Confessions of a Sociopath by M.E. Thomas

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for review consideration.

Title: Confessions of a Sociopath
Author: M.E. Thomas
Publisher: Crown Publishing
Expected Release: May 14, 2013
Source: publisher (Edelweiss)

Synopsis:

The first memoir of its kind, Confessions of a Sociopath is an engrossing, highly captivating narrative of the author’s life as a diagnosed sociopath.

She is a charismatic charmer, an ambitious self-promoter, and a cunning and calculating liar. She can induce you to invest in her financial schemes, vote for her causes, and even join her in bed. Like a real-life Lisbeth Salander, she has her own system of ethics, and like Dexter, she thrives on bending and occasionally breaking the rules. She is a diagnosed, high-functioning, noncriminal sociopath, and this is her world from her point of view.

Drawn from the author’s own experiences; her popular blog, Sociopathworld.com; and scientific literature, Confessions of a Sociopath is part confessional memoir, part primer for the curious. Written from the point of view of a diagnosed sociopath, it unveils for the very first time these people who are hiding in plain sight. The book confirms suspicions and debunks myths about sociopathy, providing a road map for dealing with the sociopath in your life.

Confessions of a Sociopath was a difficult read, in a way. It wasn’t the content or the writing style as much as the tone, which felt a little odd, and at times, disconcerting. It was often cold and very pretentious. After a while, it really grated on my nerves. By the final few chapters, I would catch myself skimming the text and have to reread large portions. I think it would have been wiser of me to take the book in smaller doses, to break it up a bit.

But… the content itself was pretty fascinating. It’s easy to dismiss psychopaths as “evil” (especially thanks to Hollywood and the media) and not think about them with any more depth than that, but there’s actually a pretty wide spectrum. I learned a lot reading this book. I didn’t realize there were non-criminal sociopaths, nor did I know they could be as high-functioning as the author.

There were some aspects of her story that were hard to believe. I couldn’t tell if she was contradicting herself, if she was embellishing things, or if I just wasn’t understanding her. Then came the epilogue, and everything that didn’t make sense to me before sort of fell into place. I think the parts I had trouble believing were due to differences between how we (author and reader) view the world, not because of an intent to deceive.

Confessions of a Sociopath by M.E. Thomas was an eye-opening book. I wouldn’t place it on my favorites list, but I did come away with more knowledge and understanding about a personality disorder I knew little to nothing about; I appreciate that. Crown Publishing is releasing this title on May 14, 2013.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation for this review.

  • As an active member of Sociopath World I cant wait to read this book.

  • I’m glad to have read it. It was truly fascinating, and I think she does a very good job dispelling the belief that “sociopath” is another word for “evil.”