I’m reading this novel about sociopaths by Lisa Scottoline called “Every Fifteen Minutes.”
Here is the beginning of this book. It is chilling to say the least:
I’m a sociopath. I look normal, but I’m not. I’m smarter, better, and freer, because I’m not bound by rules, law, emotion, or regard for you.
I can read you almost immediately, get your number right away, and push your buttons to make you do whatever I want. I don’t really like you, but I’m so good at acting as if I do that it’s basically the same thing. To you.
I fool you.
I fool everybody.
I’ve read that one out of twenty-four people is a sociopath, and if you ask me, the other twenty-three of you should be worried. One out of twenty-four people is 4 percent of the population, and that’s a lot of sociopaths.
Anorexics are 3 percent, and everybody talks about them. Schizophrenics are only 1 percent, but they get all the press. No one’s paying attention to sociopaths, or they think we’re all killers, which is a misconception.
It’s not being paranoid to worry about us. You should be more paranoid than you are. Your typical suburban mom worries all the time, but she worries about the wrong things.
Because she doesn’t worry about me.
People think evil exists in the form of terrorists, murderers, and ruthless dictators, but not in “normal” people like me. They don’t realize that evil exists on their street.
Works in the cubicle next to them. Chats with them at the checkout line at CVS. Reads a paperback on the train next to them. Runs on a treadmill at their gym.
Or marries their daughter.
It’s Better To Be Prepared:
The book is about the various characters, never really coming out and naming the sociopath. You’re trying to figure out which character is truly evil.
I’ve written about sociopaths before. How they creep in to our lives without us ever noticing.
Because they look just like everyone else, we are not alarmed by their path straight into our lives.
If this book depresses or scares you, then that’s actually good. Because you should have some defense against such ruthless yet charming characters.
And yes, they are all around you. You just don’t know who they are.