They Never Learn

Layne Fargo. Scout, $27 (352p) ISBN 978-1-9821-3202-6
In this searing psychological thriller from Fargo (Temper), vengeful Gorman University English professor Scarlett Clark poisons college quarterback (and alleged rapist) Tyler Elkin before posting a suicide note to his Instagram account. Scarlett has spent 16 years murdering predatory men and making their deaths appear accidental or self-inflicted. Experience suggests image-conscious Gorman will sweep Tyler’s demise under the rug, but instead Tyler’s star-athlete status spurs the Pennsylvania school to review past suicides looking for mitigatable risk factors. Scarlett knows she should lay low, but she needs to murder her lecherous department head before he claims the fellowship she covets. Meanwhile, timorous freshman Carly Schiller, who grew up in an abusive home, starts harboring violent thoughts about upperclassman Sebastian Waller after he assaults her roommate, Allison Hadley. Never mind the contrived setup and several characters lacking depth. Fargo shocks and entertains while delivering a scathing take-down of campus rape culture. Fans of Chelsea Cain will appreciate this fiercely feminist twist on serial killer fiction. Agent: Sharon Pelletier, Dystel, Goderich, & Bourett. (Oct.)
Reviewed on : 07/08/2020
Release date: 10/01/2020
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
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