Friday, September 5, 2008

In His Sights: A True Story of Love and Obsession-Kate Brennan

In His Sights: A True Story of Love and Obsession
Kate Brennan
Harper, Aug 2008, $24.95
ISBN: 9780061451607

Upon meeting affluent charming Paul, Kate thinks he is handsome and nice; however she is hesitant to have any relationships as her family of alcoholics has taught her how destructive and dangerous that is. Still she cannot resist his lure and they start seeing each other exclusively. However as he insists her loves her, he begins to intimidate and threaten her even as she begins to catch his lies. Refusing to be like her mom, Kate becomes angrier with each escalating incident, but not just at her terrorizing boyfriend. She is upset with herself for constantly forgiving his ugly assaults until she realizes she helped make the monster with each “pass” she gave him. She broke off, but that did not stop him from stalking her.

From the seemingly innocuous but lethal "I'll see you again" to the realization that short of one of them dying, this will never end, readers obtain a chilling no holds barred true life look at abusive relationships with an emphasis on stalking. Not easy to read (nor I assume to write) this is must reading as an eye opening stunner. With a low ball estimate of almost 600,000 women stalked annually by their “cherished” partner, Kate Brennan bares her soul while raising a major social issue as a victim who refuses to remain silent though knowing she is still IN HIS SIGHTS.
Harriet Klausner