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Stalked: A dangerous predator. A life lived in fear. A terrifying true story.

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  418 ratings  ·  48 reviews

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

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Kindle Edition, 305 pages
Published August 28th 2014 by Pan
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Zoe
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Honest, perceptive, and eerie!

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
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Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
Thanks to PGC Books for a free copy of this book for review. This is the true story of Alison Hewitt and her terrifying experience of being stalked. Alison is an intelligent young woman in the middle of completing her medical residency. She has been so consumed with work and has neglected her social life. On the advice of a friend she joins a reputable dating service. She meets Al through the dating service and finds herself very compatible with him. They enter into a relationship and Al increas ...more
Charmaine Saliba
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ALL WOMEN ESPECIALLY THE YOUNGEST who are on online dating or are consider to try it. Alison is training to become a doctor, and this has an impact on her social life. Her friend recommended her to try a dating site, and she does, not knowing that her life will change forever. This is a true story.
Stephanie (earlgreyreads)
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Stalked is an account of one woman’s relationship that turns into something completely one-sided, obsessive, and abusive. It is terrifying and brutally honest. In her thirties, Alison is somewhat settled in Brighton in her later years of medical school, and she decides she is ready to start dating. Through a high-end dating website, she meets Al Dhalla. The two get on really well and start a relationship. Soon after that he is moving in with her, and pushing for marriage. She is happy for a few ...more
Chelsea
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve recently re discovered my love for biographies specifically memoirs. The very first memoir book I read when I was ten years old was a child called it, it opened me up to a world where I never knew such cruelty can exist.
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
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Damaskcat
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A busy doctor decides to join an upmarket dating agency to find a possible life partner. One of the first people she meets is Al - nice looking, considerate, fun to be with and interested in her. So far so good and it seemed as though the author had found someone she could consider sharing her life with. But she wants to take things slowly and when Al wants to move in with her she resists until he presents her with a fait accompli.

That is just the start. The author's family had reservations abo
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Silvia
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the book. Although it’s a bit psycho but it somehow has shown us how annoying an insecured person can be. Al has gone insane all because of he is too much in love but due to the level of the intensity of his mentality is too strong that he could not control himself, those love has turned to a disaster!
Theresa
Nov 01, 2014 rated it liked it
An okish book if only to highlight the trauma etc of stalking.I did get very irritated at what I felt was Alisons stupidity and dragging this relationship out.That said I also feel it might be so easy to get trapped in these things and feel helpless as to what to do.
Renee
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I randomly picked up this book a few years ago and I finally read it this week.

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
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Charlotte
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Good book
Book Addict Shaun
Sep 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
I went through a phase a couple of years ago of reading loads of those true story books, about child abuse or people who had come from a bad upbringing only to overcome it and go on and live their life. They can often be somewhat depressing and it's weird to think how well they sell. What's the reason for reading them? Often they can go into far too much detail that it's almost perverse to read them.

Stalking in particular I think is quite scary because it can come in many different forms. In the
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Sabrina Stobbs
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was one of the crappest books I've read in a while! Pretty boring for the most part. The hardest thing about it was the amount of spelling and grammar Mistakes. There were up to five per page every three or so pages. It's the worst produced book I've ever read.
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
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Sarah
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was really gripped by this book, read it in just over 24 hrs - unusual for me as I am a slow reader. I really felt for the victim and her family although I have to say, as an outsider following the story, Alison did seem a little naive for a 35 year old professional woman as it did seem to me that there were frequent warning signs that all was not well in the relationship and she was being conned / manipulated. I also couldn't understand why, despite all this, she chose to go to Canada with hi ...more
Rachel 💚
Stalking has always fascinated me as a topic. How someone could be that way inclined to become so obsessive over someone that it affects every aspect of their life. This true story is shocking and gut wrenching and it will not cease to amaze you how far one man will go. A must read and a great start to the reading year.
Christine Barnacle

A true story which held me and would make most women think before going online for a date.

The writer showed true guts not to let him ruin her life completely
Alex Bromley
Dec 28, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a memoir about a British doctor who meets a man named Al on an exclusive dating service. Al seems sweet and thoughtful. He plans them nice dates, he cooks her dinners and he buys he gifts. Overall, he seems like a perfect gentlemen. However things start to get intense. After he proposes only a few months into their relationship Alison starts to realize he wants to move a lot faster than she wants. Then things get weird and then things get scary. This is Allison's story of being stalked b ...more
J.L. Slipak
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
MY THOUGHTS:
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
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Sonica
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you, PGC Books for my copy of this gripping non-fiction read, in exchange for my honest review. This title released March 1.

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
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Dianne Kaucharik
I highly recommend this memoir to young women on the dating scene. What an impactful reminder to watch for any warning signs of an unhealthy relationship and to get out early! This was a (near) worst case scenario in which a mother's intuition was spot on in the early stages! Another lesson...listen to your mother!

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
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Laura Dahlman
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My only real complaint is the spelling errors you normally don't get so many and it was a bit offputting.That being said despite the editing mistakes, I think this is a really important story to illustrate how quickly things can escalate when you have an unhinged person in your life who doesn't really act the way normal people do and how women end up in these situations. The thing that really struck me was how lucky Alison was to have money and a supportive family to help her out of the situatio ...more
Ashley
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
It is a horrendous thing that happened to Alison, but this book was painful to read. From the multiple grammar mistakes to her almost talking in third-person as if it happened to someone else, but she still used "me" and "I" like in first-person. She used the word "had" way too many times and in sentences that made more sense without the unnecessary use of the word "had". This is a traumatic experience and she almost writes it as if she is writing a grocery list, emotionless. There were parts of ...more
Cait R
Repetitive. Slow. Anti-climatic. Ugh. It is horrible to say these things about someone's work of art, let alone the story they tell about their life but unfortunately, I don't feel it was necessary to share this story over a whole book. An article - sure. A one-hour documentary - okay. Interviews on daytime TV to tell your story and spread awareness - great. A 304-page account of exactly what happened, repeated so many times you start to wonder if you have read that page before - extremely borin ...more
Becci
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Could not put it down. I was hooked from the first page. Was hugely frustrated during the first part of the book that it took her so long to realize how crazy he was. Despite the fact he never directly was physically violent with her it was a terrifying account. He really comes across as super detached and unhinged.
Ceallaigh Johnson
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's alarming how women today can still be in a position to be controlled by men! Alison is educated, and still wasn't able to see through her own nightmare around her. Through no fault of her own managed to even have her family and friends involved in this mind boggling obsession. Very well written, and a very quick read.
Soleil Matteau-Gonthier
A very good book that depicts how easy it is to find yourself in toxic relationships. This book is relatable if you’ve ever found yourself in a similar situation. This book can be slow at times, but it is very much worth the time. I think that all teenagers should read this book to be aware of how easy it is to fall for a predator, no matter how smart or alert you are.
Elaina
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It is amazing the things Alison endured, in the relationship she was in. Being a victim of stalking myself it sure hit home on many levels. I am so happy to see that she has carried on to help others in similar situations.
While I did like this book a lot, it didn’t move very quickly in some parts.
Yvonne
Jul 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Her story is sadly too common. She’s fortunate not to have crossed into the femicide statistics. Disturbing because through her account you realize how quickly a bad situation becomes terrifying and spiral out of control.
Holly Salisbury
Possibly one of my favourite books I’ve ever read. A true reflection of possessiveness within relationships. The story touched me and I really love how honest and open Alison is about a traumatic life experience. I’d recommend this book to anyone who loves readying<33 ...more
Marie
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terrifying account of stalking.
Kaitlin Graham
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So creepy and very sad that this is a NON-FICTION book. I found it very interesting and easy to read despite how horrific Alison’s experience was.
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