Temper by Layne FargoTemper by Layne Fargo


byLayne Fargo

Hardcover | July 2, 2019

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For fans of the high-stakes tension of the New York Times bestsellers Luckiest Girl Alive and The Lying Game, a razor-sharp page-turner about female ambition and what happens when fake violence draws real blood…

After years of struggling in the Chicago theater scene, ambitious actress Kira Rascher finally lands the role of a lifetime. The catch? Starring in Temper means working with Malcolm Mercer, a mercurial director who’s known for pushing his performers past their limits—onstage and off.

Kira’s convinced she can handle Malcolm, but the theater’s cofounder Joanna Cuyler is another story. Joanna sees Kira as a threat—to her own thwarted artistic aspirations, her twisted relationship with Malcolm, and the shocking secret she’s keeping about the upcoming production. But as opening night draws near, Kira and Joanna both start to realize that Malcolm’s dangerous extremes are nothing compared to what they're capable of themselves.

An edgy, addictive, and fiendishly clever tale of ambition, deceit, and power, Temper is a timely, heart-in-your-throat psychological thriller that will leave you breathless.
Title:TemperFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:July 2, 2019Publisher:Gallery/Scout PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1982106727

ISBN - 13:9781982106720


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Badness at its best Thank you to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster and Ms. Layne Fargo for the opportunity to read this Advanced Readers Copy of "Temper". The stage is set with a small cast of intriguing characters. Our author takes us on an intense journey of betrayals, dramatic sexual tensions and deep dark thoughts throughout the creation of a theater play called "Temper". Told from the 2 female lead characters viewpoints. "Joanna" and "Kira" are strong female characters with many secrets and agendas to reveal... the twists and turns keep coming as tempers build and we are kept on edge until the final curtain call. This is a badass story with an exciting behind the scenes peek at theatre productions. 4 stars #Temper #NetGalley #mysterythriller
Date published: 2019-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tense and ominous building to an explosive ending Short chapters and alternating perspectives make this fast paced and easy to read in a sitting or two. The tension slowly but constantly built and the overall tone was ominous and foreboding. I knew that something explosive was going to happen and was just waiting for it to detonate. I have to say that I did predict what would happen pretty early on but it didn’t impede my enjoyment of the build up at all. If anything it made me even more eager to get to the finale which felt inevitable. I’d like to be a better person but I’m apparently terrible and I got the ending I anticipated and had hoped for. It may have been predictable but it was oh so satisfying! The characters are for the most part awful people, to the point that I didn’t feel bad when horrible things happened to them. This is the kind of book where you have to embrace all the worst impulses in yourself and just let your evil freak flag fly. Enjoy the nastiness, revel in the manipulation, and embrace the betrayals. This is like watching one of those old day time talk shows that always ended in name calling and some sort of physical fight. You just keep eating your popcorn and are thankful that particular mess isn’t your life. The same kind of voyeuristic urge is satisfied by “Temper” although in a much more refined and highbrow way. If you find the misery and anguish of others amusing then this book is for you. I generally do not enjoy this intense level of schadenfreude but for some reason this book drew me into its smothering embrace and wouldn’t let me go. After a while I didn’t want to be let go. This psychological tale reveals just as much about the reader as it does about the characters and you might not like what you see reflected back at you. Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada and Gallery/Scout Press for providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review.
Date published: 2019-06-23

Editorial Reviews

"Fargo maintains a scalpel-like control over her characters, even when they themselves are out of control.”