Friday, August 28, 2009
Sixteen-year-old Porter Delancy believes he has his future figured out, but his nice, neat plans are shaken when a man he believes may be his father suddenly appears in his Toronto neighbourhood. Porter knows he wants nothing to do with the deadbeat dad who abandoned him and his sister 12 years earlier, but curiosity causes him to re-examine the past.
Unfortunately, actual memories are scarce and confusing, and much of what he knows is based on things his mother has told him. As Porter looks for answers, it begins to seem that all he's ever going to find are more questions.
Watcher wasn't an easy book for me to write. It deals with an issue that horrifies me, for many reasons - that being, Parental Alienation.
Parental Alienation is a form of abuse involving the destruction of a child's relationship with one parent, by the other. It is, for the most part, an unpunished crime.
Those who pay the highest price are the victims: the children, who are often programmed to become innocent participants in the attack against a parent with whom they formerly enjoyed a loving relationship. Their real memories are replaced with stories of abuse and abandonment.
Parental Alienation is a hate crime - a crime of lies and manipulation.
Our courts have been slow to recognize and act to protect the children of divorce who are affected by PA.
We pray for justice to prevail through truth and love.