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  • Published: 19 October 2021
  • ISBN: 9781787302860
  • Imprint: Harvill Secker
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $40.00

Never Saw Me Coming

Grade A student. Grade A psychopath.

Chloe looks like an ordinary university student, but she's actually a highly intelligent psychopath out for revenge.

'An addictive read' Prima

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

Chloe is part of a secret clinical study of young psychopaths run by the university's Psychology Department. Most psychopaths aren't criminals, but when a string of murders on campus causes upheaval, Chloe's private vendetta is sidelined. Partnered with fellow study participants she can't trust - and distracted by typical university life - Chloe has to walk the line between hunter and prey.

Perfect for fans of My Sister the Serial Killer, Killing Eve and The Secret History, Never Saw Me coming is a sharp, electrifying and hugely entertaining thriller with an antiheroine who will work her manipulative magic on you.

'Deliciously wicked and utterly addictive' Alice Hunter, author of The Serial Killer's Wife
'Fresh, fast-paced and fiendishly clever!' Lisa Gardner, bestselling author of Alone

'I fell in love with self-confessed psychopath Chloe on page one' Erin Kelly, author of He Said/She Said

'A fantastic read that absolutely kept me guessing. I loved everything about it; the college campus setting, the wickedly dark sense of humour involved, the unique and twisty murder mystery. How is it possible that I fell in love with a group of self-confessed psychopaths?' *****

'I was hooked... There's plenty of dark humor and i laughed a lot but there's also suspense, a lot of twists' *****

'A darkly comic, complicated tale that takes unreliable narration and shakes it with a huge dollop of distrust. With its twisty, meandering path, and a satisfying ending.' *****

'A profoundly disturbing and well written book with an ending I didn't see coming.' *****

'This book was perfectly pitched and pure fun. Highly recommended.' ******

  • Published: 19 October 2021
  • ISBN: 9781787302860
  • Imprint: Harvill Secker
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $40.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


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


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

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

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

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

Very twisty. Very clever.

R. L. Stine

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


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