This is one of the book I featured in my gift giving guide during blogmas, but I wanted to mention it again, because I had so much fun reading it! (I hope you don’t mind, but I’ll probably mention some other books from that post as well, simply because they were amazing…) It’s called The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson. What I didn’t know was that he wrote The Men Who Stare at Goats. And although I haven’t read that book, I loved the movie!
I literally cried tears of laughter while reading this book, felt sorry for some characters and wanted to punch others, and most importantly, I didn’t put it down until it ended. It took me quite a while, mostly because I just can’t concentrate at the moment, but it was so good I couldn’t stop reading it. And at the moment, that is saying quite a lot!
It’s a book about mental illnesses, something I’ve been reading quite a lot lately, but this one is different from all the others. It’s not a self-help book, it’s not written by a psychologist and it focuses on an illness that is usually not mentioned: psychopathy. It talks about the difficulty to diagnose a psychopath, because they are master manipulators, makes you feel sorry for and appalled by the ones Ronson met, and comes to the conclusion, that it’s a much bigger problem with people in positions of power.
One thing I loved about the book is that it doesn’t pretend to have all the answers. It features failed attempts to cure psychopaths, doubts the universal tool for recognising a psychopath: the Hare Psychopathy Checklist and struggles with liking a possible psychopath.
Above all though, it’s simply so well written. You can tell Ronson is a journalist by trade, his language is clear and to the point, objective, and guides you through emotions from fear to laughter at the same time. It has some of the fascination with brilliant criminals and thrilling crime stories, so if you like shows like Criminal Minds, this is the book for you.
Have any of you read this book? And if you have, what did you think? Have you spotted a psychopath yet? I hope you enjoy this as much as I have!