half star off because the characters are not very likable (however, no great shock as they are mostly psychopaths and vapid college kids.)

However, the book is quite a page-turner. I finished it in 24-hours and did really enjoy the tale as something unique—albeit it was very hard to relate to the subject and main characters in order to build some empathy. That said, it was fascinating to read more about psychopaths and kudos to the author for allowing us into their heads.

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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.

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