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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 bod
Hardcover, 378 pages
Published October 13th 2020 by Gallery/Scout Press
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Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Holy crap...what in the actual hell did I just read? No, really?! WOW. This was a page turner that is for sure! If you like edgy, dark and twisted with a bit of snarky humor- here you go!

Scarlett is a killer. In fact she has been killing for the past 16 years. She has it down to a science. She has never been questioned and certainly never caught. What the heck is her secret? Okay guys Scarlett only picks dudes that deserve it...well in her mind. Vigilante or sociopath? I am going to go with soci
Scarlett Clark, a Gorman University English professor, is good at everything she does. Cool, confident, planning everything down to the letter, rarely a misstep, there is nothing that she can't do, when she puts her mind to it. That includes murdering men who she deems deserving of a well planned and fitting death. She's killed many men over the years and she's planning her biggest and most personal kill of all just as her school is looking into all the suicides that have taken place over the ye ...more
Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)
“He wasn’t afraid of me…That was his first mistake.”

They Never Learn is a dark and devious psychological thriller about a female professor who murders men who have committed unspeakable acts of abuse against women.

Two women at Gorman University, one a student, the other a professor, are united in bringing down the perpetrators of sexual assault.

Carly is a shy and awkward, college freshman. She is scared to open up and let people know the real her. Struggling to fit in, while at the same time t
Nilufer Ozmekik
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well, this is How to Get Away with murder meets Unbelievable waltz with a little “13 reasons why” and we have kickass punisher/vigilante/ #metoo movement follower English professor Scarlett Clark: reminds us of Black Widow (she didn’t get married but the men should beware! Because she is ready to bring justice to the bullies, rapists, stalkers, weirdos!), a good kind of serial-punisher! Don’t worry, she doesn’t choose students to commit murders for her like Annalise Keating had done and help the ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
Hear ye, hear ye! This is my second novel by Layne Fargo and I think I've found a literary soul mate in her. It's so refreshing to find an author who isn't afraid to "go there", if you know what I mean. The premise behind They Never Learn is a modern classic; feminist serial killing told in a thrilling manner. The beauty of this story is that we know who is doing the killing at the beginning of the book, but we don't truly know what led her to it until the plot unravels in the second half. I thi ...more
Holy shit I loved this. This book screams 'I Did Something Bad' by Taylor Swift, I've never read a book that gives off the same exact vibes of that song until I read this book. The writing is absolutely captivating and I loved the characters too.

I think it's best to go into this book knowing little to nothing, as I did but if you need to know more, here's a general description of what this book is about: we follow a woman named Scarlett, who is an English professor at a college, and she's also a
A dark and twisted psychological thriller, about two women who enjoy giving bad men what they deserve...

Scarlett is an English professor at Gormon University. She is also a serial killer, a vigilante doling out punishment to the rapists and the abusers of the world. Her life is fine, until the university starts looking into the er..large body count on campus! Anxious and enraged, she loses control with her latest victim and puts everything at risk.
Carly, a first year student at Gormon, begins an
I knew by the 10% point that this would be a 5 star book for me!

So, let's set the mood, so you can settle in for this "unputdownable" read!

First, pour yourself a glass of ruby colored wine...🍷

Then, get on YouTube and listen to the Karen Kamon song "Manhunt" from the classic 1983 film "Flashdance"-particularly the chorus...

(if you don't already have the words memorized, as I do....)😳

" I'm goin on a manhunt, turn it around
Women have been hunted, now they're huntin' around
Manhunt, we all got the ne
Kelli Wilson

A female vigilante serial killer. One who makes her own final justice on behalf of women that have been abused, assaulted and raped. She's gotten away with killing bad men for over a decade! Until now, as she makes a rash decision and comes as close as she's ever been to being caught.

Absolutely loved this revenge filled story with a strong confident female lead. It was compelling, intelligent and well written. The story telling was excellent and used 2 alternating POV
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
⭐ 4 𝙏𝙚𝙖𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙧'𝙨 𝙋𝙚𝙩 𝙎𝙩𝙖𝙧𝙨! ⭐

Sometimes I see reviews where people say they are wary of books that are rated high but I find I'm the opposite way. When I see a lot of readers rave about a book, I get extra excited to try it. I figure 𝘚𝘰 𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘯'𝘵 𝘣𝘦 𝘸𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘨, 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺?

That's what happened here. I put my trust in others and ended up enjoying this book that I never would have picked up on my own.

What I liked most about They Never Learn - besides the clever title and twist that totally surprised
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
Academic life may be more dangerous than you think!

Scarlett is an English professor. With an interesting little job on the side, or should I say extra-curricular activity. Seems the good professor has an appetite for seeking revenge against men who hurt the women in their lives. And so far, she’s gotten away with it. But after her latest performance her luck may be changing.

Carly is a freshman at the same University. And guess what? English just happens to be her major too. She’s watched helples
Michael David
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
HAPPY PUPLICATION DAY to one of my favorite thrillers of the year!

“A smile spreads across my lips, even colder than the snow.

You’re next, motherf***er.”

I couldn’t help but hoot as I read this line in the EXCELLENT, unputdownable murder thriller THEY NEVER LEARN.

Scarlett is a college professor who kills men at the University she teaches who, in her mind, deserve it for doing terrible things to women. Everything is fine until her latest kill spins wildly out of control and causes more p
Larry H
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Whoa. Just whoa.

I’ve seen a bunch of friends raving about Layne Fargo's books, so I was excited to win a Bookstagram giveaway of her new book. And after reading it in one sitting, now I’m definitely a fan!

Scarlett is a professor at Gorman University. She’s smart, ambitious, sexy—and dangerous. Scarlett is determined to rid the university of the men who take advantage of, and hurt, women. All of her crimes are meticulously planned and no one has suspected any foul play, at least until the univers
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
"My story was fiction, but it was about how the world should be--how it would be if we could turn men's actions back on them. Made them fear us instead."

This is a purely entertaining, chilling, and thrilling far fetched look into a terrifying female psychopath seeking a twisted sense of justice and revenge against the men who get away with harming women.

Layne Fargo horrifies and entertains us here with this dark and twisted terrifying psychopath. She played on that dark and twisted side of me
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Well, well, well, what do we have here?????

Scarlett Clark is an English Professor by day and a woman who murders men who she feels deserve it by night. Just when she is preparing for her biggest kill yet, the college begins to investigate the growing number of "suicides" on campus.

Carly Schiller is trying to survive freshman year. She wants to dive into her studies but her roommate who enjoys breaking the rules has other plans. As the roommates becomes closer, Carly becomes obsessed with making
Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading
“Killing a man is so much more satisfying than fucking a man could ever be.”

Why. I don’t know if I should pity you or applaud you.

A feminist serial killer story?

Hmm, more like strike the feminist and replace it with misandrist. 👀 Granted my knowledge on these two concepts, terms, ideology or whatever is very limited, so it could be that I took this book the wrong way and was missing the point. But Idk . . .

I did not vibe with this book.

Scarlett is an English professor. She’s also a
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it

If men could learn the error of their ways, I wouldn’t have to teach so many of them a lesson.

in the wake of the #metoo movement, the bookmarket has been flooded by nonfiction accounts written by survivors of sexual assault and empowerment fiction about girls fighting back against predatory men, with or without supernatural assistance. inevitably, with trend-surges like these, some of ‘em are great, some are trite, and some get lost or overlooked in the crowd because of reader-fa
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"He wasn’t afraid of me, I write. That was his first mistake."

Yes. Yes it is. I dare any man to take advantage of Scarlett or any other women in her path because it will be the last thing you ever do.

"come on, it was sixteen fucking years ago.” There it is: the anger, the disbelief, the utter indignation that I would dare to judge him, to hold him accountable. To make him pay for what he’s done. “You have to take some responsibility too,” he says. “You knew exactly what you were doing. G
Oct 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-releases, 2020
tw: rape, physical and sexual assault, victim blaming

"They never see the murder in my eyes."

Basically, the story is told into two perspectives (again, duh.), Dr. Scarlett Clarke and Carly Schiller.
Scarlett seems like this Anne Hathaway's Catwoman; appears to be this your ordinary English professor at Gorman University but in reality she is a serial killer. She is insatiable in killing men, both faculty and student, who are to be believed as rapists, wife beaters, etc etc. For 16 yea
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"He wasn't afraid of me. That was his first mistake"

First of many, I would say...

As I sat here reflecting about "They never learn" to write this review, empathizing once again with a sociopath, I couldn't help but wonder: am I a socipath myself?


Either because of my (alledged) sociopathic tendencies or because of this current trend with stories with very well written socio characters, I enjoyed this one a lot. Yes, I know, murder and violence are not the answer, but it was so satisfaying seeing
Katie B
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm impressed the author managed to come up with a dark and disturbing story but one that also was fun to read. You almost feel guilty for eagerly wanting to see everything unfold. Highly recommend this book for fans of Dexter.

Scarlett Clark is an English professor at Gorman University. She also is a murderer. If a man commits sexual assault but gets away with it, Scarlett makes sure he pays... with his life. But she has a bit of a problem on her hands as now a formal investigation is underway i
Frank Phillips
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Heck yes, Fargo!!! That is how you write a thriller! You have completely redeemed yourself in my book, after I very much so disliked your debut novel, Temper. This read was like night and day for me from Temper - I struggled through it, and eventually gave up and DNF'd it at about 90% complete, while I was completely absorbed in this novel, and couldn't get enough of it. I ate this up like my favorite dessert in the world, tiramisu, and I wanted seconds - I need to know how this story continues, ...more
Catherine Woodward
*Many thanks to Edelweiss, Gallery/Scout, and Layne Fargo for a DRC in exchange for an honest review! Now available as of 10.13.20!*

Devious, sinister, and COMPLETELY breathtaking!

Scarlett Clark is not simply your average fiery-haired, sharp-witted English professor. Coupled with this persona, Scarlett's true passion is dispensing justice to the men who truly 'deserve it'. And how does she accomplish this vigilante justice? She meticulously plots, plans, and commits their murders, of course! And
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
This one is now available and highly recommended!!

5 Wicked Revenge Stars

This was a fast-paced tale that kept my interest throughout! We meet Dr. Scarlett Clark, an English professor at a small college. She’s got a big secret – she targets men that she feels deserve to die, mostly for crimes against women, and then she carefully takes care of business! For years, she’s evaded any sort of punishment, but will she take things too far this time?

There’s another storyline with a freshman college stude
Five Star Learning Curve

Some men just don’t get it. Some don’t want to.

These men aren’t aware until it’s too late that a permanent tutorial will be administered because of their continued misdeeds against women.

Taught by Professor Scarlett Clark, only the misogynistic and vile are recipients of her special lessons and they don’t live long enough to pass along their newly acquired knowledge.

Being cunning, devious, and working the long game has kept Scarlett from being uncovered for who she is: a
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wohoooooo HOT DAMN another hit for my girl Layne Fargo!!

Another sexy, dark, twisted, and addicting thriller that Fargo has written. With having read Temper last year and absolutely loved it, I knew They Never Learn would be another success and Layne NEVER disappoints my friends.

If you've never read a book by her, what in the actual hell have you been doing your whole life?!

Haha oh my Scarlett.. how much fun I had with you. Let me introduce you to Scarlett my friends... she is an English teacher
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Happy Publication Day to one of my favorite thrillers this year! Available now.

Wow, this was an awesome read. In the beginning I thought this was gonna be a solid, four star type read. I am definitely here for a Professor Lady Dexter who brings rapists to justice. (Not a spoiler - this is how the book STARTS!) Then there was also a female antagonist (who would normally be the protagonist, were I inclined to want our friend the professor caught), a male lover who might have a little more going on
I am immensely grateful to the bookish community (Jayme, I’m looking at you in particular) for sending this book recommendation my way, because this was exactly the type of book I love: a story about a kick-ass, unscrupulous woman character seeking her own kind of justice – or revenge? Borderline sociopathic, fearless, intelligent and driven, this type of character will steer you through the rough seas of a wonderfully twisted tale, and it delivered all that and more.

If you love twisted, kick-as
Olive Fellows (abookolive)
Oct 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: thriller

Edit: Okay, I’ve had a little time to process my feelings and let my blood pressure come down, so I’ll expand.

This book has two POV characters who are connected by the same university. The fictional Gorman University is located somewhere in Western Pennsylvania (there were some Pittsburgh references, which was pretty much the only thing I liked about this book). Carly is a freshman at Gorman and begins getting incredibly close to her roommate. The other character, Scarlett Clark is a professo
Susan Z
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you like crazy, dark and twisted, then this is the book for you. Usually I am not one of those fans. UNTIL NOW! What a book!

Scarlett is a professor at Gorman College, but also has a unique side job. She is a serial killer with the sole purpose to rid the world of awful men. Let's just say she has definitely honed her craft.

Carly is an incoming freshman, an extremely bright girl who has lived a sheltered life. Until she meets her beautiful confident roommate Allison. With Allison by her side,
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Layne Fargo is the author of the thrillers TEMPER and THEY NEVER LEARN. She's a Pitch Wars mentor, Vice President of the Chicagoland chapter of Sisters in Crime, and the cocreator of the podcast Unlikeable Female Characters. Layne lives in Chicago with her partner and their pets.


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