As an introvert who’d most of the time rather be at home alone with my dogs than out anywhere in public, this book immediately grabbed my attention. Then, when I opened it and saw that it was dedicated to “weirdos”, I knew I had no choice but to read it. It was like it was written expressly for me.
The titular introvert reminds me very much of Dexter. He’s not only an introvert, but also a psychopath who lacks empathy for his fellow humans. That’s not to say he’s a raging madman, because he’s not. Like Dexter, he has a certain code of conduct that he lives by. He has an understanding of what society would consider right and wrong, and he does feel at least some remorse for his actions. He’s capable of compassion and caring, as demonstrated by how he cares for his dog, Molly. He just has some...shall we say, impulse control issues?
This was a nice quick read, which I love. It was well written and I found the hero to be endlessly fascinating. (What can I say? I loved Dexter, and I was a psych major in college. This was my kind of dude.)
But this isn’t a story that everyone will like and relate to. If you’re not OK with a man committing cold-blooded murder (even if the reasons were somewhat noble) and going about his business afterwards as if nothing happened, you might want to skip this one. If you’re hoping for nonstop action, this also is not a story for you. There’s quite a bit of description of the introvert’s daily activities, which some readers won’t enjoy, but that I found necessary to the story. (The details might read as boring to some, but I saw them for what they were: set up to how the introvert managed his impulses. Schedule and routine were very important to him. Variations from schedule and routine resulted in, er, problems of the “red and open” variety.)
My only real gripe about the story was the character of Donna, the introvert’s girlfriend. Much like Rita, Dexter’s girlfriend, Donna was a weak-willed, sniveling woman with obvious self-esteem issues. Her tolerance of the introvert’s oddities and his lack of genuine concern for her feelings made her come across as TSTL (Too Stupid To Live).
But, the very Rita-like Donna character notwithstanding, I very much enjoyed the story and would recommend it to fans of Dexter and psychological stories of all kinds.
Full disclosure: the author generously provided a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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