by Patricia Weenolsen
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Paperback: 550 pages
A Novel of Psychological Suspense
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reminds us that 58,000 boys and girls are abducted by strangers every year. Those who survive may be returned home or held prisoner indefinitely. Many suffer physical, emotional or mental abuse, becoming so traumatized that they develop serious mental illness such as Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly Multiple Personality). Mindstalker is a unique fictional case history, written by a psychologist. It begins with the abduction and traces how the disorder might develop.
Five-year-old Robbie is kidnapped from the care of his ten-year-old sister, Becca, in 1985. He now lives with kindhearted Kenny and his brutal lover, Carl, who coerces the boy’s participation in pornographic films. To defend himself against Carl’s assaults, Robbie splits into various identities. They deal with the outside world, take the pain, and create a meaningful life through art, gradually replacing his lost family. Over the years, however, more ominous personalities emerge, stalking, torturing, and killing in appropriately artful ways. Eventually they attack the family and plan vengeance on Becca.
Guilt-filled Becca has grown up to become a Seattle psychologist, counseling children who have lost siblings. When she discovers frightening signs of intrusion in her home and hospital office, her colleague-lover asks: could she be doing this to herself?