Full Pour Review: They Never Learn

Okay, so… I really fucking LOVED this book. This is another one that I’ve been sitting on for months despite the amazing reviews I’ve read for it and I like to think that maybe I just needed to be in the right mood for it. Before picking this up, I was craving something bold, dark, entertaining and thrilling with powerful, unforgettable characters. They Never Learn by Layne Fargo easily delivered all of that and more.

BOOK DESCRIPTION: “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.”

First, I want to talk about how amazing all of the characters were. Every single one of the characters we were introduced to in this book fit absolutely perfectly into the story and had the perfect amount of depth for their role. To say I’m obsessed with Scarlett would be an understatement. She is a badass feminist serial killer who has a secret life of stalking and killing men who are known for sexually assaulting women. If I’m being honest, what is there to not love about that?

Second, I thoroughly enjoyed that this story was told in past and present dual perspectives. In addition to these perspectives being detailed and immersive, they made for an even more intriguing and suspenseful read that allowed us to really get to know some of our characters on a deeper level.

Hands down, They Never Learn is the best psychological thriller I have read this year and I know I’ll be thinking about it for a long time. I truly cannot recommend this one enough 🙌🏻

BEER RECOMMENDATION: They Never Learn by Layne Fargo is best paired with I’ll Have What She’s Having by Evil Genius Beer. This delicious imperial stout is made with hazelnut and chocolate and tastes like a Nutella dessert stout 🍻

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