The Psychopath by Mary Turner-Thomson
Eight years ago I received a phone call from a stranger asking me to meet up and discuss a collaboration. She was based in Edinburgh, so I travelled up and met Mary Turner-Thomson in a park, very appropriate given her story.
The outcome of this meeting was far more interesting than I could have imagined and far less stressful than the phone call from a stranger Mary had received on April 5, 2006, which opens her first book.
We talked about her life married to a psychopath and bigamist. I immediately went out and bought her book, The Bigamist. It is her true story, for which the phrase ‘truth is stranger than fiction’ could have been invented.
In the sequel, The Psychopath, we know, having read her first book, that Mary’s husband, ‘Will Jordan’ is a bigamist and having started at the end of the first part of her story, Mary brings us up to date with her life in the aftermath of that marriage.
Back then internet dating was in its infancy, terms like ‘Gaslighting’ and ‘Love-bombing’ were not used and Googling the identity of people wasn’t a usual activity. So how did a seemly intelligent woman fall for such outrageous lies?
The first time I read this book, I couldn’t put it down. I read it with a mixture of disbelief, curiosity and relief that I had never found myself in this situation. The revelations were jaw-dropping.
Fast forward to March 2021, Mary has published the sequel and you will definitely need to read The Bigamist to get the most from The Psychopath. As it had been some years since I’d read her first book I needed to remind myself of the important points. It was a little like reading an Agatha Christie, you know who’s done it, but this time you read it for the clues.
The Psychopath picks up her life after the trial of Will Jordan and the continuing impact of this man on her life (she has two children by him and was left homeless with a mountain of debt). Mary turns detective to find the other women in his life – she believes there may be as many as 40 children conceived by this ‘infertile’ man and he juggles around five women at a time.
She also explores what makes a Psychopath and why they do what they do. She answers a few of the puzzles in The Bigamist and, believe me, when you read these books you may well be looking at your partners in a new light and hopefully think he/she isn’t that bad after all!
Mary Turner-Thomson will be interviewed and taking questions at the Inspiring Women Awards lunch on May 14, 2021. Online tickets available here.