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Never Saw Me Coming – a unique entry in the “dark academia” thriller genre.

Chloe Sevre is 18 years old and just started college. She’s checking out her dorm, meeting new people, flirting with the guys. And she is on the lookout for Will. Will is from her hometown in New Jersey. And he's the person she is planning to kill in sixty days. Will did a very bad thing years ago and it’s time for him to pay, with his life. We learn that Chloe is one of seven students who are part of an experimental, clinical program at John Adams University in DC studying psychopaths. Tuition is paid for and the students, whose identities are protected due to their diagnosis, need to partake in exercises and are monitored with a smartwatch. The goal is to see if their lack of empathy can be changed through behavioral modification. As Chloe focuses on her plan for revenge, she infiltrates Will’s fraternity and gets to know Charles, who is attractive, charactismatic and wealthy. She soon figures out that he too is one of the unnamed students in the study.

When a student in their study is murdered, soon followed by a second death, Chloe, Charles and Andre, another student in the group, band together to figure out who is targeting them. But Chloe also needs to focus on her plan to kill Will.

Never Saw Me Coming started strong and had me hooked. Once the students seek the killer, possibly another fellow student in the study including one of them, the cat and mouse game slows things down a bit although the pace picks at the end. It was an entertaining ride and I was satisfied with how it all came together. It's an impressive debut by author Vera Kurian.

Many thanks to Park Row / Harlequin Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read Never Saw Me Coming in advance of its release.

Rated 3.75 out of 5 stars.

Mystery / Thriller.

Publication Date: September 7, 2021.

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