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  • Published: 1 November 2022
  • ISBN: 9781529114669
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $22.99

Never Saw Me Coming

Grade A student. Grade A psychopath.




Meet Chloe. First-year student, ordinary, legging-wearing, girl next door...and psychopath out for revenge.

'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
Here is what we know about Chloe Sevre.

She can be whoever you want her to be. A fun girl, a potential best friend, someone to tell secrets to over midnight snacks. She has an impressive IQ of 135, loves yogalates and frat parties, and is a classic girl next door.

Chloe Sevre is also a psychopath.

In between her first-year classes and taking part in a secret clinical study of young psychopaths run by her university's psychology department, Chloe Sevre is plotting to kill childhood friend Will Bachman.

Poor, lacrosse-playing, weed-smoking Will Bachman. He has no idea what's coming.

They say you should never trust a psychopath. But when you hear what Will Bachman did to Chloe Sevre, you might just change your mind.
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PRAISE FOR NEVER SAW ME COMING:

'Deliciously wicked and utterly addictive' Alice Hunter

'Fresh, fast-paced and fiendishly clever!' Lisa Gardner

  • Published: 1 November 2022
  • ISBN: 9781529114669
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Vera Kurian

Vera Kurian is a Washington D.C.-based writer with a doctorate in social psychology who has studied fiction at Breadloaf, Sewanee and VONA and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. @vera_kurian www.verakurian.com

Praise for Never Saw Me Coming

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

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

Stick a bunch of devious psychopaths together and what could possibly go wrong? (...) a completely original, clever whodunit from a talented new arrival to the world of psychological suspense.

Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Other Mrs.

Stick a bunch of devious psychopaths together and what could possibly go wrong? (...) a completely original, clever whodunit from a talented new arrival to the world of psychological suspense.

Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Other Mrs.

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, bestselling author of the Rizzoli and Isles thrillers

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, bestselling author of the Rizzoli and Isles thrillers

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, Sunday Times bestselling author of Before She Disappeared

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, Sunday Times bestselling author of Before She Disappeared

Witty, acerbic and utterly compulsive, Never Saw Me Coming is a razor-sharp thriller with an irresistibly wicked central character. I couldn't tell if I was scared of, amused by, or attracted to Chloe Sevre. One thing's for sure: I will never forget her.

Kia Abdullah, author of Next of Kin

Witty, acerbic and utterly compulsive, Never Saw Me Coming is a razor-sharp thriller with an irresistibly wicked central character. I couldn't tell if I was scared of, amused by, or attracted to Chloe Sevre. One thing's for sure: I will never forget her.

Kia Abdullah, author of Next of Kin

Welcome to your new problematic fave. I fell in love with self-confessed psychopath Chloe on page one, and even as she plotted murder, found myself cheering her on.

Erin Kelly, author of bestseller He Said/She Said

Welcome to your new problematic fave. I fell in love with self-confessed psychopath Chloe on page one, and even as she plotted murder, found myself cheering her on.

Erin Kelly, author of bestseller He Said/She Said

A razor-sharp, brilliantly plotted and utterly gripping page-turner. I couldn't put Never Saw Me Coming down. Takes us to the darkest of places, with a lightness of touch and a keen intelligence: Vera Kurian's debut deserves to be a huge hit.

Sanjida Kay, author of One Year Later

A razor-sharp, brilliantly plotted and utterly gripping page-turner. I couldn't put Never Saw Me Coming down. Takes us to the darkest of places, with a lightness of touch and a keen intelligence: Vera Kurian's debut deserves to be a huge hit.

Sanjida Kay, author of One Year Later

Whip smart, very sharp, thrillingly sassy. What a refreshing take on the psychopath. And how much did I enjoy learning about the evolution of such a personality disorder from grassroots level... A brilliant read; unusual, clever and one-of-a-kind. Just like Chloe.

J. M. Hewitt, author of The Night Caller

Whip smart, very sharp, thrillingly sassy. What a refreshing take on the psychopath. And how much did I enjoy learning about the evolution of such a personality disorder from grassroots level... A brilliant read; unusual, clever and one-of-a-kind. Just like Chloe.

J. M. Hewitt, author of The Night Caller

Kurian expertly threads revenge and cat-and-mouse story arcs with Chloe's frank, show-stealing narration...Kurian's highly anticipated thriller will undoubtedly lead fans of Gone Girl, Dexter and Patricia Highsmith's Tom Ripley novels to hope for Chloe's return.

Booklist, starred review

Kurian expertly threads revenge and cat-and-mouse story arcs with Chloe's frank, show-stealing narration...Kurian's highly anticipated thriller will undoubtedly lead fans of Gone Girl, Dexter and Patricia Highsmith's Tom Ripley novels to hope for Chloe's return.

Booklist, starred review

Utterly gripping

Sunday Telegraph

Utterly gripping

Sunday Telegraph

Truly original. Vera's main characters are believable and likeable, despite their nature. A very intriguing read.

Joy Kluver, author of Broken Girls

Truly original. Vera's main characters are believable and likeable, despite their nature. A very intriguing read.

Joy Kluver, author of Broken Girls

Sharp, original and extremely entertaining. The portrayal of psychopathy is nuanced and sensitive - something you don't see enough of in thriller fiction.

Nancy Tucker, author of The First Day of Spring

Sharp, original and extremely entertaining. The portrayal of psychopathy is nuanced and sensitive - something you don't see enough of in thriller fiction.

Nancy Tucker, author of The First Day of Spring

The brilliantly original concept makes this an addictive read.

Prima

The brilliantly original concept makes this an addictive read.

Prima

A compulsive read...unreliable narrators and plot twists aplenty...goes beyond the tropes of psychopathy, showing the reality of living a normal, average life too. Dark, complex and gripping

The Skinny

A compulsive read...unreliable narrators and plot twists aplenty...goes beyond the tropes of psychopathy, showing the reality of living a normal, average life too. Dark, complex and gripping

The Skinny

An audacious, break-the-mould thriller from a new voice

Sarra Manning, Red

An audacious, break-the-mould thriller from a new voice

Sarra Manning, Red

An up-and-coming voice in fiction...a game of cat and mouse

Tatler

An up-and-coming voice in fiction...a game of cat and mouse

Tatler

An entertaining campus novel...the interplay between the characters is fascinating and there's lots of fun, both in the writing itself and in what it describes.

Literary Review

An entertaining campus novel...the interplay between the characters is fascinating and there's lots of fun, both in the writing itself and in what it describes.

Literary Review

Excellent pacing, sprightly narrative voices, and judicious dabs of wry humor make this a highly entertaining tale. Kurian's refreshingly different slant on psychopathy marks her as a writer to watch

Publishers Weekly

Excellent pacing, sprightly narrative voices, and judicious dabs of wry humor make this a highly entertaining tale. Kurian's refreshingly different slant on psychopathy marks her as a writer to watch

Publishers Weekly

Fun, entertaining, and hard to put down, a twisty whodunit with a satisfying conclusion

New York Journal of Books

Fun, entertaining, and hard to put down, a twisty whodunit with a satisfying conclusion

New York Journal of Books

Readers won't want to put down this fast and engaging debut novel, and they'll root for the characters who've been cast as villains

Library Journal

Readers won't want to put down this fast and engaging debut novel, and they'll root for the characters who've been cast as villains

Library Journal

A very impressive debut

Daily Mirror

A very impressive debut

Daily Mirror

I devoured this riveting book through a day of travel - in a taxi, on the plane, in the next taxi - and into the night. My desire to rush to the end clashed with my desire to savor every word. Who would be the last psychopath standing?

New York Times

I devoured this riveting book through a day of travel - in a taxi, on the plane, in the next taxi - and into the night. My desire to rush to the end clashed with my desire to savor every word. Who would be the last psychopath standing?

New York Times

What a hook! I loved this bold, fast-paced, entertaining thriller. Deliciously wicked and utterly addictive.

Alice Hunter, author of The Serial Killer's Wife

What a hook! I loved this bold, fast-paced, entertaining thriller. Deliciously wicked and utterly addictive.

Alice Hunter, author of The Serial Killer's Wife

Kurian dazzles with a unique protagonist and tight plotting. This one will keep you awake at night and force you to question how well you know the people in your life. Not to be missed!

Christina Dalcher, author of Vox

Kurian dazzles with a unique protagonist and tight plotting. This one will keep you awake at night and force you to question how well you know the people in your life. Not to be missed!

Christina Dalcher, author of Vox

Very twisty. Very clever.

R. L. Stine

Very twisty. Very clever.

R. L. Stine

A sharp debut, and ant-heroine Chloe is darkly entertaining throughout.

Irish Independent

A sharp debut, and ant-heroine Chloe is darkly entertaining throughout.

Irish Independent

Electrifying and entirely unpredictable.

Woman's Own

Electrifying and entirely unpredictable.

Woman's Own

A real treat of a book. I rooted for the nightmarish Chloe from the off, and couldn't stop turning the pages. Gripping, compelling and very satisfying

C.J. Cooper, author of THE BOOK CLUB and LIE TO ME

A real treat of a book. I rooted for the nightmarish Chloe from the off, and couldn't stop turning the pages. Gripping, compelling and very satisfying

C.J. Cooper, author of THE BOOK CLUB and LIE TO ME

Delivered with panache and wit

New York Times Book Review

Delivered with panache and wit

New York Times Book Review

This book was like a refreshing can of something fizzy - the interactions between the program members are a joy, and the plot full of sharp turns and surprises. I quickly became quite fond of this disparate gang of plotting, scheming young monsters. Can't remember reading something I enjoyed so much in ages. Highly recommended.

Helen Callaghan, Sunday Times bestselling author of Dear Amy

This book was like a refreshing can of something fizzy - the interactions between the program members are a joy, and the plot full of sharp turns and surprises. I quickly became quite fond of this disparate gang of plotting, scheming young monsters. Can't remember reading something I enjoyed so much in ages. Highly recommended.

Helen Callaghan, Sunday Times bestselling author of Dear Amy

Impossible to put down

Louise O'Neill

Impossible to put down

Louise O'Neill

This book was like a refreshing can of something fizzy - the interactions between the program members are a joy, and the plot full of sharp turns and surprises. I quickly became quite fond of this disparate gang of plotting, scheming young monsters. Can't remember reading something I enjoyed so much in ages. Highly recommended.

Helen Callaghan, author of the Sunday Times bestseller Dear Amy

This book was like a refreshing can of something fizzy - the interactions between the program members are a joy, and the plot full of sharp turns and surprises. I quickly became quite fond of this disparate gang of plotting, scheming young monsters. Can't remember reading something I enjoyed so much in ages. Highly recommended.

Helen Callaghan, author of the Sunday Times bestseller Dear Amy

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