Book Review: They Never Learn by Layne Fargo
This Sapphic thriller is such a refreshing take from others of its kind. In a Dexter-like fashion, we have a killer whose motive for killing is actually commendable: ridding the world of rapists and abusers of women.
Scarlett Clark, an English professor in Gorman University meticulously follows her kills for months at a time before she makes them pay for their sins: a star quarterback who watched nonchalantly as the rest of his teammates raped a drugged girl; a guy who abused his girlfriend regularly but makes sure the bruises and cuts are hidden, a professor who takes advantage of vulnerable students. For years, she's left a trail of blood with no chance of the trail ever leading back to her. But her last kill will prove to be the one that might just expose her night time proclivities.
Carly Schiller, a freshman at Gorman University looked forward to escaping her small town beginnings and the oppressive childhood she grew up in. Her father keeps a tight leash on both her and her mother. When she met her room mate Allison, she saw the possibilities of her vision -- freedom. She showed her how to let loose, to free herself from the shackles of her father's abuse and mental games. But with freedom comes the complexities of relationships, of romance, and of identity. Soon, Carly would have to either face the demons of her childhood or choose to rise above it all.
If you're a fan of avenging heroines, this book is for you.
If you're a fan of women banding together for the protection of other women, this book is for you.
If you're a fan of stories of predatory men meeting their comeuppance, this is for you.
And if you're a fan of brilliant story telling featuring suspense and smart procedural crime situations, They Never Learn is definitely for you.