“I read the author's sample article in The Chronicle and was both fascinated and reminded of my own past experiences with online stalkers. Now, having finally read the book (in one sitting, too), I'm somewhat disappointed.
The passages in which he explains the events of the stalking and his own reactions, introspection, and actions, are all very interesting. If the entire book consisted of these, it would be about half the length but much better overall.
However, either for padding or out of a need to further detail the situation, the author spends pages at a time (and the entire middle third of the book) retelling Arthurian legends and books he's read, exploring Israeli history, and expounding on anti-Semitism. These would be good subjects to read about in themselves, but presented in the middle of a stalker narrative, they quickly become annoying and distracting.
Ultimately I enjoyed some of the connections he made (such as between the poisoned 'crazy' son from Tintin and the unpredictable nature of his stalker), and his final comparison of the emails to the letters stuffed into the Wailing Wall (alternately harassing and begging) was both powerful and amusing. However, I feel like this was a bit of a bait-and-switch; the author tried to go deep and methodical, and ended up meandering.”