Reviews for Mindstalker
What ever happened to that kidnapped boy on the milk carton?
“When I see Amber Alerts or “Missing!” flyers, I always stop to look closely at them. Who knows, maybe I can be the one to spot and save them like Elizabeth Smart was saved. But for those who are never recovered, what ever happened to them? No matter what horrible situation you can conjure up, it will not compare to what happens to this little boy, kidnapped from a playground right in front of his big sister. Both repelling and mesmerizing, this is the kind of book you have to start when you have several hours to read, because you won’t be able to turn the pages fast enough. Definitely not for the faint of heart!”
–Purse Lover “Antique Purse Society Member”
February 16, 2011
review on: Amazon.com
Fascinating and Terrifying Portrait of Child Sexual Abuse and its Aftermath
When I read the synopsis of Mindstalker I wasn’t even sure I wanted to read it. After all, it was about the sexual and emotional abuse of a young boy, but a psychology student friend recommended it to me with the promise of a glimpse into how such abuse fractures the mind and causes it to develop multiple personalities to deal with the abuse, and that was enough to overcome my reservations. I’m so glad I decided to read it. Although parts of it were difficult to get through because of their graphic and heinous nature, the truth is that abuse does occur and the resulting emotional mayhem for the victims is worth examining if only to aid them in their recovery. As a story it was both unpredictable and suspenseful as I hoped against hope that little Robbie would somehow remain exempt from the torture. And the way his various personalities emerged to help him cope was absolutely fascinating. The author is a psychologist and so was able to communicate exactly how this happens. I would recommend this book to students and anyone else interested in the psychology behind abuse, provided they can stomach the realistic and brutal depictions of violence against children that must be acknowledged to be dealt with. Kudos to Dr. Weenolsen for taking on this tough issue without flinching and for writing a damn good story in the process.
Mindstalker — Couldn’t Put it Down!
By A Chicago Historical Novel Fan (Chicago, Illinois)
First the book title pulled me in. The book cover followed — such a beautiful portrait. But then the story unfolded and the writing took hold and I was hooked. Won’t tell you any more as it will spoil it for you.
Mindstalker hits it out of the park!
Fans of Weenolsen’s and newbies to her work, will be grateful for this thrilling psychological masterpiece! I could not close this book! If i did not get up at 4a.m. for work, i would have only left this book to shower and eat. Anyone fascinated with multiple personality disorder developement will find this book riveting!
Gripping Psychological Thriller
Not since The Silence of the Lambs have I been so riveted by a psychological thriller. I was captivated by the little boy and all the people he became in order to save himself. Mindstalker remains with me months after I’ve finished it. At night, I turn out the light and plan how to keep my own children safe.
by Patricia Weenolsen
Paperback: 550 pages