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From Barnes & NobleBarnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers
"I'll see you again." This casual phrase, appearing early in this tale of a woman tracked by a stalker, set the stage for the unnerving events to come. Narrator Kate has just met Paul, the handsome, wealthy relative of a neighbor. Kate, an emotionally wounded daughter of an alcoholic family, is skittish about a relationship; nonetheless, she finds herself falling in love with Paul and ensnared in a grotesque scenario that continues years after their relationship ends.
Beneath his charming surface, Paul is a cipher, refusing to discuss his past at any length. However, it isn't long before Kate discovers his perverse sex life. Although he claims to love her, he lies and bullies her. As her own outrage escalates, Kate is still drawn to help Paul, to make the relationship work, until she realizes: "We make our monsters even more dangerous each time we give them a pass."
Gathering her courage, she breaks away, but Paul hounds her until a noose has been drawn around her life. A cry of pain and defiance, Kate's heartrending story reads like a thriller, revealing her as a victimized woman but one who refuses to be silenced. For Kate (writing under a pseudonym for her safety), the act of telling her story is to draw a line in the sand, showing her tormentor that though he can make her suffer, her spirit will not be crushed. (Fall 2008 Selection)