A Kidnapped Mind by Pamela Richardson, Dundurn Press, 2006. Available through www.akidnappedmind.com Pamela Richardson’s book describes how her ex-husband’s hateful drive to keep their son away from her succeeded, and destroyed their son in the process.
The Divorce from Hell by Wendy Dennis, Macfarlane Walter & Ross, 1998. This one may be hard to find but it is worth searching for – try online and your local library. A link to an award-winning article which tells a shorter version of the story can be found on the author’s website: www.wendydennis.com/pdfs/199602-TorontoLife-TheDivorceFromHell.pdf Wendy Dennis tells about the divorce of her then-partner and his ex wife, and how his formerly close and happy relationship with his daughters was ruined by parental alienation.
These two books reflect the true experiences of two different families, and what happens in both cases is terribly sad. Pamela Richardson’s story is especially heartbreaking. Reading them will prepare you for how badly things can go, and you will be forearmed with the knowledge painfully earned by the authors. Although these stories unfold in Canada in the nineties and the 2000s, the unhelpful attitudes of many of the professionals involved and the inability of the legal and child welfare systems to effectively deal with parental alienation unfortunately persist today in most of the world. I particularly recommend them for readers looking to work with professionals in Vancouver and Toronto respectively, because names are named.