The Psychopath Whisperer: A Review

I know, you guys, so many reviews.  I apologize, but I don’t really.  Because this is my space and I can write what I want.  But, hear me out, because this was an interesting read.

The Psychopath Whisperer was written by Dr. Kent Kiehl.  Dr. Kiehl wrote about his experiences working with Psychopaths in a maximum security prison.  While it was fascinating, it wasn’t at all what I expected it to be.  I have a bit of a morbid fascination with serial killers. It’s not the kind where I aspire to be one (BECAUSE EW GROSS. NEVER.). It’s more along the lines of how I just can’t possibly understand how anyone would lack so much human emotion.  To me, that’s one of the scariest parts about serial killers and psychopaths–they’re just inexplicably emotionless.  (The other scariest part is that they tend to be just your average, well-liked guy. THEN BAM! Surprise, Serial Killer! WHO CAN WE TRUST???)

Dr. Kiehl did his graduate work on the brain functions of psychopaths.  He interviewed them and performed MRI brain scans to see if it was a condition that was caused by brain development (or lack thereof).  This book, more or less, chronicles his research and professional development–but not in a way that toots his own horn, more in just a way that explains what he has done.  However, I was expecting it to be more about the experiences he had working with psychopaths. Granted, for a bit, it was. He did tell about some specific psychopaths, but I would have preferred it to be more about that and less about his research.

The end of the book did have kind of a crazy twist, which I loved.  And, even though  it really wasn’t at all what I expected, I still really enjoyed it. I’d give it 3.5/5 stars.

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.


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