Present Tense A Story of Rape and Revenge
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Why I wrote this book
What does a woman do when her peaceful life is threatened by being virtually forced to confront her rapist years later? And he is aggrieved? I have known victims who have buried the crime, and moved on, and what interested me is the horror of a woman having to face the issue again.
Karen Stamford is a happily married woman with twin adopted daughters. She lives with her husband in a prosperous town in upper New York State. She’s a high-flying finance executive. The Stamfords have a comfortable life.
Into this scene comes Dwight Chadwin and his wealthy second wife. Lives in this community intersect at the golf and country clubs. Karen recognises Chadwin at the golf club as the man who raped her ten years before, but was aquitted of the charge. It is inevitable that they will meet.
She is devastated. What should she do? Tell her husband about this episode in the past which she thought she had closed off? Persuade him that the family should leave town? She tries to persuade Chadwin that they should ignore each other. He disagrees, and threatens her reputation. He pursues her, seeking revenge for the humiliation he faced in the trial. Karen’s world is shattered. Finally, they meet at the Stamford’s lonely summer cottage in the country. The end is tragic but there is a twist in the tale.