Under the pseudonym Kate Brennan, a real woman tells her true story of being stalked for thirteen years. In His Sights starts just before Kate meets her stalker, continued through the story of their relationship – a romance that lasted a couple of years, and ends today – at which point we know from the first chapter she is still being stalked.
Her stalker is unusually tenacious. He’s wealthy, so he can afford to hound her as long as he wants by paying others to take all the risks and do all the dirty work. Her case is unusually chilling, and the first person narrative makes her life so vivid you may find yourself checking over your shoulder. In fact, the book could have a triggering effect if you’ve ever dealt with a man like “Paul.”
Paul is charming, successful, wealthy. He seems to be a progressive thinker and feminist ally. Kate meets him through some relatives who don’t seem at all like they could be part of the dysfunctional family that breeds people like Paul. And Paul is going through a trauma when Kate first meets him, which causes Kate to misinterpret his erratic behavior and refusal to share for coping (they are in fact a sign of his mental condition).
Kate is a smart, educated woman who supports and agrees with many tenets of feminism. She’s dealt successfully with addicts and dysfunction in her own family, so she’s not naive. And yet she finds herself being stalked. She’s very frank about the red flags she missed in hindsight, but she also makes it clear that even if she’d picked up on the flags, there’s no guarantee it would have prevented the stalking. The book exposes the flaws in assigning blame to the victims of stalkings, and in suggesting if women are smart enough or strong enough, they’ll avoid men like Paul.
In His Sights goes on sale August 5, 2008.