Temper

Temper

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 wo...

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Author:Layne Fargo
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Temper Reviews

  • Kendall

    WOW.. this is an EPIC read for the psychological thriller genre!

    I have never experienced a plot LIKE this.

    The summary of this book doesn't even remotely come close to giving the book justice. This was sexual, HOT, and psychological manipulation at it's finest.

    This book was initially a little hard for me to get into and was a bit slow. I was thinking ok... these characters are crazy and this book is boring. But, MAN was I completely wrong. Layne Fargo you're a psychological thriller GOD.

    ONE of

    WOW.. this is an EPIC read for the psychological thriller genre!

    I have never experienced a plot LIKE this.

    The summary of this book doesn't even remotely come close to giving the book justice. This was sexual, HOT, and psychological manipulation at it's finest.

    This book was initially a little hard for me to get into and was a bit slow. I was thinking ok... these characters are crazy and this book is boring. But, MAN was I completely wrong. Layne Fargo you're a psychological thriller GOD.

    ONE of my top favorites for 2019!! What a stellar debut that you don't want to miss. I can't wait to see what Fargo has up her dark sleeve next.

    Dark, sexy, hot, sexy... did I say sexy?

    What a book!!

    4.5 stars.

    Thank you so much to Gallery/Scout Press and Netgalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review.

  • Felicia

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    WOW

    This book is a monumental achievement in the dark psychological genre.

    I have never read a book with even the slightest of plot similarities to this one.

    Honestly, the description does not do this book justice but I can understand why. That is because you cannot possibly describe the foreboding atmosphere and psychological manipulation created in this story.

    This book moves at an unhurried pace as it slowly and methodically envelops the reader in it's shadows and it is dev

    _____________________

    WOW

    This book is a monumental achievement in the dark psychological genre.

    I have never read a book with even the slightest of plot similarities to this one.

    Honestly, the description does not do this book justice but I can understand why. That is because you cannot possibly describe the foreboding atmosphere and psychological manipulation created in this story.

    This book moves at an unhurried pace as it slowly and methodically envelops the reader in it's shadows and it is devine.

    Layne Fargo is an exceptional writer that has produced an edgy, compelling and sumptuously sensual narrative. If this weren't her debut novel I would immediately start on another of her works.

    Sure to be among my 2019 favs.

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    I cannot conclude this review without mentioning the cover of this book. Digital pictures come nowhere near capturing this image. It's like having an acid trip while walking through a carnival house of mirrors.

    Even the paper the cover is printed on is sublime.

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    *** I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. All opinions are my own. ***

  • Monnie

    It seems incongruous that a book can be this good when all the characters are this unlikable (well, maybe with one exception). But when I had several chapters to go at the time we left for a three-day vacation with friends at the Marblehead area of Lake Erie, I stuffed my Kindle in my suitcase. I would, I vowed, make time to finish it. And I did - the very first night.

    Short chapters that shift among character perspectives helped hold my attention on every single page. But it was the characters,

    It seems incongruous that a book can be this good when all the characters are this unlikable (well, maybe with one exception). But when I had several chapters to go at the time we left for a three-day vacation with friends at the Marblehead area of Lake Erie, I stuffed my Kindle in my suitcase. I would, I vowed, make time to finish it. And I did - the very first night.

    Short chapters that shift among character perspectives helped hold my attention on every single page. But it was the characters, all of whom I would classify as seriously screwed up, that really reeled me in. Even though I was certain how the book would end - and I was right - the way the story and characters evolved (for better or worse) made me wish I could have holed up and read the whole thing in one setting.

    Kira Rascher, an aging actress who's been hoping for a juicy role for years (for whatever reason, Cassie from "A Chorus Line" came to mind), finally gets her wish as notoriously nitpicky director Malcolm Mercer chooses her for the lead in "Temper." The play is the latest venture at the theater founded by Joanna Cuyler, who doesn't think Kira is right for the part. Malcolm's relationship with Joanna is complicated, to say the least; they live together but, despite Joanna's wishful thinking, are a platonic couple.

    Kira, too, has a complicated relationship (think: friends with benefits) with her apartment mate, Spence, who makes a living staging realistic, but accident-free, fight scenes for theatrical productions. For the two-person cast of "Temper," he's staging the final scenes between Trent and Mara, the characters played by Malcom and Kira. As rehearsals begin, Malcolm lives up to his take-no-prisoners reputation, challenging everyone involved in the production to their near-breaking points. He sets his most psychologically destructive sights on Kira, who knows exactly what he's doing but is sure she can out-psych him and deliver the performance of her life.

    But can she? Aye, there's the rub. In fact, given this mixed-up bunch, whether there will be any survivors at curtain call is anyone's guess. Thoroughly engrossing and fast-paced (with no shortage of graphic sexual situations and explicit language, I note for those who eschew such things). Thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley, for allowing me to read and review an advance copy.

  • Norma * Traveling Sister

    Wowza!!! Sensual, enthralling, & edgy!

    Okay, there was definitely something about LAYNE FARGO'S writing style that totally sucked me in. The narrative was so seductive that I was totally entranced with what I was reading and could not put this book down. I am actually quite surprised with how much I enjoyed this book because I don't normally do too well with some of the content that this book had to offer but I was just as obsessed with finding out what was going on here as these characters w

    Wowza!!! Sensual, enthralling, & edgy!

    Okay, there was definitely something about LAYNE FARGO'S writing style that totally sucked me in. The narrative was so seductive that I was totally entranced with what I was reading and could not put this book down. I am actually quite surprised with how much I enjoyed this book because I don't normally do too well with some of the content that this book had to offer but I was just as obsessed with finding out what was going on here as these characters were. And that is all I'm going to say about that. LOL

    TEMPER by LAYNE FARGO is a riveting, suspenseful, brisk, and dark psychological thriller that was absolutely unputdownable. It’s a storyline that appears to be the same old, same old but let me tell you there isn’t anything even remotely similar here to anything that I have ever read before. Once I started reading it I was hooked and so absorbed in this juicy storyline that I was flipping those pages as fast as I possibly could.

    LAYNE FARGO delivers quite the impressive, clever, tension-filled and well-written read here that is told in short alternating chapters between the perspectives of our two main characters, Kira and Joanna. The author excels in holding you in its grasp with all the character manipulation and foreboding going on here. I was super curious every step of the way and these characters definitely made this quite the entertaining and immersive read for me.

    Norma’s Stats:

    Cover: The cover of this book is just as sensual as the book. It has this velvety soft feel to it that is absolutely irresistible. I was a little proud carrying around this book. LOL

    Title: Clever, suspenseful, intriguing and a fabulous representation to storyline. I love the title of this book. So good!

    Writing/Prose: Well-written, seductive, steamy, captivating, alluring, enthralling, and readable.

    Plot: Clever, intriguing, dark, intense, seductive, alluring, steamy, suspenseful, riveting, fast-paced, absorbing, enjoyable and entertaining. An absolutely fabulous storyline!!!! There is a little bit of explicit sexual content as well as some profanity.

    Ending: A fabulous and explosive resolution that was a little bit expected but still left me feeling elated and totally satiated. Loved it!

    Overall: 4.5 Stars! It was such an irresistible, enjoyable, fun and entertaining book to read. I thoroughly enjoyed the reading experience!!! Would definitely recommend!

    Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster Canada and Layne Fargo for my complimentary copy. It was quite the memorable reading experience!!

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  • Chelsea Humphrey

    After thinking on this one overnight, I do believe the less I say here the better for you, future reader. I would recommend throwing caution to the wind and just diving in when you're in need of a dark and gritty psychological thriller. At times, the plot gave off a similar vibe to JP Delaney's

    , yet I feel that this novel focuses more on the drama and slow building disintegration of the character's relationships, which gave a feeling of creeping dread until the explosive final page. I

    After thinking on this one overnight, I do believe the less I say here the better for you, future reader. I would recommend throwing caution to the wind and just diving in when you're in need of a dark and gritty psychological thriller. At times, the plot gave off a similar vibe to JP Delaney's

    , yet I feel that this novel focuses more on the drama and slow building disintegration of the character's relationships, which gave a feeling of creeping dread until the explosive final page. I'll end here, but if you are interested in a suspenseful novel that isn't hinged on solving a mystery, put this on your summer TBR.

  • Jamie

    I’m not quite sure what I expected when I picked up Temper and I’m still not entirely sure how to classify it now that I’ve finished it, but I will say, I did enjoy it! To be clear, Temper is not a thriller, the best way I can describe it is a psychological mind f*ck - but not so much for the readers as it is for the characters on one another.

    Temper had me curious and guessing the entire book and kept me completely captivated. I’m choosing to not say more as this is the kind of book it’s best t

    I’m not quite sure what I expected when I picked up Temper and I’m still not entirely sure how to classify it now that I’ve finished it, but I will say, I did enjoy it! To be clear, Temper is not a thriller, the best way I can describe it is a psychological mind f*ck - but not so much for the readers as it is for the characters on one another.

    Temper had me curious and guessing the entire book and kept me completely captivated. I’m choosing to not say more as this is the kind of book it’s best to go in blind on.

    For a debut author especially, Fargo did an excellent job on pacing and keeping readers enthralled (myself, specifically) and I’ll definitely be on the lookout for what she does next!

    Thank you to Gallery books for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.

  • Ellen Gail

    Violent, insidious, and undeniably intriguing,

    is sure to make a splash this summer.

    Which can't come soon enough because a) y'all need to read this and b) it's too damn cold, I'm wearing like four coats.

  • Meredith

    I hated the plot. Been there, read that!

    I hated all of the characters, but I couldn’t stop reading about them.

    I hated the ending. I predicted it from the start.

    I was hoping for something that went a little deeper and was a little crazier.

    BUT, as much as I disliked the characters and the plot, I was riveted. I k

    I hated the plot. Been there, read that!

    I hated all of the characters, but I couldn’t stop reading about them.

    I hated the ending. I predicted it from the start.

    I was hoping for something that went a little deeper and was a little crazier.

    BUT, as much as I disliked the characters and the plot, I was riveted. I knew what was going to happen, but I was still eagerly turning the pages. This is a testament to Layne Fargo’s writing style--this book got under my skin and messed with my head!

  • Dianne

    I think my skin was crawling with tension throughout this dark, dry tale. Two women, both ambitious, both attracted to a sadistic, domineering actor, both driven beyond their boundaries and both on a collision course of destruction.

    Twisted, brutal emotionally for the characters and filled with deceit and manipulation, there wasn’t really a developed character that I liked, but I give kudos to Layne Fargo who wrote in bold strokes to bring forth a tale one will not soon forget.

    by Layne Far

    I think my skin was crawling with tension throughout this dark, dry tale. Two women, both ambitious, both attracted to a sadistic, domineering actor, both driven beyond their boundaries and both on a collision course of destruction.

    Twisted, brutal emotionally for the characters and filled with deceit and manipulation, there wasn’t really a developed character that I liked, but I give kudos to Layne Fargo who wrote in bold strokes to bring forth a tale one will not soon forget.

    by Layne Fargo had me unsettled throughout and after struggling to get through the first half of the book, it opens up into a full throttle, jagged edged thriller that made my head spin, a total love-hate read for me! I found myself wondering: How far would you go to achieve your personal dreams? Would you forsake your very soul?

    I received a complimentary ARC edition from Gallery/Scout Press!

    Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press (July 2, 2019)

    Publication Date: July 2, 2019

    Genre: Psychological Thriller

    Print Length: 352 pages

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  • Dennis

    is a very quick read, that you should totally go in blind! You know I enjoy blubbering about the synopsis, but this time you need to just know that it's a distant relative to ML Rio's

    . Kira is a struggling actor, and her personal life is just as crazy as her trying to break into the theater world. Kira auditions for a role and meets director Malcolm Mercer. Malcolm has a reputation for being extremely cruel to his actors, and also has a personal reputation for being

    is a very quick read, that you should totally go in blind! You know I enjoy blubbering about the synopsis, but this time you need to just know that it's a distant relative to ML Rio's

    . Kira is a struggling actor, and her personal life is just as crazy as her trying to break into the theater world. Kira auditions for a role and meets director Malcolm Mercer. Malcolm has a reputation for being extremely cruel to his actors, and also has a personal reputation for being a womanizer. Kira believes she can overcome Malcolm's advances and make her new gig the best part she's ever had. The theatre's co-founder, Joanna Cuyler is not impressed by Kira and her acting ability. She believes that Kira is using her sexuality to advance her career and is lacking in the drive and talent department. Will Kira be able to make this part the best job she's ever had? Will her own insecurities get the best of her?

    is definitely a story that I wasn't expecting. It's not as suspense-driven as I thought it would be, but it's definitely a good character study. We really dive into themes of sexuality, power, and manipulation; and the story is a juicy quick read for you to enjoy. I really loved how the author handled sexuality and orientation in this story, and I'd like to read more novels that follow this

    about it. I wish it had more of a thriller element to the story, but it really should be looked at as a drama. If you go into

    knowing that, you'll definitely enjoy it!

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