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Never Saw Me Coming

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Thank you Netgalley for this ARC of Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian.

Chloe is just an average college student looking for a good time.  She's excited to go to parties, date cute boys and have the full college experience.  But Chloe also carries a giant secret.  She is a psychopath, and she plans to kill Will, a boy who hurt her many years ago.

But Chloe isn't a lone psychopath.  Due to a study being done at her university, her and other students diagnosed with psychopathy have been granted scholarships to attend.  But in order to do so, they must be willing to participate, including being tracked, and taking various tests.  Everything seems normal until one of their fellow study participants winds up dead.  It turns out someone is targeting their group, but who and why?

A great premise, but I just couldn't get into this one.  There was so much flipping between who could and couldn't be trusted, who was and wasn't a psychopath, and the surface level relationships they all had with each other that caused me to lose interest.  None of the characters was compelling enough for me to ever get invested.  Overall, not my favorite.
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Thank you to the publishers for providing me with a digital copy of never saw me coming for the Girly book club. 

I really enjoyed never saw me coming and found it to be a fantastic premise. Psychopaths being haunted but by themselves or is there someone else. Ironically I guessed the bad guy but enjoyed it just the same.
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Never Saw Me Coming is a psychological thriller about a college girl who participates in a study at her school. The study is unusual, it's for psychopaths and this girl, Chloe, is a psychopath. It's told in 1st person POV from Chloe's perspective and some 3rd person perspectives as well. Chloe is an enigmatic narrator, I was drawn to her from the beginning. The study was interesting! This was definitely a compulsive, can'- put-it-down read! There's some wild and unbelievable parts of the book- but it's about psychopaths! Yes, why I love to read about this is beyond me but I do and I wanted to read about Chloe. There's a true mystery when someone in the study is targeted for murder!
Couldn't put it down, a bit unbelievable, well developed and well liked characters, a compelling read- Pick it up!
3.5 stars
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This was the first book I read by Vera Kurian.  I will definitely read more of her books.  The characters were very well developed and engaging.  I really felt I was inside the mind of a psychopath.  It took multiple chapters before Chloe's motive is revealed.
I loved Vera's writing style.  Even with many complicated characters, I felt I was able to keep up.
This is a must-read thriller.
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As someone who reads thrillers non stop, I was excited for this one. It took me forever to finish because I just didnโ€™t enjoy it. I think the storyline had potential but fell flat very fast.
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I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

A book with a different take on psychopaths. This was an interesting read. A little unbelievable but still enjoyable. It took me a bit to get into it, but once I did, I enjoyed it. I would recommend it as a rainy day type read. It's like a B thriller movie. I thriller with a unique test. 

I'll definitely try this author again.
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I love thrillers, especially psychological thrillers, so I was really excited to read this book. Sadly, this book was disappointing and not competitive for its genre. There are so many really great authors and books in this genre, so it's hard not to compare it to others I've read. 

There are lots of characters in this book, none of which are likable and most of which are complete psychopaths. You will learn a lot about of psychopathy by reading this book as well as get a sneak peek into the mind of a psychopath. 

This book has all of the elements of a solid thriller, and while it's not bad, I just can't say it's great either. No one can be trusted. There is no "good guy." It's twisty, but a little predictable. I can't say I will remember this book in the future, nor would I recommend it to any of my bookish friends. 

Thank you to the publishers and NetGalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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A definite page turner! Vera Kurian's Never Saw Me Coming was a psychological thriller for the times! Social media trolling, clickbait, spyware, stalking, revenge plots, liars, geo-tracking, fights breaking out, murder, hostages, AND it all surrounds a college study about psychopaths! 

With multiple points of view, Never Saw Me Coming is the story of several psychopaths, all lured to the same college, their tuition costs covered, so long as they agree to be part of a secret graduate study on psychopathy. But when psychopaths are the narrators, how do you know who's telling the truth? Who can you trust? What alliances are real? 

It took a little bit to get into the meat of the story, but once there I couldn't stop reading. So many high stakes moments, the problems becoming more and more severe. And then there's the issue that you, the reader, are rooting for psychopaths! It all comes to a head with some fascinating character changes as well as thought provoking ethics around humanity and psychopathy. 

If you're in a reading slump, Never Saw Me Coming may be the character-driven psychological suspense story to shake up your shelf! Alluring premise, well-paced, and mind-racing evil deeds.
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I was super intrigued by the summary of this book & was excited to read a fast paced thriller featuring a psychopath๐Ÿ˜ตโ€๐Ÿ’ซ. 

However, I was 100% dissatisfied and disappointed. It took me over two weeks to finish and honestly it became a chore. The storyline was creative and although it had so much potential it just fell flat. 

๐‘๐‘’๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘†๐‘Ž๐‘ค ๐‘€๐‘’ ๐ถ๐‘œ๐‘š๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” could 100% fall into the young adult genre. The young adult genre is not for me- young adult lingo makes me cringe (friends, Iโ€™m 30- Iโ€™m sure 10 years ago my opinion on young adult lingo would be different) the characters & personalities drove me nuts.

Let me just say that although I really did not enjoy this, it still had a creative & unique story line. Also those who adore the young adult genre might really enjoy this. 

SYNOPSIS: โ€œMeet Chloe Sevre. She is a freshman honor student, a legging-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.โ€

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Oh this book kept me on my toes all the way through! I love reading books that deal with psychology and personality disorders, such as that of Chloe. As cold as she is, she is brilliant and knows it. Now, she's who killed her study-mate but she's going to find out... but can she before she's next?
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Welcome to John Adams University in Washington, D.C., where psychopaths are attending your classes, living in your dorm, youโ€™ll never know who they are.  Seven psychopaths, participating in a psychology department study, their actions and feelings being tracked through a smartwatch, the only people who know their identify is the researcher and his assistant When one of the seven is found murdered, followed by another, the participants start to suspect they will be next.  Who could possibly know who they are?  One student is a beautiful genius who came to John Adams seeking revenge, another a popular frat boy from old money who has been working towards making a change, and a boy with a troubled path who uses his misdiagnosis to help him get a full scholarship are at the heart of Never Saw Me Coming by debut author Vera Kurian.  The three work together, never truly knowing who they can trust.  Stories spun by a full cast of unreliable narrators leave you guessing, never knowing who is lying, and who you can trust.  Full of suspicion, the students seek out the remaining subjects before a dramatic blindside conclusion.  Could you trust a psychopath?  Thank you to Harper Collins Canada, The Killer Crime Club, and NetGalley for the advanced copy of this book.
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Chloe is just your average college freshman headed to school away from home for the first time- or is she? I wanted this to be completely spoiler free so I didnโ€™t read anything ahead of time to spoil the surprises. So I was really surprised to find out that Chloe is not your average student. She is in a psychology lead scholarship program for Psychopaths. She and the other students in the program are monitored by a GPS tracker watch that she periodically reports and how sheโ€™s feeling. We come to find out that Chloe has come to the school mainly to enact revenge against her a sealant from childhood, Will.  Unfortunately that part of the story is not fleshed out completely as other characters are introduced to and a larger story starts to develop with multiple murders and no one knowing if one of the Psycho Pass in the program are responsible or not. Are they able to go against their diagnosis and become well adjusted students or are they Destined to become life destroying murderers?
A really good, intriguing read. Recommended. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.
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The whole premise of this book was wildly intriguing and while it was an interesting read I did have issues getting through it. Iโ€™m not sure if it was the pacing or the content but I found myself not wanting to pick it up. The last 100ish pages when the story was moving quicker weโ€™re my favorite part. The ending was also finished and yet missing something for me as well.
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Ever wonder if your college is doing some kind of secret research project and if your roommate or a friend is a part of it?  What if that secret research project is for individuals who were diagnosed with having psychopath tendencies and these individuals were enrolled in your college, going to parties with you, share your dorm? This is a story of one such college and one such program. While the premise and about 2/3 of the book were really good, the end fell a little short.
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NEVER SAW ME COMING by Vera Kurian was an unexpected thrill. While the read was not as tight and pacey as thriller readers may be used to, the unique hook and darkly fascinating characters drew me in until the last page.
This one reminded me a bit of Leigh Bardugo's NINTH HOUSE and is perfect for fans of dark academia.
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Never Saw Me Coming was a much slower burn than I was expecting.  Get a bunch of psychopaths together at a university and let them loose and I was expecting much more chaos and murder than I got.  So I think my expectations of this one really let me down.  It was a slow burn drama with some interesting takes on psychology.
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This was a very fast and easy read.  Good premise but did lose its was at times, adding in random plot lines that didn't really go anywhere and one of the major ones felt quite rushed at what was expected to be a key part of the book.  It did keep you guessing and changing your mind in true who dunnit fashion.  I would read more by this author
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An interesting, twisty thriller about a bunch of college kids...who happen to be psychopaths. Who can you trust? ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.
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I truly loved the premise of this book but it just wasn't for me. It was too slow for my liking and it's such a drag. I was not hooked at all. Yes, it's interesting to see how their mind works and how they handle things but I always find myself getting bored most of the time. This book has potential though.
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Chloe Sevre is going to Adams University on a scholarship and has been eagerly waiting to get into the university that Will is going to.  She has a beef to settle with Will and she's been waiting a long time to make this happen and has been strategizing on settling things once in for all.   She is a psychopath and has been admitted into a special program at Adam's University that is funding her education;  all she has to do is participate in their research project.  There are only seven other psychopaths in her program and she doesn't know who they are.    

Things start getting a bit complicated, one of the students in the research project that Chloe is in has been murdered and then a second one is murdered.  Chloe is feeling like someone is following her around and that she is being watched.  She has to settle things with Will and figure out who the murderer is. Can she trust Charles to help her solve or Andre, who are also in the same program as her.

I read this book for the Girly Book Club as it's our book for October. For me, fall feels like a perfect time to read a book like this, something a bit creepy with a bit of mystery theme. It was a fast paced book with some twists and turns.  I had the suspect down to two people and was able to figure out who it was close to the end.  The book was a thrilling read and kept me interested throughout it. It was scary but not too scary so I wasn't feeling anxious.   I would rate this book 3.75 stars.
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