Stalked: A dangerous predator. A life lived in fear. A terrifying true story.
Alison Hewitt was in the midst of training to be a family doctor when she met Al Amin Dhalla through an exclusive dating agency. He was a seemingly respectable businessman from Canada, so attentive and caring it was easy to ignore the warning signs - until he started, step by step, to take over her life.
Six months after they first met Al Amin's web of lies started to unra...more
Stalked is the first-hand, harrowing story of Alison Hewitt’s relationship with Al Amin Dhalla, a charming fellow who quickly went from being a kind, considerate gentleman she met through a dating service, to a crazed, obsessed, armed ex-boyfriend.
The writing is clear and fluid. The characters are tormented and scarred, as well as relentless and vicious. And the plot, using first-person narration, unfolds chronologically, building tension and intrigue as it unravels ...more
I really enjoyed this memoir and empathised about what Alison went through with her sociopath ex Al, the extremes he went to hell bent on revenge was terrifying I can’t imagine what Alison and her family went through, I felt drawn to Alison’s kind and down to earth personal ...more
That is just the start. The author's family had reservations abo ...more
This story is gripping from start to finish. I felt for Alison and she was able to explain her life at that time very well. It is obvious that she is not a writer at heart and sometimes the prose pulled me out of the story, but the brutal honesty was what kept me going.
This book is important as it raises awareness of what is still a massive problem in our society and as portrayed in this book the law does little to po ...more
Stalking in particular I think is quite scary because it can come in many different forms. In the ...more
I didn't think the way the so called doctor referred to people with personality disorder as crazy was acceptable. Having mental health has its labels certainly but referring to people with that condition as crazy I thought was narrow ...more
I received this book in exchange for my honest review.
This is an incredible read. It shows so many aspects as to why you shouldn’t use online dating to find someone. It also shows how important it is to take your time getting to really know someone before moving in with them. Learn beliefs, about their family, dating history, friends, work acquaintances, etc. Take your time!
This story builds as you read on, the tension grows to alarming heights and it’s just hard to fathom that a wom ...more
This was one of my first non-fiction reads, in a while. I needed some time to process my thoughts on this one after reading. I read tons of suspense, domestic thrillers (these tend to be my jam) but none have shook me the way this story has, because of it being someone's actual reality and not just a fictional tale.
The terror that Alison lived through is scary and ...more
The writing was fluid but, as a Canadian, I did find some words, phrases and shortforms unfamiliar to me that must be common in the UK. This was not problematic since context was helpf ...more
While I did like this book a lot, it didn’t move very quickly in some parts.