Temper by Layne Fargo


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...

Details Temper

Release DateJul 2nd, 2019
PublisherGallery/Scout Press
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery Thriller, Mystery, Suspense

Reviews Temper

  • Meredith
    I don't even know what to say or how I feel about this book--part of me loved it, another part of me hated it. I am not going to give a synopsis of the plot. It’s best to go in blind. 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 dis...
  • 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 Believe Me, yet I feel that this novel focuses more on the drama and slow building disintegration of the character's relationships, which gave a feeling o...
  • Chaima ✨ شيماء
    Is it possible to have a good week after reading this book? a good month? a decent year? my sources say: fuck, noTemper is basically If We Were Villains on steroids. It's a dark psychological thriller about a bunch of morally-fraudulent thespians who obviously need psychiatric help. The ending offers more questions than it answers. It's terrible, you should read it.
  • 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 ou...
  • Felicia
    _____________________WOWThis 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...
  • BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
    All I can say is - WOW! Layne Fargo absolutely entranced me with her seductive yet dark writing. I found myself in a constant state of foreboding while reading this book, yet I could not stop turning the pages - anxious for more.I will not give anything away. I urge you not to even read the synopsis. When I picked this book up, I had forgotten what it was even about and it turned out to be the best thing. Go in blindly and savor every morsel. If ...
  • 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. Layn...
  • Dennis
    Temper 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 If We Were Villains. 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 acto...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Aga Durka
    Unfortunately, I was not the right audience for this book. I just could not get into the story and I didn't really like any of the characters. I found them all selfish and quite disturbing in their actions. This book had such a great potential with all the mind games and psychological manipulations going on between the characters, however the plot was predictable for me. A lot of drama, violence, anger, egocentric behavior, and sexual tension in ...
  • Wendy Walker
    Yes, Yes, Yes!!! Here is my "official" blurb. What I loved MOST is that you have to read every single word or you will miss a plot twist. And that forces you to leave your own world behind, which is why we read books.Temper is raw, ingenious and utterly fearless. I devoured every word as the story bent and twisted in ways I did not see coming. Layne Fargo delivers psychological suspense at its very best - without tricks or misdirections, just bri...
  • Ellen Gail
    Violent, insidious, and undeniably intriguing, Temper 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.
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    OH sometimes I feel I have no rhyme or reason for how I rate books. Mostly it's whatever I felt right after I turned that last page and I absolutely LOVED this one. I'm not a very artistic-y or creative person myself but I'm sure if I was, I'd probably jump off the cliff of crazy myself.You always hear about that brilliant director/actor/writer/artist that is hard to work with, is temperamental, a genius, a bit frightening perhaps, but still some...
  • Heather
    Me when I got to the end of this book:I mean, I guess I didn't really care at that point. By three quarters of the way through, I was extremely bored. The characters were all unlikable, and not in a fun way. They were just dumb and terrible at being people. Malcolm Mercer was supposed to be this sexy, magnetic, sociopath-type guy and the whole time I was just like???? He seemed like one of the more normal ones, tbh.I thought this book did a not-g...
  • 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 choosi...
  • Laura G (lauralovestoread)
    ⭐3.75 stars for Temper!Like most mystery/suspense novels, I think it’s best to go into them blindly. If you’re looking for a passionate, angsty story, with a sexual appetite, you’ve come to the right place. I was starting to get Black Swan vibes in the beginning, but then there were some dark twists and I wasn’t sure where this slow building drama was headed, but Temper gets the applause from me! *Thank you to Scout Press for this free ...
  • Emily
    "It's like he's stripping off my skin instead of my clothes, peeling it all away so he can see the blood and bone and sinew underneath. So he can expose every piece of me."Temper by Layne Fargo is such an impressive debut novel, and I really enjoyed reading it. This book is a very tense character study, and I loved seeing how everything unraveled. The ending was a bit predictable, but it fit in with the story that was being told. Sometimes I have...
  • Jay G
    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer...*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review* Struggling actress Kira auditions for a Chicago theatre company run by Joanna Cuyler and Malcom Mercer. Malcom is the director and lead actor in every show who has the reputation of using brutal tactics to push his cast to their limits until they ultimat...
  • Hannah F. Whitten
    I read this book in one sitting. Characters you will simultaneously love and hate, a unique and fully immersive setting, a twisty story about men trying to shape difficult women into what they want them to be (and paying for it)...this book really has it all. If you like Tana French’s twisted crime plots with the compulsive readability of Gillian Flynn, this one is for you.
  • Bookworm
    5 syllables to describe this book! PSY-CHO-LO-GI-CALI’m going to go out on a limb here and predict that folks who enjoyed 50 Shades will be drawn to this story as well. With an element of sadomasochistic sexual tension and an in depth psychological plot, this is a story that crosses genre boundaries and leaves the reader wondering where in the world is this going???There is much mind trickery as the plot delves into the violent side of acting a...
  • Jessica Bibi
    Holy fucking shit, this was fantastic. Very rarely do I finish a book in one sitting but this book had my ass seated all day--I was absolutely addicted and captivated by these deliciously dark and wonderful characters.TEMPER is like if BLACK SWAN had a lovechild with Gillian Flynn--throw in Fargo's moreish writing style and you've got an exhilarating read in your hands.(my live read, if you're into that: https://twitter.com/JessicaBCooper/st...)
  • Rheama Heather
    Kira finally lands her first great role in a play called Temper, but it comes with a catch. Her director and co-star, Malcolm, has a reputation for breaking actors in the name of art. Kira is determined not to become one of the unfortunates, but she doesn’t realize how far Malcolm will go to extract the performance of her life.What I loved - all the little known details about producing a play, the blurred line between truth and fiction, incre...
  • Halley Sutton
    A completely gripping story, beautifully told. Fargo's chewy language makes you want to stop and savor every line but also, every chapter feels more and more urgent, the stakes rising to almost uncomfortable heights, and you can't put it down. The story features dual narrators--Kira, an aspiring actress looking to find her big break in Chicago theater, and Joanna, who runs a local theater group along with Malcolm Mercer (I'd say he's in-between t...
  • Doug
    Since my degrees are in theatre, and since there are a dearth of psychological thrillers set in that milieu, I was very eager to read this debut novel. And for the first 2/3s or so, I thought it was fairly good and set out to do what it intended. But the further I got into it, the less enchanted I was, and by the denouement I just wanted it to end ASAP and put itself out of its misery. Several things exasperated me: 1. this is set in the sprawlin...
  • Melanie Golding
    Wow! This book is a seriously dramatic page-turner with a protagonist that some may love to hate, though I loved her. Told from two perspectives, though one is definitely the leading lady. So interesting to be immersed in the world of theatre. I raced through it and was left open-mouthed at the end, in the best of ways.
  • Tucker
    I haven’t read many thrillers set in the theatre, but Layne Fargo’s debut “Temper” brilliantly illuminates that world of creativity, ambition, competition, and desire. In the staging of the play “Temper,” a dark and twisted relationship triangle develops and volatile emotions and manipulative and unpredictable behaviors escalate to shocking levels. The character development is well done in this dark psychological thriller and the leve...
  • Julie Christensen
    This is an intense, dark, page-turner, told from two alternating POVs. I liked both narrators even though they didn’t necessarily like each other. The story is centered around a debut play, beginning with auditions and ending with opening night. I loved reading about what happens during the production of a play – blocking a scene, rules for physical contact, even the response an actor gives when the stage manager says they’re on in five. Th...
  • Wendy Heard
    TEMPER is a dark and sexy ride, its characters’ passion and rage snowballing in equal measure as the story builds to its shocking conclusion. This is the Black Swan psychological suspense novel we’ve all been waiting for. When Kira takes the starring role in Temper, she knows she'll be working closely with Malcolm, a director and actor known to enjoy manipulating people, driving them past their absolute limits both on stage and off. With an o...
  • Anne
    OOOOH! What a dark and twisted tale! Kira finally gets an acting job in a new play called Temper and is both delighted and skeptical as director and co-star, Malcolm is known to push his actors, often with cruel and manipulative techniques. She takes the plunge and comes into conflict with Joanna, the manager and roommate of Malcolm. Things get ugly quickly as this odd triangle evolves and emotions become more volatile as the novel progresses. Se...