Scottish Review of Books: The Bigamist
In her online singles ad, Thomson explained, “I wake up every day believing something wonderful is going to happen...”. Well, if any book is ever likely to make a person think twice about thumbing a ride to Lovesville on the information superhighway, The Bigamist is it. A single mum in her mid-thirties, Thomson was contacted by Will Jordan, an apparently successful IT consultant. He proposed to the smitten Thomson within a month, who accepted despite his tendency to disappear for long periods at short notice and without explanation. When she threatened to end the romance, Jordan told her he was a CIA agent. Although practically every paragraph in the book from that moment on contains a fresh reason to dump Jordan, Thomson comes to defend her fiancé with cult-like credulity. Of course, it was all nonsense.
Far from being Jason Bourne, Jordan was a bigamist, fraudster, and wanted for firearms offences, not to mention on the sex offenders register. Quite appropriate that this predator should strike in Edinburgh; he makes Deacon Brodie look like Nelson Mandela. Plainly told, in contrast to the ever more fantastical tale itself, The Bigamist is a hell of a story, a text book case of ‘marrying in haste”
Reviewed in Scottish Review of Books Volume 4 Number 1