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Scarlett Clark is an exceptional English professor. But she’s even better at getting away with murder. Every year, she searches for the worst man at Gorman University and plots his well-deserved demise. Thanks to her meticulous planning, she’s avoided drawing attention to herself—but as she’s preparing for her biggest kill yet, the school starts probing into the growing bod Scarlett Clark is an exceptional English professor. But she’s even better at getting away with murder. Every year, she searches for the worst man at Gorman University and plots his well-deserved demise. Thanks to her meticulous planning, she’s avoided drawing attention to herself—but as she’s preparing for her biggest kill yet, the school starts probing into the growing body count on campus. Determined to keep her enemies close, Scarlett insinuates herself into the investigation and charms the woman in charge, Dr. Mina Pierce. Everything’s going according to her master plan…until she loses control with her latest victim, putting her secret life at risk of exposure. Meanwhile, Gorman student Carly Schiller is just trying to survive her freshman year. Finally free of her emotionally abusive father, all Carly wants is to focus on her studies and fade into the background. Her new roommate has other ideas. Allison Hadley is cool and confident—everything Carly wishes she could be—and the two girls quickly form an intense friendship. So when Allison is sexually assaulted at a party, Carly becomes obsessed with making the attacker pay...and turning her fantasies about revenge into a reality.


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Scarlett Clark is an exceptional English professor. But she’s even better at getting away with murder. Every year, she searches for the worst man at Gorman University and plots his well-deserved demise. Thanks to her meticulous planning, she’s avoided drawing attention to herself—but as she’s preparing for her biggest kill yet, the school starts probing into the growing bod Scarlett Clark is an exceptional English professor. But she’s even better at getting away with murder. Every year, she searches for the worst man at Gorman University and plots his well-deserved demise. Thanks to her meticulous planning, she’s avoided drawing attention to herself—but as she’s preparing for her biggest kill yet, the school starts probing into the growing body count on campus. Determined to keep her enemies close, Scarlett insinuates herself into the investigation and charms the woman in charge, Dr. Mina Pierce. Everything’s going according to her master plan…until she loses control with her latest victim, putting her secret life at risk of exposure. Meanwhile, Gorman student Carly Schiller is just trying to survive her freshman year. Finally free of her emotionally abusive father, all Carly wants is to focus on her studies and fade into the background. Her new roommate has other ideas. Allison Hadley is cool and confident—everything Carly wishes she could be—and the two girls quickly form an intense friendship. So when Allison is sexually assaulted at a party, Carly becomes obsessed with making the attacker pay...and turning her fantasies about revenge into a reality.

30 review for They Never Learn

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill

    Holy crap...what in the actual hell did I just read? No, really?! WOW. This was a page turner that is for sure! If you like edgy, dark and twisted with a bit of snarky humor- here you go! Scarlett is a killer. In fact she has been killing for the past 16 years. She has it down to a science. She has never been questioned and certainly never caught. What the heck is her secret? Okay guys Scarlett only picks dudes that deserve it...well in her mind. Vigilante or sociopath? I am going to go with soci Holy crap...what in the actual hell did I just read? No, really?! WOW. This was a page turner that is for sure! If you like edgy, dark and twisted with a bit of snarky humor- here you go! Scarlett is a killer. In fact she has been killing for the past 16 years. She has it down to a science. She has never been questioned and certainly never caught. What the heck is her secret? Okay guys Scarlett only picks dudes that deserve it...well in her mind. Vigilante or sociopath? I am going to go with sociopath. As the rage builds in her year after year, she picks her "victim" out, she plans, stalks them and then goes in for the kill. Then wipes her hands clean and is off to teach English. I must admit this woman scares me a little... We also follow along in the life Carly Schiller a student at Gorman. Carly becomes a bit obsessed with her roommate Allie. Her obsession leads her into a world that can't be unseen. A tangled web is woven- I will just leave it right there as not to spoil it for you. I loved the dark, twisted plot. However wrong it was, it actually made me laugh a couple times because Scarlett had some snarky thoughts that were just fantastic. Will her luck run out after 16 years of killing? To quote the killer herself- she has spent 16 years murdering men and she is not about to get sloppy now! You go Scarlett! I think... Thank you so much to Gallery/Scout Press for this ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dita has the 'rona!

    FIVE BURSTING STARS! Every time life events conspired over the past few days to keep me from turning the pages of this book all I could think about was when I could race back and get my next hit. So compulsively addicting and so well-written were Fargo's characters that even now I cannot stop thinking about them. I hesitate to say too much but fans of My Lovely Wife, Jane Doe, Heartsick and other twisty, delicious thrillers have found their next read. You won't want to miss this one, Scarlett is e FIVE BURSTING STARS! Every time life events conspired over the past few days to keep me from turning the pages of this book all I could think about was when I could race back and get my next hit. So compulsively addicting and so well-written were Fargo's characters that even now I cannot stop thinking about them. I hesitate to say too much but fans of My Lovely Wife, Jane Doe, Heartsick and other twisty, delicious thrillers have found their next read. You won't want to miss this one, Scarlett is e'rythang! Thank you to the publisher for gifting me a copy!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn

    Scarlett Clark, a Gorman University English professor, is good at everything she does. Cool, confident, planning everything down to the letter, rarely a misstep, there is nothing that she can't do, when she puts her mind to it. That includes murdering men who she deems deserving of a well planned and fitting death. She's killed many men over the years and she's planning her biggest and most personal kill of all just as her school is looking into all the suicides that have taken place over the ye Scarlett Clark, a Gorman University English professor, is good at everything she does. Cool, confident, planning everything down to the letter, rarely a misstep, there is nothing that she can't do, when she puts her mind to it. That includes murdering men who she deems deserving of a well planned and fitting death. She's killed many men over the years and she's planning her biggest and most personal kill of all just as her school is looking into all the suicides that have taken place over the years. Suicides that weren't really suicides but instead, some of Scarlett's handiwork, as she cleans up the world, ridding it of men who prey on women. We also meet Gorman freshman Carly Schiller, finally getting to leave home and get away from her emotionally abusive father. Carly is introverted, mousy, shy, and she's been assigned a room with popular, outgoing Allison Hadley. When Carly sees Allison being sexually assaulted while unconscious, Carly is determined to do something about it, despite the school officials brushing off the incident. Carly's sense of justice brings out the worst (or maybe the best) in her, as she takes matters into her own hands. At about halfway into the book, these two stories merge and we begin to understand more how Scarlett and Carly make their mark on the campus. If only the men of Gorman knew that women were avenged, behind the scenes, they would be on their best behavior. Not much gets past Scarlett and Carly in this wickedly clever novel.  Publication date: October 13, 2020 Thank you to Gallery Books/Scout Press and NetGalley for this ARC. 

  4. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    “He wasn’t afraid of me…That was his first mistake.” They Never Learn is a dark and devious psychological thriller about a female professor who murders men who have committed unspeakable acts of abuse against women. Two women at Gorman University, one a student, the other a professor, are united in bringing down the perpetrators of sexual assault. Carly is a shy and awkward, college freshman. She is scared to open up and let people know the real her. Struggling to fit in, while at the same time t “He wasn’t afraid of me…That was his first mistake.” They Never Learn is a dark and devious psychological thriller about a female professor who murders men who have committed unspeakable acts of abuse against women. Two women at Gorman University, one a student, the other a professor, are united in bringing down the perpetrators of sexual assault. Carly is a shy and awkward, college freshman. She is scared to open up and let people know the real her. Struggling to fit in, while at the same time trying to navigate the dynamics of a new friendship, she finds herself in the dangerous and unsettling territory. Scarlett is well-respected in her field, confident, and extremely intelligent. While others on campus remain silent about sexual assault and misconduct amongst students and faculty, Scarlett takes action and murders the men who are guilty of such crimes. Killing for her is an intense ritual that empowers, compels, and drives her. When someone starts to take a closer look at campus “suicides,” she begins to fear her crimes will be exposed. Scarlett and Carly’s stories are very different, and it is not obvious how they relate until about halfway into the book. At a certain moment, their stories converge and all becomes clear. Chapters alternate between Scarlett's and Carly's perspectives. The reader knows early on who Scarlett is and what she does, but we don’t know what motivates her. Her story reveals what led her to this point. Carly is a mess, and her story feels messy. But all comes together in the end. They Never Learn is a sharp, intense, and refreshing read. I loved Scarlett’s character. She is a killer, but it is easy to root for her. Her cold and calculating demeanor had me on edge. Watching how she usurps the power of those who have brutally taken the power of their victims was exhilarating. One should be horrified by Scarlett’s crimes, but given the acts her victims committed, watching them die was beyond satisfying. “Killing a man is so much more satisfying than fucking a man could ever be.” I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    Hear ye, hear ye! This is my second novel by Layne Fargo and I think I've found a literary soul mate in her. It's so refreshing to find an author who isn't afraid to "go there", if you know what I mean. The premise behind They Never Learn is a modern classic; feminist serial killing told in a thrilling manner. The beauty of this story is that we know who is doing the killing at the beginning of the book, but we don't truly know what led her to it until the plot unravels in the second half. I thi Hear ye, hear ye! This is my second novel by Layne Fargo and I think I've found a literary soul mate in her. It's so refreshing to find an author who isn't afraid to "go there", if you know what I mean. The premise behind They Never Learn is a modern classic; feminist serial killing told in a thrilling manner. The beauty of this story is that we know who is doing the killing at the beginning of the book, but we don't truly know what led her to it until the plot unravels in the second half. I think this move was BRILLIANT on Fargo's part; we still get all the chills and thrills associated with a creepy mystery, but the book isn't an automatic let down if you figure out the killer's identity early, because that factor is taken out of the equation. I don't want to say too much, but it takes awhile for us to figure out how Scarlett and Carly's paths are mingled together, and I loved seeing how everything unfolded. If you're looking for a novel that will have you wondering whether you relating to a serial killer makes you a psychopath as well, you've come to the right place. *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Well, this is How to Get Away with murder meets Unbelievable waltz with a little “13 reasons why” and we have kickass punisher/vigilante/ #metoo movement follower English professor Scarlett Clark: reminds us of Black Widow (she didn’t get married but the men should beware! Because she is ready to bring justice to the bullies, rapists, stalkers, weirdos!), a good kind of serial-punisher! Don’t worry, she doesn’t choose students to commit murders for her like Annalise Keating had done and help the Well, this is How to Get Away with murder meets Unbelievable waltz with a little “13 reasons why” and we have kickass punisher/vigilante/ #metoo movement follower English professor Scarlett Clark: reminds us of Black Widow (she didn’t get married but the men should beware! Because she is ready to bring justice to the bullies, rapists, stalkers, weirdos!), a good kind of serial-punisher! Don’t worry, she doesn’t choose students to commit murders for her like Annalise Keating had done and help them to get away with it. She works alone and she chooses the real scumbags, the worst predators at her list. She’s committing these cold blooded murders for years and she really knows how not to get any attention and how to misguide the law officers: Never leaves a trace, DNA any clue, distorting the crime scenes and deceives the officers the nature of murders. Now she is working at the Gorman University and she already punished a rapist student by poisoning him and made the entire people think he killed himself. Now she is focused on her big prize: Professor Alex Kinnear, his pretentious nemesis, womanizer, cheater, stealing his colleagues’ longtime works and getting credit from them. But she’s in trouble because Dr. Mina Pierce, ex-wife of Alex starts her own investigation because she finds the suicide patterns at the campus so suspicious and she works on a list consisted of Scarlett’s most of the victims. Could she find any clue directly point at her? In the meantime, we’re introduced the second narrator: Carly Schiller, 18 years old, introvert, quirky, having problems with her dysfunctional family, hating her cheater dad, trying to keep her head above the water throughout her freshman year. She also attends Alex’s classes who encourages her creative writing and shows her friendly attention. Carly’s decision to lay low and live in the shadows changes when she find out her roommate Allison she had a long time crush was sexually assaulted at the party. Now it’s time for her sharpen her nails, clenching her fists and seeing red. She wants justice. Could the silent and shy girl turn into a mean avenger to help her roommate? In the middle of the book, there is a twist I saw it at the beginning but it is still good one. The way of the narrators’ stories’ interception is also well written, smart and satisfying. This book is about brave women who deserve better life and who fight for taking the control of her their destiny. Even though most of the characters seem like vicious, violent and having sociopathic tendencies, you find yourself chant for their cause because it could happen to you! It could happen to your best friend, your own child and any other woman whose lives were ruined by the lack of evidence and common hypocrisy at the justice system. Overall: Even though all the women characters at the book were a little terrifying and the method of their justice was a little argumentative, it was fast pacing, smart, entertaining , thought provoking reading with lovely queer representation. I’m giving my 4 brave, moving, riveting stars and looking forward to read more works of Layne Fargo! I couldn’t put this book down all night long! Special thanks to NetGalley and Gallery/Scout Press for sharing this unputdownable ARC with me in exchange my honest review. blog instagram facebook twitter

  7. 4 out of 5

    preoccupiedbybooks

    A dark and twisted psychological thriller, about two women who enjoy giving bad men what they deserve... Scarlett is an English professor at Gormon University. She is also a serial killer, a vigilante doling out punishment to the rapists and the abusers of the world. Her life is fine, until the university starts looking into the er..large body count on campus! Anxious and enraged, she loses control with her latest victim and puts everything at risk. Carly, a first year student at Gormon, begins an A dark and twisted psychological thriller, about two women who enjoy giving bad men what they deserve... Scarlett is an English professor at Gormon University. She is also a serial killer, a vigilante doling out punishment to the rapists and the abusers of the world. Her life is fine, until the university starts looking into the er..large body count on campus! Anxious and enraged, she loses control with her latest victim and puts everything at risk. Carly, a first year student at Gormon, begins an intense friendship with her enigmatic and confident roommate, Allison. When Allison is assaulted at a party, Carly wants the attacker to pay. Wow, holy shit, I was rivetted to this book, and stayed up way too late to finish it! So much drama! So much fun! This was the feminist serial killer story, that I didn't know I needed! Obviously there are trigger warnings for sexual assault in here, and all kinds of violence! So take care! A fast paced book, with a dual POV, which worked really well, They Never Learn was brutal, shocking and gripping, but also had elements of snarky humour thrown in too! It was entertaining, clever and so well written. I could feel the rage radiating off the page, and raged myself at the injustices of young women being dismissed, victimised and failed by the system! Even though the murdering of men was obviously horrifying, and totally wrong, it was also quite satisfying to read about because those men were truly awful! I'm not going to lie, Scarlett was a cold blooded sociopath, and she terrified me! I would not want to meet her in person AT ALL! Buuuut... I kinda liked her as a fictional character, and totally wanted her to get away with it! Some of the characters in TNL were very violent, vindictive and vicious, but I couldn't help rooting for them. In their own way, they were fighting for justice, for women who were assaulted and abused. Strong, and yet dangerous, I was half captivated, half horrified by them! There were also characters who I hated with every fibre of my being, may they rot in hell! I half suspected the twist, but then was thrown off by some red herrings! When the twist happened I was like arrghh, I was right the first time, before you tricked me Layne Fargo!! Thrown off the scent, after being spot on, it didn't deter me from the story, as there were so many more twists to come! There was also some great on page bisexual and gay representation! Towards the end of They Never Learn, the plot and the characters got even more disturbing and unhinged, but I kind of went with the crazy, and then ultimately the ending felt satisfying for me! I definitely need to get my hands on Layne Fargo's debut,Temper, and will be looking out for her next book with eager, grabby little hands! I would definitely recommend this for a wild, entertaining, and vengeful story, if you're in the mood for something disturbing, and yet exhilarating! 🔪☠️🔥☠️🔪 (4.5 Stars) Available 13th October 2020! Many thanks to Edelweiss and to Simon and Schuster for my DRC, in exchange for an honest review! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Well I just stayed up to almost midnight to finish this book, I'll be tired tomorrow, but I have no regrets!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gabby

    Holy shit I loved this. This book screams 'I Did Something Bad' by Taylor Swift, I've never read a book that gives off the same exact vibes of that song until I read this book. The writing is absolutely captivating and I loved the characters too. I think it's best to go into this book knowing little to nothing, as I did but if you need to know more, here's a general description of what this book is about: we follow a woman named Scarlett, who is an English professor at a college, and she's also a Holy shit I loved this. This book screams 'I Did Something Bad' by Taylor Swift, I've never read a book that gives off the same exact vibes of that song until I read this book. The writing is absolutely captivating and I loved the characters too. I think it's best to go into this book knowing little to nothing, as I did but if you need to know more, here's a general description of what this book is about: we follow a woman named Scarlett, who is an English professor at a college, and she's also a serial killer. She tracks down bad men who have done awful things and makes them pay. Meanwhile, we also follow Carly who is a freshman at the same college and she's slowly developing feelings for her roommate Allison. There was such a good plot twist halfway through the book that shocked me so much, I didn't see it coming at all. To make this book even better, there are many queer characters in this book as well, and I absolutely love seeing that representation in this genre. I absolutely loved Scarlett and Carly as characters, and I just had the best time reading this book. I've seen some people comparing this book to the show Killing Eve, which I can definitely see. I don't know if this would be considered dark academia or not but it all takes place on a college campus and has the best dark/sinister vibes, so I would say yes? I really loved this one, even more than I expected to. Scarlett is the baddest bitch and I LOVED reading about her. Btw, I pictured Katie Siegel from Haunting of Hill House as Scarlett while I was reading this and that made my experience a thousand times better.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jayme

    I knew by the 10% point that this would be a 5 star book for me! So, let's set the mood, so you can settle in for this "unputdownable" read! First, pour yourself a glass of ruby colored wine...🍷 Then, get on YouTube and listen to the Karen Kamon song "Manhunt" from the classic 1983 film "Flashdance"-particularly the chorus... (if you don't already have the words memorized, as I do....)😳 " I'm goin on a manhunt, turn it around Women have been hunted, now they're huntin' around Manhunt, we all got the ne I knew by the 10% point that this would be a 5 star book for me! So, let's set the mood, so you can settle in for this "unputdownable" read! First, pour yourself a glass of ruby colored wine...🍷 Then, get on YouTube and listen to the Karen Kamon song "Manhunt" from the classic 1983 film "Flashdance"-particularly the chorus... (if you don't already have the words memorized, as I do....)😳 " I'm goin on a manhunt, turn it around Women have been hunted, now they're huntin' around Manhunt, we all got the need The one that's been waitin' has taken the lead I'm goin' on a manhunt-I'm out for a kill! " Now, open your book, and meet Scarlett Clark, an exceptional English professor, with flaming red hair and an even more fiery temper! Every year she selects the WORST man on Gorman campus and meticulously plans his demise. Too bad, "They Never Learn" and keep repeating their mistakes! This song could've been written for Scarlett-and, I loved her!❤️ But, she isn't the only one at Gorman who has had enough of the male species there. When Carly Schiller's roommate, Allison is sexually assaulted at a party, she too, becomes obsessed with making someone pay. Although Scarlett's chapters were definitely my favorite, Carly's are engaging too. The narratives alternate, the pace is fast, and the humor is snarky! (my favorite kind!) But one woman, may have just gotten sloppy, putting her secret life at risk of exposure.. If you miss the HBO show-Dexter, or enjoyed "My Lovely Wife", Jane Doe (#1), Best Day Ever, or "The Other Mrs. Miller”- then this one is for you!! A big Thank You to the publisher, Gallery/Scout Press for the digital ARC! It was a pleasure to post a candid review! AVAILABLE TUESDAY!! OCT.13th, 2020 HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY!!❤️

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kelli Wilson

    4-LETTER WORD + ING AWESOME! A female vigilante serial killer. One who makes her own final justice on behalf of women that have been abused, assaulted and raped. She's gotten away with killing bad men for over a decade! Until now, as she makes a rash decision and comes as close as she's ever been to being caught. Absolutely loved this revenge filled story with a strong confident female lead. It was compelling, intelligent and well written. The story telling was excellent and used 2 alternating POV 4-LETTER WORD + ING AWESOME! A female vigilante serial killer. One who makes her own final justice on behalf of women that have been abused, assaulted and raped. She's gotten away with killing bad men for over a decade! Until now, as she makes a rash decision and comes as close as she's ever been to being caught. Absolutely loved this revenge filled story with a strong confident female lead. It was compelling, intelligent and well written. The story telling was excellent and used 2 alternating POVs, which helped the author deliver a fabulous job of character development. 4.5 stars! *Thank you to Simon & Schuster via Edelweiss+ for providing a digital review copy!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Farrah

    ⭐ 4 𝙏𝙚𝙖𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙧'𝙨 𝙋𝙚𝙩 𝙎𝙩𝙖𝙧𝙨! ⭐ Sometimes I see reviews where people say they are wary of books that are rated high but I find I'm the opposite way. When I see a lot of readers rave about a book, I get extra excited to try it. I figure 𝘚𝘰 𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘯'𝘵 𝘣𝘦 𝘸𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘨, 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺? That's what happened here. I put my trust in others and ended up enjoying this book that I never would have picked up on my own. What I liked most about They Never Learn - besides the clever title and twist that totally surprised ⭐ 4 𝙏𝙚𝙖𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙧'𝙨 𝙋𝙚𝙩 𝙎𝙩𝙖𝙧𝙨! ⭐ Sometimes I see reviews where people say they are wary of books that are rated high but I find I'm the opposite way. When I see a lot of readers rave about a book, I get extra excited to try it. I figure 𝘚𝘰 𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘯'𝘵 𝘣𝘦 𝘸𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘨, 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺? That's what happened here. I put my trust in others and ended up enjoying this book that I never would have picked up on my own. What I liked most about They Never Learn - besides the clever title and twist that totally surprised me - was the stellar character arcs. Especially Carly. That girl needed a literal chill pill, she had so much angst and anxiety. But watching her grow and change through the book was awesome and so well written. I will say this though - I 𝙙𝙤 𝙣𝙤𝙩 agree with the ending. I thought and hoped things would turn out differently. That's just my personal opinion and not reflected in my rating because the author finished the book in the way she wanted to and she did it well but I wasn't happy about it lol 🙂

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michael David

    HAPPY PUPLICATION DAY to one of my favorite thrillers of the year! “A smile spreads across my lips, even colder than the snow. You’re next, motherf***er.” I couldn’t help but hoot as I read this line in the EXCELLENT, unputdownable murder thriller THEY NEVER LEARN. Scarlett is a college professor who kills men at the University she teaches at...men who, in her mind, deserve it for doing terrible things to women. Everything is fine until her latest kill spins wildly out of control and causes more p HAPPY PUPLICATION DAY to one of my favorite thrillers of the year! “A smile spreads across my lips, even colder than the snow. You’re next, motherf***er.” I couldn’t help but hoot as I read this line in the EXCELLENT, unputdownable murder thriller THEY NEVER LEARN. Scarlett is a college professor who kills men at the University she teaches at...men who, in her mind, deserve it for doing terrible things to women. Everything is fine until her latest kill spins wildly out of control and causes more people to probe into the deaths at the college. In alternating chapters, Carly is a freshman at the university who quickly becomes friendly with her roommate, Allison, her total opposite. Allison likes to go out, drink, flirt, and generally have a good time. After Allison is sexually assaulted at a party, Carly can’t stop her dark thoughts of making the attacker pay for what he’s done. This book is bloody, violent, somewhat disturbing, and extremely entertaining. I was blown away by author Layne Fargo’s ability to etch out the characters so well and keep me intrigued at every chapter. There’s plenty of unsuspecting twists that tie everything together, and you will not want to stop reading as you get deeper and deeper into this dark story. This surpasses Fargo’s debut novel, TEMPER, by far. Thank you to Gallery/Scout Press, Layne Fargo, and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews

    "My story was fiction, but it was about how the world should be--how it would be if we could turn men's actions back on them. Made them fear us instead." This is a purely entertaining, chilling, and thrilling far fetched look into a terrifying female psychopath seeking a twisted sense of justice and revenge against the men who get away with harming women. Layne Fargo horrifies and entertains us here with this dark and twisted terrifying psychopath. She played on that dark and twisted side of me "My story was fiction, but it was about how the world should be--how it would be if we could turn men's actions back on them. Made them fear us instead." This is a purely entertaining, chilling, and thrilling far fetched look into a terrifying female psychopath seeking a twisted sense of justice and revenge against the men who get away with harming women. Layne Fargo horrifies and entertains us here with this dark and twisted terrifying psychopath. She played on that dark and twisted side of me and took me into the mind and shoes of this fascinating serial killer. Professor Scarlett Clark has appointed herself an avenging angel for women harmed by men. She has spent years hunting and killing predatory men and making their deaths appear accidental or self-inflicted. That's a lot to find believable, and I have to admit I needed to leave that overthinking in me out of the story and just go along with this thrilling ride. Things get even more interesting with another POV from student Carly who has violent thoughts towards predatory men. I was surprised with a brilliant turn to the story that I should have seen coming, but I didn't. The dynamics change a bit, and things started to get even more tense and exciting right up to the end of the story. I enjoyed how it all wrapped but I did feel the whole twisted feminism drama was pushed a bit and that final surprising twist. Dang, it! I said I wasn't going to overthink this one. “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them”― Margaret Atwood I received a copy from Layne Fargo to read and review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Larry H

    Whoa. Just whoa. I’ve seen a bunch of friends raving about Layne Fargo's books, so I was excited to win a Bookstagram giveaway of her new book. And after reading it in one sitting, now I’m definitely a fan! Scarlett is a professor at Gorman University. She’s smart, ambitious, sexy—and dangerous. Scarlett is determined to rid the university of the men who take advantage of, and hurt, women. All of her crimes are meticulously planned and no one has suspected any foul play, at least until the univers Whoa. Just whoa. I’ve seen a bunch of friends raving about Layne Fargo's books, so I was excited to win a Bookstagram giveaway of her new book. And after reading it in one sitting, now I’m definitely a fan! Scarlett is a professor at Gorman University. She’s smart, ambitious, sexy—and dangerous. Scarlett is determined to rid the university of the men who take advantage of, and hurt, women. All of her crimes are meticulously planned and no one has suspected any foul play, at least until the university starts to think there may be more to these deaths than meets the eye. Carly is an incoming freshman at Gorman. She’s happy to be away from her abusive father and victimized mother, but college makes her nervous. She wishes she could be cool like her roommate, Allison. As the two become closer, Carly comes to Allison’s rescue when she needs her the most. I’m going to stop describing the plot now because there’s so much that needs to unfold for you as you read. Suffice it to say it’s a little bit Dexter , a little bit How to Get Away with Murder , and a little bit Unbelievable , with twists all its own. I absolutely DEVOURED this book. It was just so excellent and it hooked me completely. Boy, does Fargo know how to tell a story!! This will definitely be one of my favorite thrillers of the year, and I need to read more of Fargo's books!! Check out my list of the best books I read in 2019 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2019.html. Check out my list of the best books of the decade at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/my-favorite-books-of-decade.html. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    Well, well, well, what do we have here????? Scarlett Clark is an English Professor by day and a woman who murders men who she feels deserve it by night. Just when she is preparing for her biggest kill yet, the college begins to investigate the growing number of "suicides" on campus. Carly Schiller is trying to survive freshman year. She wants to dive into her studies but her roommate who enjoys breaking the rules has other plans. As the roommates becomes closer, Carly becomes obsessed with making Well, well, well, what do we have here????? Scarlett Clark is an English Professor by day and a woman who murders men who she feels deserve it by night. Just when she is preparing for her biggest kill yet, the college begins to investigate the growing number of "suicides" on campus. Carly Schiller is trying to survive freshman year. She wants to dive into her studies but her roommate who enjoys breaking the rules has other plans. As the roommates becomes closer, Carly becomes obsessed with making the young man who sexually assaulted her roommate at a party pay for his actions. Grab a seat, buckle yourself in and enjoy this dark twisted ride! This was a fast, fun and captivating read. We are not supposed to root for the killer, are we? That would be so wrong, but it feels so right. So how do these two storylines relate? Will they merge? Did you see the connection coming? My hand is waving in the air, I figured that little bit out, but it did not affect my enjoyment of this book at all. This was bloody good. A real killer of a book! A riveting not-to-be-missed book! Thank you to Gallery/Scout Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Arini

    “Killing a man is so much more satisfying than fucking a man could ever be.” Why. I don’t know if I should pity you or applaud you. A feminist serial killer story? Hmm, more like strike the feminist and replace it with misandrist. 👀 Granted my knowledge on these two concepts, terms, ideology or whatever is very limited, so it could be that I took this book the wrong way and was missing the point. But Idk . . . I did not vibe with this book. Scarlett is an English professor. She’s also a “Killing a man is so much more satisfying than fucking a man could ever be.” Why. I don’t know if I should pity you or applaud you. A feminist serial killer story? Hmm, more like strike the feminist and replace it with misandrist. 👀 Granted my knowledge on these two concepts, terms, ideology or whatever is very limited, so it could be that I took this book the wrong way and was missing the point. But Idk . . . I did not vibe with this book. Scarlett is an English professor. She’s also a part time serial killer. Unfortunately, she might have to take a break or retire from that career path because the school (where she teaches, hunts, and kills) starts getting suspicious of the growing body count found on campus and opens up an investigation. Then there’s Carly, who’s an awfully shy freshman student of the same university. She roomates with this cool chick Allison and overtime develops feelings for her. So when Allison is sexually assaulted at a party, Carly makes it her mission to be . . . obsessed with (the idea of) making the offender pay. How do you think their stories will connect? ✤ Women feeling empowered by bringing (bad) men down. (view spoiler)[I guess this is okay if the men really do have it coming. However, the fact that there isn’t a single decent male character in this book is a bit much. I get that the book is trying to show that, be it a stranger or someone whom you trust and think is your friend, you have to be careful (still) because predators could be anyone. But makin’ them all predators? That’s just . . . tragic and makes me feel hopeless. Why can’t we at least have one who’s an ALLY? It seems like the book is overgeneralizing. (hide spoiler)] ✤ The mystery is that this book doesn’t have one. Am I the only one who thinks that plot twist is not a plot twist at all? Cause like, well, duh! That’s so obvious. ✤ Romanticized ending (??) (view spoiler)[I feel like the ending fits more in a romance book. How come we glorified this serial killer as some sort of savior or superhero? I don’t want her representating us ladies or me specifically. How can you adore someone who kills? Also, like how bad is the offense should be until you decide that person deserves the kill? How is killing those perverts solve the problem? I’m all for women empowerment, but not at the expanse of someone else. I may not need a man, but that doesn’t mean I wish them going extinct or anything. 😂 Honestly, girl, stay on your lane and mind your own business! If you want to help, I don’t think being the judge, jury, executioner is the answer. Why am I so riled up about this?! LOL. Anyway, I’d rather get an ambiguous ending than this . . . happily ever after. (hide spoiler)] ✤ The writing, or whatever’s making the tension and thrill nonexistent. When you’re listening to a thriller book on audio and still be able to multitask without feeling distracted by one or the other, that’s not a good sign. At least not in my case. This book went by me quickly and didn’t make me feel. I don’t think Scarlett was a badass. She didn’t make me want to understand and try to justify her behavior and root for her. Bottom line, That’s my impression on this book. Kinda icky. Didn’t dislike it but also not 100% sold. (Read as an Audiobook) Similar (Better) Recommendations: ↠ The Kind Worth Killing ↠ Jar of Hearts ↠ Mindf*ck ↠ Pretty Girls ↠ The Swap

  17. 5 out of 5

    karen

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! If men could learn the error of their ways, I wouldn’t have to teach so many of them a lesson. in the wake of the #metoo movement, the bookmarket has been flooded by nonfiction accounts written by survivors of sexual assault and empowerment fiction about girls fighting back against predatory men, with or without supernatural assistance. inevitably, with trend-surges like these, some of ‘em are great, some are trite, and some get lost or overlooked in the crowd because of reader-fa NOW AVAILABLE!!! If men could learn the error of their ways, I wouldn’t have to teach so many of them a lesson. in the wake of the #metoo movement, the bookmarket has been flooded by nonfiction accounts written by survivors of sexual assault and empowerment fiction about girls fighting back against predatory men, with or without supernatural assistance. inevitably, with trend-surges like these, some of ‘em are great, some are trite, and some get lost or overlooked in the crowd because of reader-fatigue (on a not unrelated note: the literary community needs to come to terms with the fact that WWII has been amply covered and give it a rest for at least five years). sobutanyway, what i’m saying is don’t overlook this one, because it’s a blast. sure, the message is unhealthy AF, with its ‘kill all the bad boys’ revenge attitude, but as a sink-into-it book about a sociopathic murderess on a mission, it’s fantastic—fast-flowing and gripping, full of intrigue and flawed characters. bonus: i did not at all anticipate the seam where its two stories met, and it was delicious. it was a rare-for-me-these-days single-day read, and i liked it even more than her debut, Temper. the two books share the same kind of pleasantly unexpected and somewhat unhinged endings, but in nearly every other way, they are complete opposites, particularly in matters of the sisterhood, and that’s all i can say about that here. fargo’s on a roll, and i’m here with my grabby little hands for whatever she’s cooking up next. come to my blog!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    "He wasn’t afraid of me, I write. That was his first mistake." Yes. Yes it is. I dare any man to take advantage of Scarlett or any other women in her path because it will be the last thing you ever do. "come on, it was sixteen fucking years ago.” There it is: the anger, the disbelief, the utter indignation that I would dare to judge him, to hold him accountable. To make him pay for what he’s done. “You have to take some responsibility too,” he says. “You knew exactly what you were doing. G "He wasn’t afraid of me, I write. That was his first mistake." Yes. Yes it is. I dare any man to take advantage of Scarlett or any other women in her path because it will be the last thing you ever do. "come on, it was sixteen fucking years ago.” There it is: the anger, the disbelief, the utter indignation that I would dare to judge him, to hold him accountable. To make him pay for what he’s done. “You have to take some responsibility too,” he says. “You knew exactly what you were doing. Girls like you always—” My arm is already swinging. One slash, and his throat blooms red." This book is utter perfection. I want to hug Layne Fargo for writing this rage fueled feminist tale. Scarlett is an amazing character and one that I rooted for without abandon. Sure, she's a murderer, but it's like Dexter where her victims are hardly victims at all. They are scum and sorry excuses for men that got exactly what they deserved as far as I'm concerned. I loved every single second of this book. Highest recommendation and one of my favorites, without a doubt, this year. ALL. THE. STARS.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Javier

    "He wasn't afraid of me. That was his first mistake" First of many, I would say... As I sat here reflecting about "They never learn" to write this review, empathizing once again with a sociopath, I couldn't help but wonder: am I a socipath myself? Either because of my (alledged) sociopathic tendencies or because of this current trend with stories with very well written socio characters, I enjoyed this one a lot. Yes, I know, murder and violence are not the answer, but it was so satisfaying seeing "He wasn't afraid of me. That was his first mistake" First of many, I would say... As I sat here reflecting about "They never learn" to write this review, empathizing once again with a sociopath, I couldn't help but wonder: am I a socipath myself? Either because of my (alledged) sociopathic tendencies or because of this current trend with stories with very well written socio characters, I enjoyed this one a lot. Yes, I know, murder and violence are not the answer, but it was so satisfaying seeing these pricks get their comeuppance. Meet Scarlett Clark. A Gorman University English proffesor by day, murderer extraordinaire by night. But she only kills men who well deserve it so, YOU GO, GIRL! As Annalise Keating, she's been getting away with murder for 16 years but, as she gets too personal in her latest killing, her secret life is at risk of exposure. Carly Schiller, a freshman at Gorman University, is trying to survive her first year, forming a very intense friendship with her new roommate Allison, but when she is sexually assaulted, Carly takes upon herself to make her friend's attacker pay. In the author's bio it is said that Layne Fargo writes thrillers about angry women. I wouldn't say they're angry but fed up of dealing with despicable guys who think they can do whatever they want to them without any repercusions so, after not getting any help from the institutions and those in a position of power that are suppose to provide justice for them, they decide to take matter in their own hands. With several enraging scenes I think the one that really made my blood boil was the one in the dean's office. So disgusting! Halfway through there was a twist that, even though I called it despite the red-herrings thrown around, it served to tie both characters lines perfectly. Dark and twisted tale of revenge, cleverly written, with some dark humor thrown around, that will make you root for a killer cause, even though you know it's wrong, it feels so right. If you like your books with strong female characters taking no nonsense, this is the one for you.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Katie B

    I'm impressed the author managed to come up with a dark and disturbing story but one that also was fun to read. You almost feel guilty for eagerly wanting to see everything unfold. Highly recommend this book for fans of Dexter. Scarlett Clark is an English professor at Gorman University. She also is a murderer. If a man commits sexual assault but gets away with it, Scarlett makes sure he pays... with his life. But she has a bit of a problem on her hands as now a formal investigation is underway i I'm impressed the author managed to come up with a dark and disturbing story but one that also was fun to read. You almost feel guilty for eagerly wanting to see everything unfold. Highly recommend this book for fans of Dexter. Scarlett Clark is an English professor at Gorman University. She also is a murderer. If a man commits sexual assault but gets away with it, Scarlett makes sure he pays... with his life. But she has a bit of a problem on her hands as now a formal investigation is underway into all those mysterious campus deaths. Carly Schiller is a freshman at Gorman. Growing up in an emotionally abusive household might be part of the reason she is a bit of a loner. Her roommate Allison encourages Carly to go out more and the two strike up a friendship. What I loved most about this book is it had a good "why didn't I see that coming?" type of moment. Kudos to the author as I always enjoy being caught off guard. I also liked how the chapters alternated between Scarlett and Carly as it led to a nice pace for the story. I do have some mixed feelings about the ending. While it was better than what many authors might have come up with, it also felt convenient. There's a ton of action in those final chapters but yet it didn't really wow me. And because I was feeling a bit disappointed, the climatic scenes didn't pack much of a punch. Not a bad ending, but not awesome either. Overall though this is a story worth checking out if you like the genre. I'm definitely interested in reading other books by this author. I won a free copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. All thoughts expressed are my honest opinion.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Oscar

    tw: rape, physical and sexual assault, victim blaming "They never see the murder in my eyes." Basically, the story is told into two perspectives (again, duh.), Dr. Scarlett Clarke and Carly Schiller. Scarlett seems like this Anne Hathaway's Catwoman; appears to be this your ordinary English professor at Gorman University but in reality she is a serial killer. She is insatiable in killing men, both faculty and student, who are to be believed as rapists, wife beaters, etc etc. For 16 yea tw: rape, physical and sexual assault, victim blaming "They never see the murder in my eyes." Basically, the story is told into two perspectives (again, duh.), Dr. Scarlett Clarke and Carly Schiller. Scarlett seems like this Anne Hathaway's Catwoman; appears to be this your ordinary English professor at Gorman University but in reality she is a serial killer. She is insatiable in killing men, both faculty and student, who are to be believed as rapists, wife beaters, etc etc. For 16 years, she has gotten away from murder until something happened. On the other hand, we have Carly Schiller, the shy awkward freshman in the said university. Everything is fun and light to her as she embraces her college life until something happened... "No way. Only someone with serious mental problems could write something like that." "Yeah?" My fist closes around the pages. "Well, only someone with massive daddy issues could write the shit you do, Mallory." Her mouth snaps shut, eyes already filling with tears. Three books comes into mind when I started reading this: Samantha Downing's My Lovely Wife, Megan Goldin's The Night Swim and Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl. Man, I was so excited to read this and then it turned out to be an 'okay' read for me. The downside, as for me, would be the alternating point of views of Scarlett and Carly. Usually, I don't really mind reading a story with multiple perspectives but for some reason I did mind in this one. I wasn't really full blown drawn into any of them despite their own tragedies that they carry. Also, there was this clear imbalance between them with respect to thrill, suspense and mystery. For the earlier half I was leaning more into Scarlett and how her mind works, but hers just feels so tiring and repetitive. And then the romance kicked in and I was like 'Eh. Do we really need this? In the middle of all of these?' For Carly's, there was indeed a struggle in the beginning. Her earlier chapters felt more YA-ish to me. I only got invested in it when something sinister happened. "It's exhausting, being in my head. I wish I could stop thinking. I wish I could be like everyone else." There was this one twist I wish and hope the author handled differently. I'm not mad about it because it made me gasp I just knew and I liked to be proven right. My concern is that after learning it, everything seems to clicked in already. Everything made sense. All the pieces of the puzzle started to put themselves together in my head. It eliminated this good potential plot twist that would make me more invested in the story. "You're a psychotic bitch!" My mouth curves up in a smile. "Yes, I am." On a positive note, Layne Fargo's writing style was very easy to fly through. Very direct and no words over describing things. As a reader you could just feel the emotions, the anger and the hopelessness of our characters. Some parts of this novel made my skin crawl and I'm not talking about the killings. Overall again this is an okay read for me. It was interesting all through out. My mind was reeling on how all of these will turn out in the end. I think I would love this more only maybe if there's a little bit heart into it and not just this repetitive cycle of vengeance. As of Scarlett's motives of course, you can never extinguish a fire with another fire but the satisfaction in my lips were very hard to remove.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Frank Phillips

    Heck yes, Fargo!!! That is how you write a thriller! You have completely redeemed yourself in my book, after I very much so disliked your debut novel, Temper. This read was like night and day for me from Temper - I struggled through it, and eventually gave up and DNF'd it at about 90% complete, while I was completely absorbed in this novel, and couldn't get enough of it. I ate this up like my favorite dessert in the world, tiramisu, and I wanted seconds - I need to know how this story continues, Heck yes, Fargo!!! That is how you write a thriller! You have completely redeemed yourself in my book, after I very much so disliked your debut novel, Temper. This read was like night and day for me from Temper - I struggled through it, and eventually gave up and DNF'd it at about 90% complete, while I was completely absorbed in this novel, and couldn't get enough of it. I ate this up like my favorite dessert in the world, tiramisu, and I wanted seconds - I need to know how this story continues, as it was left very open-ended, almost as though it might even have a sequel, kind of like Caroline Kepnes's You & Hidden Bodies. Who doesn't enjoy an evil, yet likable narrator? I know I do, and most likely always will. Fargo executes this trope in excellent fashion, jumping from past back to the present. There was a decent twist about half-way through this tale that I should have seen, yet found shocking, and the rest of the story was told in such a fast pace I could barely recover before it was over! This second novel is proof to me that you cannot judge an author completely on their debut, and it's worth investing a couple reads into an author before giving them a pass, or in this case, becoming a HUGE fan! I cannot wait to see what kind of delectable tail Fargo will publish next!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Woodward

    *Many thanks to Edelweiss, Gallery/Scout, and Layne Fargo for a DRC in exchange for an honest review! Now available as of 10.13.20!* Devious, sinister, and COMPLETELY breathtaking! Scarlett Clark is not simply your average fiery-haired, sharp-witted English professor. Coupled with this persona, Scarlett's true passion is dispensing justice to the men who truly 'deserve it'. And how does she accomplish this vigilante justice? She meticulously plots, plans, and commits their murders, of course! And *Many thanks to Edelweiss, Gallery/Scout, and Layne Fargo for a DRC in exchange for an honest review! Now available as of 10.13.20!* Devious, sinister, and COMPLETELY breathtaking! Scarlett Clark is not simply your average fiery-haired, sharp-witted English professor. Coupled with this persona, Scarlett's true passion is dispensing justice to the men who truly 'deserve it'. And how does she accomplish this vigilante justice? She meticulously plots, plans, and commits their murders, of course! And Scarlett's fiendish plans all have a common goal: to rid the world of men who just won't listen, and who just can't say no. Beginning with her small campus community, Scarlett finds example after nauseating example of men who can't respect the word 'no'...or who just can't respect the power of a woman, period. When she sets her sights on a fellow professor, however, can she keep her murderous exploits under wraps, while still saving her fellow females from the men brimming with toxic masculinity? Meanwhile, we are introduced to awkward freshman Carly, new at Gorman and aching to find a place for herself in a new community, far from the drama between her parents at home. She is immediately enchanted by her lovely roommate Allison, who imbues her with the confidence to begin to explore her sexuality. The two form a deepening connection and after Allison reveals to Carly that she is bisexual, Carly's feelings begin to blossom. However, her jealousy flares as she realizes that Allison's eyes are focused on the wrong sort of guy--which comes to fruition at a party where Allison is the unwitting victim of sexual assault. Carly is enraged and desperate to make the perpetrator pay...but how will she find a way to not just ask for, but DEMAND the justice she craves? I went into this book with incredibly high expectations...and they were blown to ABSOLUTE smithereens! Scarlett was a captivating and deliciously dangerous narrator from page one. I felt her rage coursing through my veins and was as eager for her to commit the murders as she was to get away with them! Which completely speaks to Fargo's ability to throw you into the mind of a psychopath and to make their train of thought seem not only plausible, but actually practical! This is the sort of stunning page-turner I wish every thriller was---explosive and still quiet, and just BEYOND clever. The first twist hits at about 40% and it is shocking, surprising, and so intelligently done I was still reeling, pages later. While I was still frantically reading, I kept coming back to execution (of the story in this case) mentally and I just could not get over how beautifully Fargo pulled off the twist...and that is only the FIRST twist! From that point on, particularly, I was completely hooked, utterly, engrossed, and fighting for every last second of free time I could squeeze out of my day so I could just get through one more chapter! Trust me when I say this would be the PERFECT book for a cold autumn night, a glass (or maybe a bottle) of fantastic wine, and perhaps a sinister fire crackling in the hearth for atmosphere. You won't need these added elements, because this book is that much of an atmospheric experience in and of itself, but will only make it better. This is one of those books I wish I could unread just so I could experience it again for the first time. I would give this book 10 stars if I could, and considering we are now far more than halfway through the year, that this book will undoubtedly be on the top ten of my list for 2020's best thrillers. Fargo is beyond brilliant, and has hit it out of the park with this one! 5 ⭐️

  24. 5 out of 5

    DeAnn

    This one is now available and highly recommended!! 5 Wicked Revenge Stars This was a fast-paced tale that kept my interest throughout! We meet Dr. Scarlett Clark, an English professor at a small college. She’s got a big secret – she targets men that she feels deserve to die, mostly for crimes against women, and then she carefully takes care of business! For years, she’s evaded any sort of punishment, but will she take things too far this time? There’s another storyline with a freshman college stude This one is now available and highly recommended!! 5 Wicked Revenge Stars This was a fast-paced tale that kept my interest throughout! We meet Dr. Scarlett Clark, an English professor at a small college. She’s got a big secret – she targets men that she feels deserve to die, mostly for crimes against women, and then she carefully takes care of business! For years, she’s evaded any sort of punishment, but will she take things too far this time? There’s another storyline with a freshman college student Carly and she’s trying to navigate her first year of college at Gorman. She’s excited to be away from her parents, but her roommate Allison seems a bit too perfect. Soon Allison has drawn her into the theater crowd and things get very interesting! This one has a dynamite conclusion that did not go down the way I expected! I thought this one was well-written and I would definitely seek out other books by this author. I highly recommend this one. Thank you to Layne Fargo, NetGalley, and Gallery/Scout Press for an early copy of this one to read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Five Star Learning Curve Some men just don’t get it. Some don’t want to. These men aren’t aware until it’s too late that a permanent tutorial will be administered because of their continued misdeeds against women. Taught by Professor Scarlett Clark, only the misogynistic and vile are recipients of her special lessons and they don’t live long enough to pass along their newly acquired knowledge. Being cunning, devious, and working the long game has kept Scarlett from being uncovered for who she is: a Five Star Learning Curve Some men just don’t get it. Some don’t want to. These men aren’t aware until it’s too late that a permanent tutorial will be administered because of their continued misdeeds against women. Taught by Professor Scarlett Clark, only the misogynistic and vile are recipients of her special lessons and they don’t live long enough to pass along their newly acquired knowledge. Being cunning, devious, and working the long game has kept Scarlett from being uncovered for who she is: a psychopathic serial killer. Whether she can continue to get away with it is the question. I loved this book! If you like bold, smart, and crafty women, this has a trio to cheer for and I was rooting for all three. What can I say - I liked Scarlett - murderer that she was. The unique premise of a female violent killer as opposed to a male (as is the norm) was appreciated. Heads up for sexuality. Some don’t like to mix their thrillers with sex so I thought I’d mention it. Thank you to Edelweiss, Simon and Schuster, and Layne Fargo for my advance review copy.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kendall

    Wohoooooo HOT DAMN another hit for my girl Layne Fargo!! Another sexy, dark, twisted, and addicting thriller that Fargo has written. With having read Temper last year and absolutely loved it, I knew They Never Learn would be another success and Layne NEVER disappoints my friends. If you've never read a book by her, what in the actual hell have you been doing your whole life?! Haha oh my Scarlett.. how much fun I had with you. Let me introduce you to Scarlett my friends... she is an English teacher Wohoooooo HOT DAMN another hit for my girl Layne Fargo!! Another sexy, dark, twisted, and addicting thriller that Fargo has written. With having read Temper last year and absolutely loved it, I knew They Never Learn would be another success and Layne NEVER disappoints my friends. If you've never read a book by her, what in the actual hell have you been doing your whole life?! Haha oh my Scarlett.. how much fun I had with you. Let me introduce you to Scarlett my friends... she is an English teacher that hunts her male prey out and goes for the kill. These men aren't just any men... they have done horrific acts and well.. let's just say that they deserve it ;). Scarlett is one cold and calculating strong ass dark woman. She by far was my favorite character in the book. "Killing a man is so much more satisfying than fucking a man could ever be." Come join the train of They Never Learn and let me tell you Layne will take you for one hell of a ride. 5 glorious stars!! Huge thank you to Layne and Gallery for my arc in exchange for an honest review. Pub date: 10/13/20 Published to GR: 9/3/20

  27. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    Happy Publication Day to one of my favorite thrillers this year! Available now. Wow, this was an awesome read. In the beginning I thought this was gonna be a solid, four star type read. I am definitely here for a Professor Lady Dexter who brings rapists to justice. (Not a spoiler - this is how the book STARTS!) Then there was also a female antagonist (who would normally be the protagonist, were I inclined to want our friend the professor caught), a male lover who might have a little more going on Happy Publication Day to one of my favorite thrillers this year! Available now. Wow, this was an awesome read. In the beginning I thought this was gonna be a solid, four star type read. I am definitely here for a Professor Lady Dexter who brings rapists to justice. (Not a spoiler - this is how the book STARTS!) Then there was also a female antagonist (who would normally be the protagonist, were I inclined to want our friend the professor caught), a male lover who might have a little more going on than meets the eye, and an alternate narrator who is a nice girl just trying to get through her first year of college. But then came the first of many awesome twists which made this book way more special than I was expecting from this genre thriller. The book has some legitimately shocking surprises and twists that are so well-executed and surprising without being unfair to the reader. This book has a little something to say about sexual harassment but it does it in a really entertaining, scary and gripping way. Most of all though this book is entertaining as hell. Tons of twists, but none are wrong for the story or forced. I could not have predicted the ending and I LOVED it. A perfect feminist suspense novel and revenge thrill ride for the #MeToo era. Also, Fargo is adapting this for TV. So get onboard and read the book because soon this is gonna be an even better “You” with an even more interesting narrator. (Apologies to Joe. Still love ya, Joe, but Scarlett would take you DOWN.) Thanks to NetGalley, Layne Fargo and Simon and Schuster for the early copy of this awesome book, one of my favorite thrillers of the year. I also really enjoyed Temper, but I think this one is going to be Fargo’s breakthrough hit.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    I am immensely grateful to the bookish community (Jayme, I’m looking at you in particular) for sending this book recommendation my way, because this was exactly the type of book I love: a story about a kick-ass, unscrupulous woman character seeking her own kind of justice – or revenge? Borderline sociopathic, fearless, intelligent and driven, this type of character will steer you through the rough seas of a wonderfully twisted tale, and it delivered all that and more. If you love twisted, kick-as I am immensely grateful to the bookish community (Jayme, I’m looking at you in particular) for sending this book recommendation my way, because this was exactly the type of book I love: a story about a kick-ass, unscrupulous woman character seeking her own kind of justice – or revenge? Borderline sociopathic, fearless, intelligent and driven, this type of character will steer you through the rough seas of a wonderfully twisted tale, and it delivered all that and more. If you love twisted, kick-ass women characters like Lily out of THE KIND WORTH KILLING, Jane from JANE DOE or Zoey out of THE RED HUNTER, then you will feel immediately drawn to Scarlett Clark, an English professor with a deep dark secret she isn’t afraid to share with her readers. Just make sure you buckle up for the ride she is about to take you on! I am hoping that it says more about Fargo’s skill as a writer than my own suppressed psychopathic tendencies that I was on Scarlett’s side the whole time and was hoping she would get away with the special brand of justice she is doling out. Does it take a certain lack of moral fibre to root for such an obviously disturbed character? Or is it the exact opposite, that the kind of tale Scarlett tells awakens our inner craving for justice? Justice, or revenge? This would make for a great debate with a reading group! But let’s not get too deep here. THEY NEVER LEARN was a compulsive dark tale from beginning to end and had me totally in its grip. It’s cleverly constructed, rolling out in two seemingly unrelated narratives that seamlessly come together somewhere near the middle of the book, at which point you may sigh, as I did: “Ah, yes, I can see it now!” I appreciated the way the author fearlessly presents her twisted main character, unapologetic for the rising body count, and quickly gets her readers on her side. Scarlett is the type of successful, intelligent woman many of us may aspire to be, except for – oops – she is also a serial killer. And not ashamed to admit it. But does that make her any less likeable – no, Sir! And, Sir, you may do well to stay on her good side! Was I scared of her? Hell, yes! But if you have ever witnessed the slow grindings of the justice system, especially for vulnerable women, then you may also feel a small satisfactory glow at her own brand of justice. My only small quibble was that Carly’s story could have been trimmed a little bit in parts to make the otherwise fast paced story flow a bit better. I admit that at times I was much more invested in Scarlett’s story than Carly’s, especially after the cliffhangers in Scarlett’s later chapters that had me reading the whole book in one massive sitting. Will Scarlett get away with her latest murder? Did I want her to – yes, yes, yes I did! Don’t judge me too harshly though, because once in Scarlett’s world, you may feel exactly the same. All in all, THEY NEVER LEARN was the type of compulsive, twisted, entertaining tale that doesn’t come around very often. Fast paced and led by a strong female lead, it gripped me after the first page and didn’t let up until I had finished it. With its atmospheric boarding college setting and characters that all elicited a strong emotional response, I was totally swept away on one heck of a journey. Thank you to Edelweiss and Gallery / Scout Press for the free electronic copy of this novel and for giving me the opportunity to provide an honest review. *blog* *facebook* *instagram*

  29. 5 out of 5

    Susan Z

    If you like crazy, dark and twisted, then this is the book for you. Usually I am not one of those fans. UNTIL NOW! What a book! Scarlett is a professor at Gorman College, but also has a unique side job. She is a serial killer with the sole purpose to rid the world of awful men. Let's just say she has definitely honed her craft. Carly is an incoming freshman, an extremely bright girl who has lived a sheltered life. Until she meets her beautiful confident roommate Allison. With Allison by her side, If you like crazy, dark and twisted, then this is the book for you. Usually I am not one of those fans. UNTIL NOW! What a book! Scarlett is a professor at Gorman College, but also has a unique side job. She is a serial killer with the sole purpose to rid the world of awful men. Let's just say she has definitely honed her craft. Carly is an incoming freshman, an extremely bright girl who has lived a sheltered life. Until she meets her beautiful confident roommate Allison. With Allison by her side, her world expands more than she could have ever imagined. This book flies, with short chapters alternating between Scarlett and Carly The two separate storylines leaves the reader wondering how they will interact. There are moments in this book that left we dumbstruck, mouth agape and in awe of the expert execution. This is one wild ride. The writing is excellent. The author weaves a fantastic tale that draws you into the dark mind of Scarlett. You actually cheer for her as she rids the world of vile men. You ache for Carly, her awkwardness, her quest to fit in. This is a book consumes you. Thank you Gallery Books and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Olive Fellows (abookolive)

    NO. Edit: Okay, I’ve had a little time to process my feelings and let my blood pressure come down, so I’ll expand. This book has two POV characters who are connected by the same university. The fictional Gorman University is located somewhere in Western Pennsylvania (there were some Pittsburgh references, which was pretty much the only thing I liked about this book). Carly is a freshman at Gorman and begins getting incredibly close to her roommate. The other character, Scarlett Clark is a professo NO. Edit: Okay, I’ve had a little time to process my feelings and let my blood pressure come down, so I’ll expand. This book has two POV characters who are connected by the same university. The fictional Gorman University is located somewhere in Western Pennsylvania (there were some Pittsburgh references, which was pretty much the only thing I liked about this book). Carly is a freshman at Gorman and begins getting incredibly close to her roommate. The other character, Scarlett Clark is a professor at this college and in the opening scene, we see her do what she’s been apparently doing for a long time: killing a man and taking joy in watching him die. Scarlett is a predator who kills other predators. When she hears about a man (and it’s always exclusively men that she targets) doing something truly awful and getting away with it, she takes matters into her own hands. She’s done this with a number of men in the past; to avoid being caught, she never duplicates her method, using something fresh each time, and always attempts to disguise the killings as suicides. When she kills her latest victim - the man who dies in the first scene of the book - however, it draws unwanted attention. People start to catch on that there have been a LOT of suicides in recent years and maybe the administration should start to look into it. This is not great news for Scarlett, especially because she already has her eyes on her next victim - the big kahuna of the English department who treats her like complete crap. The investigation into the suicides is going to be a uh...factor in her planning. So that’s the lay of the land. Let’s talk about my issues. First things first, there is no meaningful tension in the way the book is written. The opening scene (where the main character commits her latest murder) should be filled with tension and language suggesting the slow, creeping, predatory nature of the main character. But it reads in such a mundane way that Scarlett may as well have been doing her laundry. Now onto my biggest issue (spoilers ahead):(view spoiler)[ By the end of the book, Scarlett is applauded for her actions instead of condemned. Let me say this, I hated the way Breaking Bad ended. Walt gets to go out on HIS terms when, by the end of the show, he’s gone far beyond trying to provide for his family and has actually become the villain? It was fan service at best, monster worship at worst. And that’s what’s going on in this book. I do. not. care. whether these men are the worst men on the planet Earth. Committing murder is wrong. Serial killers are evil, regardless of their motives. Giving a serial killing a happy ending - and one in which they keep on killing and get the approval of the person they love? Despicable. If I got even a WHIFF of satire in the whole thing, I’d be on board with this book. If I thought it was a criticism of the idea that two wrongs make a right, I’d be giving this book a standing ovation. But it’s so, so clearly not that. You shouldn’t murder people. Nor should you be made to feel- by fourth rate fiction- that you should admire a murder. Didn’t think I’d need to type that - ever - but, here we are. (hide spoiler)]

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