After more than a decade of being stalked by a former boyfriend, a woman writing under the name Kate Brennan is about to publish a book, “In His Sights” (HarperCollins), which the New York Times calls one of the first full-length memoirs of a stalking victim. She describes a campaign of surveillance, break-ins, severed phone lines, and creepy confrontations after her decision to leave “Paul,” a charming but distant adventurer with serious relationship issues. The stalking, which continues sporadically today, is at once bizarre, terrifying and, owing to Paul's deep pockets, maddeningly relentless and difficult to trace. It led the author to move 16 times in 16 months.
Brennan, 58, who the Times says comes across as nobody's idea of a victim, hopes her memoir would help give voice to the million women and several hundred thousand men who, according to government statistics, are stalked each year in this country, usually by ex-lovers. Her decision, possibly to provoke her stalker by writing the book, but to preserve some privacy by giving herself and her stalker pseudonyms is, she acknowledges, hard to explain. Her true identity and that of Paul were revealed to the Times so that the newspaper could confirm the outlines of her case.