Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight is a creepy and often uncomfortable book that is billed as the a memoir of a real-life sociopath — but with its repeated assertions that psychopaths will do anything to manipulate other people, the reader may well wonder how much is truth and how much is, shall we say, “enhanced” reality.
The author shares her memories of a childhood with violent and disturbed parents, making one wonder how they may have contributed to her state of mind, then details her successes exploiting, shaming, and generally taking advantage of all around her as an apparently successful law school professor. (The narrative will not enhance the general reputation of lawyers, that’s for sure). The beauty of the book is to show how sociopaths, although unpleasant members of society, can conform enough to avoid creating havoc. On the other hand, the author’s slithering makes the story hard to believe and herself hard to trust. For instance, she (denying she is a she but making plenty of allusions in this direction) pretends she wants no one to learn her first name but then drops that name anyway. Is that a careless mistake, which she says she doesn’t commit, or another red herring? As I said, creepy!