Review: Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian [ARC]

Disclaimer: I received an eARC copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I read this book as part of Gothtober readathon for the Murder prompt of the #HelHounds Team, and here are my thoughts on it!

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Never Saw Me Coming

by Vera Kurian

Published August 7, 2021 by Park Row
ISBN: 0778311554

Data 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.

TW: mention of rape, abuse from parent

My Review: Wasted Potential

With such a cool premise, this story could really have gone places. Sadly, it did not and I was left disappointed.

I came into this novel expecting it to be dark and evil. Instead, this novel read more like a YA story to me. The immature tone took me aback because I was expecting our MC to be less of a girly-girl and more dangerous. However, I got used to it and it did bring some hilarity to the story.

The author chose to tell this story from multiple perspectives. In my opinion, that was a mistake. I didn’t really care for the voices of the other characters because they just weren’t as interesting as Chloe. Since the entire story was about finding out who the mystery killer was, giving other characters their own chapters meant that the readers’ suspect list was shortened and it became easier to guess the identity of the killer.

The only character I really wanted to know more about was Chloe. Sure, Charlie and Andre had some interesting elements to them – but they paled in comparison to what Chloe could bring to the table. Sadly, I didn’t feel satisfied with Chloe’s psychopathic ways. I wanted her to be even smarter, even more ruthless than how she was depicted here.

There are 2 different plot lines going on in this story. I was more invested in the revenge plot that Chloe had than the murder plot that took over the story. Neither one had much tension, and I was disappointed with both of them.

Ultimately, this book failed on multiple levels. It was easy to read but didn’t keep me interested and the resolution of conflict was disappointing. Sadly, I’m giving this 1/5 stars.

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