Having been to see Mary Turner Thomson on the Ron Johnson “Psychopath Nights” Tour, her story has always fascinated me. I have a copy of her first book, The Bigamist, still to read but decided to read this one first.
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
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.
If you are one of those people who think anyone who is conned, duped or scammed is stupid and deserved all that comes to them for “not seeing the truth” then I hope to God you read this book and change your mind; if you are one of those people who often say “but why didn’t she just leave them” then I hope to God you read this and change your mind.
Anyone hearing Mary Turner Thomson’s story for the first time, would be forgiven for thinking it was a work of fiction, a chilling one, but one where the reader was asked to suspend their belief. Truth is often stranger than fiction they say and this woman’s story proves that point and more. I wish this had been a work of fiction that I had just finished, but it wasn’t. The Psychopath is a true story of manipulation, narcissism, coercive control, gaslighting and the most chilling insidious tale of gaslighting that I think I have ever come across. It is a story that should be read by every woman and every man, even if only to raise awareness and show you how to avoid these people.
Many people see the word psychopath and think of axe wielding monsters brazenly terrorizing people but psychopaths walk among us daily, they even hold positions of great power and control. Psychopaths largely look like you and me, they appear normal, beguiling and can trick you into believing you have met your soul mate. And then they turn the screws. Once they have you invested in the relationships then they become the cat and you become the mouse.
There is much research out there about psychopathy but Mary Turner Thomson takes this and turns it into something real, something accessible and easily understood. It would have been easy for this to become a story of suffering and of desolation, and it is clear there was much of that in the author’s life, however, she has taken her experience and turned it into a tale of survival, of hope and of support. She has actively fought for the rights of those who Will Jordan targeted, she has offered support and assistance to those who were conned and abused by him. She has taken control back from him in the most astoundingly public manner and for that she is to be applauded.
I’d urge you to read this, it’s informative, there are links to research etc. for those who want to use it as an academic source; it is a bible of red flags and warnings for all of us. But most of all it is a story of survival.
Bravo Mary Turner Thomson.
The Psychopath can be purchased via
About the author
Mary Turner Thomson was born and grew up in Edinburgh, she got a BA Hons degree from Newcastle in Creative and Performing Arts in 1987, a Marketing Diplom afrom Napier University in 1992, and a Diploma in Literature & Creative Writing from Open University in 2009.
She has worked as a business adviser, marketing consultant and motivational trainer before writing her first book – THE OTHER MRS JORDAN – IN 2006. That autobiography was then updated and relaunched as THE BIGAMIST in 2007. In 2009 Mary worked on another biography with Natalie Hutchison about overcoming adversity – TRADING PLACES – which was published in 2009.
The sequel to THE BIGAMIST is due out in 2020, and Mary is currently working on her first novel – a psychological thriller.