"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!" — Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author
A Most Anticipated Novel of Fall 2021 by Newsweek, Goodreads, PopSugar, Crime Reads, SheReads, Crime by the Book, The Nerd Daily, and more!
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Seven diagnosed psychopaths are all starting college together—what could possibly go wrong? Chloe and six other freshmen are attending a respected DC university on a free ride as part of a secret research study about helping people with psychopathic tendencies have good, productive lives. But when kids from the program start turning up dead, Chloe and two of her new acquaintances are forced to go into detective mode to save themselves. Author Vera Kurian has a PhD in social psychology, and she really puts her expertise to work in this entertaining mystery. We were fascinated (and chilled to the bone) by Chloe’s first-person accounts of how she mimics “normal” emotions to gain the trust of others. Ultimately, Kurian brings us over to her unusual heroine’s side thanks to Chloe’s biting sarcasm and admirable drive. With its grimly hilarious black humor and ever-increasing suspense, Never Saw Me Coming puts a fun spin on the college novel.