Did you love the Showtime show Dexter? If the answer is yes than you’ll love Layne Fargo’s newest release, They Never Learn.
Told through a dual POV, this is the story of one literature professor who get’s justice against the men on the Gorman University campus. These men aren’t saints though, they deserve it, at least in the mind of Scarlett they do. Scarlett is a killer. While she teachers English during the day, she stalks and hunts her prey at night. Some might consider her a sociopath, but is she really a vigilante since all her targets are men sexual assault, rape, and even beating their significant others. Honestly, while she scares me, I’m leaning more towards vigilante in this case. Scarlett’s rage can be felt through the pages, and well I don’t disagree. I mean I’m not about to murder anyone, but the depictions of college boys getting away with sexual assault because Universities care more for their reputation than a college girl’s mental and physical well-being isn’t exactly a stretch.
On the other hand we have Carly Schiller, who is a student at Gorman. When her roommate Allie is assaulted, Carly’s rage starts to turn her from a meek introvert into someone out who will fight for justice. Raised with a manipulative father, Carly already has a bone to pick with men, and Allie’s incident might just put her over the edge.
This book is a page turner and I read it in a night since I could not put it down. It’s dark, it’s twisted, and the characters are so vivid, I felt that I was actually in the story. While this book may be a bit dark, there is definitely some good humor within the pages. Fargo has really mastered the art of snarky humor and I am here for it! I also loved that while the killings were the big plot of the story, we meet some really exceptional women throughout the story. I’m just excited to read a story about women promoting women. All the women in this story are pretty badass and have no problem not letting anyone get in their way.
If this thriller isn’t on your radar, well it should be. This was a ★★★★★ read for me and it’s out now out and you can pick it up HERE!
Spells for Forgetting comes out September 6, 2022! Huge thank you to Delacorte Press for my advanced copy in exchange for my honest opinion. If you liked this review please let me know either by commenting below or by visiting my instagram @speakingof_books.
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