Temper by Layne Fargo


Temper is not as suspense driven like I was expecting. I found it was a slow-burn, and although a lot was happening in the story, it didn’t quite grab my attention and didn’t really keep me on the edge of my seat. It’s unfortunate. It is quite the novel though. The reader dives into themes of sexuality, power, and manipulation. I wished it had more of a thriller element to the story, but it is more geared towards drama. If you go into Temper knowing that you’ll enjoy it.


Unfortunately, as a mystery/thriller fan, I was not the right audience for this book. I couldn’t get into the story and didn’t really like the main characters. I found them selfish and disturbing in their actions. The book has great potential with all the mind games and psychological manipulations between the characters.


Thank you Netgalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for giving me the opportunity to read a digital ARC copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Rating: 3 stars


After years of struggling in the Chicago theater scene, ambitious actress Kira Rascher finally lands the role of a lifetime. The catch? The mercurial Malcolm Mercer is the director and he’s known for pushing his performers past their limits—on stage 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 ambitions, 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 come to the realization that Malcolm’s dangerous extremes are nothing compared to what they’re capable of themselves.

Happy Reading!

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