Every Breath You Take Book Summary and Study Guide

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In this chilling book, a man hides most of his past from his current wife. He remarried for a third time and had two girls. They ended their relationship in divorce and a custody battle for the girls. At one point he gives up his paternity rights and she wins full custudy of the girls.
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He married for a fourth time and set out for revenge on the mother of his two girls. For him he did not want her to be happy. she was affraid for her life. She remarried and delivered quadruplites. Life seemed to be getting better when things took a horrifying turn for the worst.
The review of this Book prepared by Elaine Ward

Free Press, Oct 2001, 25.00, 500 pp.
ISBN: 0743202961

    People see a handsome and charming person, who can make anyone believe he is your best friend willing to do anything for you. However, he is actually an abusive, masochistic transvestite, who loathes all females. His two former wives remain scared to death of him and feel fortunate to have survived marriage to him and remain relatively sane.

    Sheila knows nothing about Allen's past and feels like the luckiest person alive when they marry. By the time they have two children, she knows she has married a monster who enjoys publicly humiliating her at any time. Gathering her courage, she tries to leave him, but he has plans to extort a cruel price by using their children as his means of control. When she remarries and has quadruplets with her new husband, Allen goes berserk and begins a harassment campaign that the military would be proud to adopt in Southern Iraq. Sheila and her husband move to another state, but Allen continues to harass her. The day comes when her throat is cut, but justice is not served time because her killer remains free and becomes the media's darling.

    Except for the fact that Ann Rule is the ruler of true crime, readers will find it difficult to accept that EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE is true crime and not fiction. Ms. Rule captures the essence of evil making it available for her audience to take a deep look inside a human monster. The investigation ands trial is exciting and as good as any legal thriller can be, leaving readers holding their breaths to see if justice prevails.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 50%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book The crook is....    -   stalking/killing innocents Crime Thriller    -   Yes Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   crazed lover/family member If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...    -   hunted by dangerous boy/girlfriend/spouse

Main Character

Gender    -   Male    -   Female Profession/status:    -   business executive Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American Unusual characteristics:    -   Cynical or arrogant


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas City:    -   wealthy

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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