The Perfect Sociopath

I have just finished reading and reviewing Gone Girl. Gillian Flynn has created the perfect antisocial character. By the way, antisocial in psychological terms does not refer to someone who hates parties. It has the same meaning as sociopath or psychopath. The telling characteristics are remorselessness and a willingness to manipulate or harm others for his or her own gain or pleasure. Sociopaths are often bright and charming, as is Flynn’s character. So they’re not all serial killers; they simply manipulate their victims most of the time to get what they want. Speaking of manipulation, Flynn has crafted her novel so eloquently that the reader follows her right down one blind alley after another.


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