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In 2006, Mary Turner Thomson’s world shattered when she discovered her husband Will was a bigamist, con man and convicted sex offender. Unbeknownst to her, this would be the start of a bold new chapter in her life, fighting to protect other women from his heartless gaslighting campaigns—and putting a stop to his endless deception.
Mary thought her story would end with the revelation that Will in fact had several families—and numerous children. But when she discovered that he had continued to prey on new victims, she vowed to turn his betrayal into a force for good. On her mission to protect these women and others, Mary also learned more about the psychopathy behind Will’s duplicitous behaviour.
Teaming up with his newest fiancée in the US, Mary attempts to put an end to Will’s devastating activities. But will she and her fellow victims succeed in their ultimate goal: to bring down Will Jordan forever?
Mary Turner Thomson began telling her story in her first book, The Bigamist. Now, in The Psychopath, she delves deeper into Will's betrayal, telling an entirely new story of how she moved on, and helped others do the same.
“Mary Turner Thomson’s extraordinary story is what inspired me to write The Psychopath Test. She has an incredible tale of survival at the hands of one of the most bizarre and nefarious manipulators who ever walked this earth.” —Jon Ronson, author of The Psychopath Test
“The Psychopath is a wise, painful, and necessary book, full of insights about the damage done to society by the psychopaths among us. Mary’s deep understanding of manipulation and falsehood feels more urgent than ever…Not just compulsively readable and utterly fascinating, but contains valuable lessons about solidarity, alertness, and the power of human resilience. Mary’s message and example is, in the end, a profoundly optimistic one.” —Marcel Theroux, author and broadcaster
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They had two children together before she discovered that he was married to at least one other woman. But discovering that was only the tip of the iceberg, and in the years since the revelation, more and more of his duplicitous behavior has come to light. As Mary uncovered more, so she became more determined to reclaim her story and help other women in the same position—and there are many.
When I read this book, I was struck not only by this utterly gripping story of betrayal, deception, and retribution, but also by Mary herself. She’s pulled herself up from the depths to be wiser and strong than ever—and is determined not to let the psychopath who once controlled her hurt anyone else.
- Victoria Pepe, Editor
- ASIN : B0887XQ4GM
- Publisher : Little A (1 Mar. 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 2680 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Print length : 239 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 4,126 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 September 2021
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Although she claims that she is writing this book to help others who, like her, have been victimized by psychopaths, she seems much more concerned to highlight her own bravery, unflinching honesty, moral probity, etc., while impressing on us, once again, how much she suffered at the hands of her bigamous husband. All in all, she comes across as too self-congratulatory and self-absorbed to be wholly likable. But I have to admit that I gave up on the book after reading just a third of it, so maybe it turns into something better later on. I just couldn’t bring myself to read any further.
The book is a bit dis-jointed as it goes from Jordan's latest misdemeanours to the author's book tour,various psychiatric definitions, Ms Turner Thompson's children and various other subjects in a bit of a mish mash but it is a good read. I was quite struck by how so many very intelligent women were sucked in by someone I'd have thought most would have seen as a total Walter Mitty but the author does a good job of explaining how people like him work,who they prey on and their methodology....and how a certain notorious daytime TV icon used much the same methods on his ghastly show.
A good book but I'd advise anyone interested to read "The Bigamist" first.
MTT has clearly spent a lot of time learning more about psychology although at times there are sections that read as if they've been lifted straight from a text book. I found the item by item assessment of the characteristics of a psychopath in the early chapters to be a bit boring and repetitive. Honestly, unless the assessor is a professional in that field, I'm not entirely sure that scoring your ex 2/2 on 10 criteria for being a psychopath is entirely objective enough.
Some are born famous, some achieve fame, and in this case MTT achieves something like notoriety by being the victim of a coldly manipulative man. As the book unfolds, we learn the unfathomable extent of Will Jordan's abuses of women - many of them simultaneously.
As an add-on that helps readers of the Bigamist to see that MTT has got her groove back, that she's tracked down lots of others who've suffered similarly, and that she's made a bit of a career out of an unfortunate timein her life, this is worth a read. Personally, I couldn't really recommend it if you've not already read the first book. I also suspect that only people who've already gone through such abuse would recognise that's what had happened - those currently being abused probably won't have the clarity to see that's what's going on.
2.5 stars from me. I'm happy to know things turned out well.