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This was another one of those paperbacks I borrowed from a girl in middle school, around 1992 or so. The main character was a recently divorced woman moving into an apartment. I think that the ex had been abusive in some way and she'd obtained a restraining order. Initially, things go well for her. The neighbors are friendly, particularly a kind of geeky guy nearby her. But after a while, she starts receiving packages from a stalker who claims they're always watching her (at one point, one of the letters contains either lyrics or a recorded version of Sting's "Every Breath You Take", which she found kind of silly, and started making up other lyrics including things like "Every cake you bake", etc), someone keeps smashing in her windows with no trace of how, she's got a feeling of extreme dread and the presence of something otherworldly when she visits the laundry room, and she finds the stray kitten she adopted dead, with its eyes clawed out. I remember that she suspected her ex for a while, but something happened that proved to her that it could not have been him.

I do remember a decent amount of the ending:

It turns out that the geeky neighbor is the one stalking her. He'd devised some sort of sonic weapon, which he was using to try to make her scared enough to run to him. The shattered windows were the result of high frequencies and the feeling of an otherworldly presence was the result of subsonics. I want to say that he indicated that the kitten had been a mistake as he hadn't realized what it would do to a creature with more sensitive hearing.

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Ok, I don't at all remember the ending to this book, but the beginning with the divorced woman and the cat dying seemed to ring a bell with me. Could it be Night Stalker? Alexandra Carlson is a divorced female artist who has just moved to a house in Reno, when suddenly anonymous phone calls start and her cat turns up dead.

  • That looks very likely. I'll have to find a copy to confirm it, but you have my upvote from the start. – FuzzyBoots Mar 16 '16 at 19:17
  • Out of curiosity, did you arrive at it via a search, or had you read it before? – FuzzyBoots Mar 17 '16 at 2:57
  • Bit of both. I found the title via search, but I was pretty sure that if I hadn't read the book you were describing (I don't remember the sonic thing), I remembered something very similar. I think I picked it up from a charity shop when I was a kid. – Lydia Mar 17 '16 at 21:32
  • Finished the book. I'm sorry, but it's not the right one. I may check out the other books she wrote, though. Apparently, most of them have very similar plots. – FuzzyBoots Mar 20 '16 at 2:48
  • Sorry I couldn't help. :-( – Lydia Mar 20 '16 at 16:11

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