The Blunderer - Patricia Highsmith

One the one hand Clara seems to be the perfect wife. When Walter comes down with the flu she

 

briskly assembled around him everything he would need - cigarettes and matches, books, a glass of water and Kleenex.

 

On the other hand Clara is a sociopath.

 

There is a blurb by Gillian Flynn on my edition and it feels like Clara is the inspiration for Flynn´s character Amy from Gone Girl. At first glance they seem to be perfect, but deep down they are manipulative and self-absorbed. I almost feel sorry for Walter to be stuck with a woman like this.