12-06-2012 02:59 AM
Hi, this is what I recollect of the book I read.......first let me explain it is NOT In His Sights by Kate Brennan.
This book is written (possibly a memoir) by a woman who was stalked by her spouse. It is a TRUE story. It starts with her meeting this man at a health clinic he owned. She sees him several times (?) and finally they develop a relationship. They have a business selling health supplements. He is possessive, he cuts her off from family and friends (including her own children). He is abusive and she is desparate to get away, and she does with help from family and friends. He always finds her. She finally is alone and he comes to her home (I think with a gun) and is completely out of control. She telephones a mutual friend (the only mutual friend they have left, and as she explains the only friend that has stuck by him). She phones that friend to come and try and talk to her estranged spouse, hoping he can diffuse the situation. What happens is I believe that the friend gets the gun away (he might kill the spouse), but in the process the friend survives as does the author of the book (the wife, or common law spouse, the woman who was stalked and terrorized again and again). The ending of the book talks ( this is the best of my recollection) about her guilt that their friend ended up hurt and blind.
I am positive that this woman says she now lives a quiet life on Orcas Island Washington and has her family back in her life. I know her parents (I think her Dad mostly) helps her move and try and get away from her stalker many times. . I believe that this women talks about the fact she was Norwegian, she was a physically active woman . She is not a young woman when she starts this relationship with this man.
Recently (in the past two years) I read an article in the Reader's Digest about the man who came to try and help. He describes the horror of what happened and the fact that he has lost his sight as a result of the incident (shot by the stalker?) and he has reclaimed his life.
I have searched authors on Orcas Isand. I have phoned the Orcas Island bookstore. I have searched memoirs about stalking and have tried to search online for the story of the man who survived and he wrote that he never thought that this man would be so crazed. I think her name was Anne, but I could be wrong. What I clearly remember:
She became a spouse to an abusive man.
He would not let her leave and when she did he found her over and over again.
He isolated her from her family.
They had a business selling health products, it had financial problems.
He was a liar and also committed fraud.
He told her he would never let her go......
I know this is a lot of information,but maybe I don't have it quite right. I am quite certain he is dead (the stalker), I do know she survived.
If anyone can think of what this book is called or ithe name of the author. Or, if anyone can recall the article (I can't find the issue) in the readers digest where the man describes this story and his current life now.e.
I cannot believe no matter what I put in my search engine- that nothing comes up and that the Orcas Island bookstore was not familiar with the story. Of course it is because In His Sights by Kate Brennan has been a huge success and a story that is everywhere online.
Thank you so much for trying to help me find this book. I cannot get it out of my mind!
12-11-2012 02:33 PM
Could it be In His Sights by Kate Brennan? It doesn't have the ending you mentioned but it's a few years old and there may have been an update to the story that you saw somewhere?
12-15-2012 11:11 PM
Thank kyou, it is not "In His Sights" unfortunately....it is driving me mad....maybe I am combining two stories that I have read!
thanks for trying to help!
12-21-2012 03:51 PM
Sorry. I spent a bunch of time looking for the book and that was the closest I found and then didn't bother to re-read the original post (or even the first line...silly me). It does sound very interesting and I'd love to know what the title is.
12-22-2012 12:34 AM
thank you for looking and trying so hard to find it.....ugh it is driving me crazy! maybe it is no longer in print or something!
12-22-2012 01:54 AM
thanks for trying to help and i hope you get my message!! Well worth the read- I think, as it has held my interest for years, the actual events took place in the 1990's.....