Review: A Tangled Web by Leslie Rule

Posted 12 August, 2020 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: A Tangled Web by Leslie Rule
Title: A Tangled Web
Author: Leslie Rule
Published by Citadel Press
Date Published: 28 April, 2020
Pages: 304
Genres: True Crime
Format: ARC
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In the tradition of her acclaimed mother, Ann Rule, author of The Stranger Beside Me, bestselling author Leslie Rule delivers a riveting true story for our time--as she exposes the years-long trail of a sadistic sociopath, identity thief, and killer at the dark heart of a real-life fatal attraction . . .

It was a bleak November in 2012 when Cari Lea Farver vanished from Omaha, Nebraska. Cari, thirty-seven, was a devoted mother, reliable employee, and loyal friend--not the type to shirk responsibilities, abandon her son, and run off on an adventure while her dying father took his last breaths. Yet, the many texts from her phone indicated she had done just that.

It appeared that Cari had dumped her new boyfriend, quit her job, and relinquished custody of her son to her mother--all by text. While Cari's boyfriend, Dave Kroupa, and her supervisor were bewildered by her abrupt disappearance, they accepted the texts at face value. Her mother, Nancy Raney, however, was alarmed and reported Cari missing. Police were skeptical of her claims that a cyber impostor had commandeered her daughter's phone and online identity.

While Nancy was afraid for Cari, Dave Kroupa was growing afraid of her, for he believed Cari was stalking him. Never seen or heard, the stalker was aware of his every move and seemed obsessed by his casual girlfriend, Shanna "Liz" Golyar, often calling her "a fat whore" in the twelve thousand emails and texts he received in a disturbing three-year deluge.

How did the stalker know Dave's phone numbers immediately after he changed them, the names of his lady friends, even what he wore as he watched TV? He and Liz reported death threats, vandalism, and burglaries, but the stalker remained at large. The threats were vicious, vile and often obscene, sent mostly via text and always in Cari's name. There was some truth in the messages, but all of them contained one big lie. The culprit was not Cari -- but had killed and planned to kill again.

With mesmerizing detail and compelling narrative skill, Leslie Rule tracks every step of the heart-pounding path to long-awaited justice--from a sociopath's twisted past to the deadly deception and the high-tech forensics that condemned the killer to prison, where the tangled web of manipulations still draws trusting souls into danger.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Author/Publisher and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.

My Thoughts
I’m a huge fan of true crime stories and talented authors. A TANGLED WEB is a book that delivers both of those to me! I loved reading this story. The instensity that this book has within it’s pages is absolutely masterful. I felt every bit the scorned lover, and every bit the victim. It was a whirlwind of ups and downs, to say the very least!

Leslie Rule’s talent shines just like her mothers did. She took all the pieces of this crime and wrapped them up in a form that reader’s will understand. The minuscule details, the breathtaking moments of a crime of jealousy, the instense way that Rule makes the reader feel like they are the ones seeking justice, all of it is wrapped up into this page turning, edge of your seat book. Definitely a 4 star read!

About Leslie Rule

Leslie Rule’s true crime debut, A Tangled Web, covers a frightening Omaha love triangle murder. “I chose this case because I want to warn readers that the female sadistic sociopath may be the most dangerous killer of all.” A veteran author for over three decades, Rule’s other works include two suspense novels and five nonfiction books on the paranormal, including Coast to Coast Ghosts–True Stories of Hauntings Across America. Rule was only seventeen when she started attending murder trials with her mother, author Ann Rule. “It was my job to shoot the killers–not with a gun, but with my camera,” says Leslie. Many of her courtroom photographs have appeared in her mother’s books. In addition to her bestselling books, Leslie has published dozens of articles in national magazines, including First for Women, Woman’s World and Reader’s Digest.

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