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 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.

Temper Details

TitleTemper
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 2nd, 2019
PublisherGallery/Scout Press
ISBN-139781982106720
Rating
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery Thriller, Mystery, Suspense

Temper Review

  • Meredith
    January 1, 1970
    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 disliked the characters and the plot, I was riveted. I k 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 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! I didn’t love Temper...I didn’t even like it. But it kept me thinking and I am still thinking about it.
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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 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 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. *Thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy via NetGalley.
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  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    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!!Review can also be found on our Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee Reading book blog:https://twosisterslostinacoulee.com/
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  • Felicia
    January 1, 1970
    _____________________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 envelops the reader in it's shadows and it is dev _____________________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 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._____________________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._____________________*** I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. All opinions are my own. ***
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  • Kendall
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    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 actors, and also has a personal reputation for being 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 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? Temper 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 nonchalance 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 Temper knowing that, you'll definitely enjoy it!
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  • Dianne
    January 1, 1970
    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.TEMPER 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.TEMPER 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, 2019Genre: Psychological ThrillerPrint Length: 352 pagesAvailable from: Amazon | Barnes & NobleFor Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: http://tometender.blogspot.com
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  • Monnie
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Wendy Walker
    January 1, 1970
    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 brilliant story telling and profoundly astute observa 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 brilliant story telling and profoundly astute observations about human emotions and relationships. Temper is the real deal.
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  • Ellen Gail
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Aga Durka
    January 1, 1970
    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 this psychological (thriller??) drama which left m 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 this psychological (thriller??) drama which left me feeling icky and quite disturbed. Thank you Netgalley and Gallery Books for giving me an opportunity to read an ARC copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    January 1, 1970
    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 someone that is typically revered and you're *blessed* 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 someone that is typically revered and you're *blessed* to have a chance to work with him or her. Let me introduce you to Malcolm. His reputation precedes him but isn't that was also draws you inexplicably to him? Kira has dealt with her fair share of *interesting* men and has put up with enough, she's sure she can handle him. But who is to be feared the most? What he's capable of? Or what she's capable of?This definitely gives off a bit of Black Swan vibes. How deeply into a role does an actor go? Is method acting going too far? Do you really lose yourself in the character you're portraying or are you just THAT good at switching on and off? This one ramps up chapter by chapter. Is Malcolm a genius or a sociopath? I neither loved nor hated the characters. I was fascinated by them. I wanted to slap the women, throttle the men, drink the whiskey, let myself go and scream! The build up crescendos into an ending that while expected, still left me gasping. Fargo delivers and hit the nail that I needed right now right on the head.Thank you Gallery/Scout Press for this read.
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  • Laura G (lauralovestoread)
    January 1, 1970
    ⭐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 copy, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my ⭐️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 copy, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I won this galley in a Goodreads Giveaway!
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    "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 a hard time getting invested in slow burn stories "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 a hard time getting invested in slow burn stories, but I was captivated by this one. Temper handles sexuality in a refreshing way - almost all of the major characters are bi. I have not seen many LGBTQ+ characters in books marketed as suspense / thrillers, and sometimes they aren't handled very well & are just used as victims or villains. I hope to see more books like Temper in the future.I wouldn't say there's a lot of suspense happening here, but all of the secrets, drama, and violence were so intriguing. This book is on the darker side, and the characters are pretty messed up. This was such an entertaining read, and I can't wait to see what Layne Fargo does next.
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  • Jay G
    January 1, 1970
    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 ultimately break. When Kira is cast for the other lead ro 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 ultimately break. When Kira is cast for the other lead role in their upcoming play Temper, she believes she can handle anything Malcom throws her way. Honestly, the less you know going into this book, the better. If I had to find a way to explain this book I would just say the entire time reading it I was basically the Charlie Day conspiracy meme from Always Sunny in Philadelphia... Right from the first page I was sucked into the story and these characters. The story is told through dual perspectives between Kira and Joanna, each with a very distinct voice. I usually find that with multiple perspectives, I find myself liking one of them the most. With Temper, I was equally enthralled with both narrators. I wanted to know more about each of them and how everyone was somehow connected to one another. I loved the power struggle between Kira and Malcom both on and off the stage, there was so much tension between the two of them you knew someone would have to snap eventually. I also really enjoyed the secondary characters in this book, especially Kira's roommate and bestfriend, Spence. Malcom was an excellent villain and you couldn't help loving him, even though he is absolutely terrible. The slow burn of this book and the small unveils were so well done they had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I loved finding little tidbits of information that seemed like throw away comments but were actually major plot points later on in the book. This definitely did not feel like a debut novel and I will 100% be checking out more of this author's work when they are released. I would definitely recommend checking this one out!
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Hannah F. Whitten
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Jessica Bibi
    January 1, 1970
    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...)
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  • Bookworm
    January 1, 1970
    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 and manipulation. This is one of those books that blu 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 and manipulation. This is one of those books that blurs the reality between what is real and what is not by using actors and a play called Temper as the setting. The story alternates between Kira and Joanne. Joanne and Mal own a production company that puts on radically tense and lifelike performances. Mall has the infamous reputation of pushing actors over the edge of sanity. When Kira, a flailing and emotionally damaged actress with no foreseeable prospects lands the leading role across from Mal, she believes she can outplay the manipulations that are sure to come her way....but can she?So...why only 2 stars? Well, I was not captivated by the plot. The “acting” as a plot element wasn’t that interesting for me. I don’t enjoy reading about actors and plays nor do I care to learn about acting terminology. I also thought the build up was weak and lacked authenticity. I had a hard time believing that things would turn out the way they did. I also wanted to learn more about Joanne as her character didn’t seem fully developed. I kept waiting for a crescendo that never seemed to arrive. I wanted way more punch!!! Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada and Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This was one of those books that I thought I would like much more than I did. I’m sure there are others who will appreciate some of the plot elements more than I did.
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  • Rheama Heather
    January 1, 1970
    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, increasing tension, beautiful cover art, and a perfect en 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, increasing tension, beautiful cover art, and a perfect ending.What I didn’t love - From a person in the middle of the political spectrum, I get annoyed when every single character is either on the far left or far right. Humans are more diverse. You could argue the setting calls for a certain type of personality. Self-selection of who we choose to surround ourself with and all that. Meh. Maybe.Entertaining but not for everyone.Thank you to the author and publisher for providing a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Halley Sutton
    January 1, 1970
    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 them but I think that's a disservice to the feminis 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 them but I think that's a disservice to the feminist engine behind this book--he's not so much between them as much as the dramatic linchpin between the ambition that unites and divides Kira and Joanna). Kira's cast opposite Mal in the production Mal and Joanna's company is putting on, Temper, and immediately tensions begin to simmer between the three in pursuit of a great performance. I don't want to give anything else away, except the ending is just (kisses fingers) perfection.Megan Abbott + Black Swan + Shakespeare.
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  • Melanie Golding
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    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 level of suspense continually intensifies. While there were some p 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 level of suspense continually intensifies. While there were some portions of the story that didn’t quite hang together for me (particularly why Kira and Joanna would continue to tolerate Malcolm’s abuse), I think Fargo is a writer to watch.Thank you to Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Julie Christensen
    January 1, 1970
    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. The author clearly has a profound love of Shakespeare, and 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. The author clearly has a profound love of Shakespeare, and that was another great addition. There is a deep love of theatre throughout this novel. One of my favorite parts of TEMPER was reading the perspective of the actress while she was onstage. There are times when the author threads crucial parts of the story into these moments, and they are a marvel. TEMPER starts off strong, but as the story progresses and more pieces fall into the plot, the narrative gets more complex, more compelling, like a slow build to the final moment. When I was ten pages from the end, I still had no idea how in the world the story would resolve. It was a real page turner, but what I enjoyed most was that, as disturbing as the story was at times, I never stopped liking the two narrators. They were beacons of light throughout, even when I wasn’t always sure they were telling me the truth.
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  • Wendy Heard
    January 1, 1970
    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 overtly sensual, bold character like Kira, you might ex 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 overtly sensual, bold character like Kira, you might expect a tumultuous affair as the primary storyline. What you get is a dark psychological ride with sexy, dangerous characters in a constant power struggle. It's as hot as it is disturbing, with Kira's reality blurring with the play that threatens to consume her.Joanna is another compelling character, and I felt Fargo was contrasting these two disparate, sharp-edged, and vulnerable women against each other with great intentionality, asking questions about femininity that the reader mulls over throughout the story. I'm still wondering--who was the puppet master and who was the puppet?I highly recommend this book. I can't wait for July 2019 so I can buy it for all my thriller-reading friends!
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    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. Sexuality, jealousy, rage, bitterness, and tension a 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. Sexuality, jealousy, rage, bitterness, and tension all reign supreme as the suspense mounts. Told in alternating perspectives of Kira and Joanna, the book never loses its break-neck speed as it culminates in a "What the heck just happened?" conclusion. Dark, very dark, but oh so satisfying!Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC!
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  • Megan Collins
    January 1, 1970
    I was blown away by this book. The pacing is excellent, the story zooming back and forth between two unforgettable narrators. The characterization is terrific, the story itself brilliant, and the writing exquisite. But the best part, for me, was the ending. It’s both devastating and completely satisfying; it’s shocking and yet inevitable. And the final line—my jaw dropped open. I closed the book ten minutes ago and I still have chills.
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  • Meow
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this one! It is so in your face, so raw. Nothing "cute-sy" about this one - the author could have played "nice" but she didn't. Could have toned down some of the story - she didn't. Could have played back on the emotions of the characters - she didn't. For me, TEMPER really delivered what others haven't brought to the table.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    An ARC was provided to me for free by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.After years of trying to break out as a theatre actress, Kira Rascher finally lands a role alongside Malcolm Mercer in Temper, a new play. Malcom is a director known for pushing his co-workers beyond their limits. Kira is sure she knows how to handle him, but isn't sure about Joana Cuyler, the co-founder of the theatre where Kira will be working. This was absolutely excellent.It's told in alternati An ARC was provided to me for free by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.After years of trying to break out as a theatre actress, Kira Rascher finally lands a role alongside Malcolm Mercer in Temper, a new play. Malcom is a director known for pushing his co-workers beyond their limits. Kira is sure she knows how to handle him, but isn't sure about Joana Cuyler, the co-founder of the theatre where Kira will be working. This was absolutely excellent.It's told in alternating first-person views by Kira and Joanna from the day of Kira goes to audition for the play to the night of the play itself. The chapters are short and snappy, ending at clliffhangers that force you to keep reading to learn what happens next. The book has a great momentum and pacing. There is a very small cast of characters, all inexplicably tied to each other - and they all stand to lose or gain something throughout the novel.This is a story about the dangerous nature of power and ambitions, and how they can poison everyone involved. By the end, you’ll question what’s real and who’s insane.Blog | Twitter | Instagram
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  • Marsha
    January 1, 1970
    A mesmerizing thriller with a cast of damaged characters who slowly unravel as the pages turn. Just read it. Compulsive and consuming.
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