I would have given the book a 4 out of 5 rating, but unfortunately it is too noticeable that the author absolutely isn’t a professional writer. I just started with “Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer & the difference couldn’t have been bigger, the 2 books seem like 2 absolutely different worlds judging by the flow of the written text.
What I would criticize about it during the main reading process, was the fact that it seemed a bit repetitive to me. A better job could have been done at dividing the different topics that have been approached in separate chapters instead of speaking about them over & over again. The style also seemed like one of the weaker points – it was difficult to stay within the story, making me pick it up & put down endless times. It didn’t flow fluently but was more like a flow of thoughts, abruptly interrupted from time to time.
Nevertheless, what did leave a positive impression on me in the end, was finding out about the topic of sociopathy, which was the reason of why I have picked up the book in the first place. The way it ended was also a surprising one – it was extremely thought provoking. You wouldn’t be able to start with a new book straight afterwards, you almost long for sitting down & digesting it for a bit. In my opinion, there is a lesson to be learned from the entire story, which is to reflect more on people & try to understand them all in an individual way, just as sociopaths do. To understand emotions, what they are evoked by, the different motivations in life & to accept people for the way they are. That conclusion was what stopped me for a while, processing of what I have just read through.
All in all, I would definitely suggest this book to everyone who is interested in the topic of sociopathy and for those who want to understand human behaviour better.