A Step Past Darkness (Original)

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$30.00  $27.90
Park Row
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6.37 X 9.24 X 1.11 inches | 1.22 pounds

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About the Author
Vera Kurian is a writer and scientist. Her short fiction has been published in magazines such as Glimmer Train, Day One and The Pinch. She's lived in DC for most of her adult life and has a PhD in social psychology. Never Saw Me Coming is her first novel.
One of Elle's Best (and Most Anticipated) Mystery and Thriller Books of 2024

A Most Anticipated Crime Fiction Read of the Year: CrimeReads, Criminal Element, BookRiot, The Real Book Spy

"A Step Past Darkness threads genres and characters and twists into an intricate, absorbing web." -Elle

"A Step Past Darkness is a tour de force of genre blending that delivers everything you could want in a novel: a mind-bending mystery, a charming team of ragtag outcasts, a romance to root for, a brilliant sendup of small-town politics and prejudices, and even a mine pulsing with dark magic. This book is fearless, unbound by space or time and willing to break rules and tackle hard, important questions. It will blow every expectation readers have out of the water (and I can't wait to watch). Utterly gripping and original."
- Ashley Winstead, author of Midnight Is the Darkest Hour

"Through flashbacks and the gang's emotionally powerful reunion, Kurian draws readers in, invoking strong Goonies vibes. Here, as in her debut, Never Saw Me Coming, Kurian creates unforgettable characters, breathless suspense, and original plotting. A must-read for fans of C. J. Tudor and Jennifer McMahon." --Booklist, starred review

"Kurian is back with another crackerjack premise." --CrimeReads

"A great psychological thriller, with well-written characters, a story that fills in all the gaps, with then and now....This is one you will want to keep reading." --Red Carpet Crash

"Done with panache and wit. I devoured this riveting book through a day of travel -- in a taxi, at the T.S.A. checkpoint, 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 Book Review

"This bar-raising debut exposes the gray areas in an often misunderstood disorder and defies readers to root against psychopathic antiheroes. Kurian's highly anticipated thriller will undoubtedly lead fans of Gone Girl, Jeff Lindsay's Dexter series, and Patricia Highsmith's Tom Ripley novels to hope for Chloe's return." - Booklist, Starred Review

"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, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Stick a bunch of devious psychopaths together and what could possibly go wrong? Find out in Never Saw Me Coming, a completely original, clever whodunit from a talented new arrival to the world of psychological suspense. Vera Kurian is one to watch!" - Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Other Mrs.

"[A] razor-sharp, clever-as-can-be whodunit in which absolutely no one can be trusted." - Newsweek

"Fun, entertaining, and hard to put down, a twisty whodunit with a satisfying conclusion." - New York Journal of Books

"Utterly gripping." - The Sunday Telegraph

"Clever... prepare to buckle your seatbelt." - Mystery Scene Magazine

"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, New York Times bestselling author of The Shape of Night

"An audacious, break-the-mould thriller from a new voice." - Red Magazine

"Extraordinarily entertaining... yoga pants noir." - CrimeReads

"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. Perfect for fans of Caroline Kepnes and CJ Skuse." - Erin Kelly, bestselling author of Broadchurch, a novelization of the award-winning TV show