In His Sights: A True Story of Love and Obsession

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What if the man you'd loved for years vows, when you leave him, to destroy you? What if he transforms into a ruthless tormentor, stealing your freedom, undermining your sanity, and threatening your safety?

This is not a fictional scenario. It is Kate Brennan's life.

Kate is a well-respected writer and scholar, a highly independent woman with simple tastes and a complicated romantic past that leave her perfectly content with singlehood. So when she meets Paul—a wealthy, charismatic businessman with a great deal of free time—she's wary of getting involved. Eventually, though, his polished charm and relentless wooing win her over. Things move quickly, and it is only after the two have moved in together that Kate discovers the serial infidelity, the unbalanced psyche, and the sordid secrets lurking under the Mr. Right facade.

Kate lets Paul into her life with trepidation, and when she ends the relationship, she finds she can't get him out of it. With limitless resources, he dedicates himself to stalking her: he tracks her movements, arranges for people to break into her home, interferes with her work, and even relocates to her new neighborhood. His harassment lasts for more than a decade and, as Paul is still at large, it continues to turn Kate's life upside down today.

This visceral memoir not only lays bare the mind of a stalker, but also shows how a smart, successful woman can fall prey to a warped and powerful man who has the money and connections to keep her under his watchful eye. Both frightening and insightful, In His Sights is a gripping tale of one woman's descent into the dark side of love and how she has fought—and still struggles—to free herself.

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Kate Brennan (an alias) is a freelance writer who focuses on women's issues. She has taught English and women's studies at several colleges. Her stalker remains at large.

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“A remarkable and very powerful story . . . [Brennan] conveys her own fear and mounting sense of physical discomfort so well that we feel it, too.” (Booklist (starred review))

“This is a chilling book. Brennan has magnificently described the obsession and the narcissism of the stalker and the horror of being stalked.” (Helen Fisher, Author of WHY WE LOVE and THE ANATOMY OF LOVE)

“This haunting book will flicker through your mind as you close the blinds at night and check the locks. It will make you glance back down the aisle in the grocery, and check your rearview mirror.” (Janine Latus, Author of IF I AM MISSING OR DEAD)

“Kate Brennan...writes so sharply of her ongoing, heart-wrenching hounding it feels as if she’s using a knife to tell her story. I couldn’t put this book down.” (Mary-Ann Tirone Smith, Author of GIRLS OF TENDER AGE: A Memoir)

“Kate Brennan knows the torment, tedium, and intermittent terror of being stalked. IN HIS SIGHTS captures it all.” (J. Reid Meloy, Ph.D., Forensic Psychologist and Author of VIOLENT ATTACHMENTS)

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