The Spider and the Fly: A Reporter, a Serial Killer, and the Meaning of Murder
“Extraordinarily suspenseful and truly gut-wrenching. . . . A must-read.” — Gillian Flynn, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Gone Girl
In this superb work of literary true crime—a spellbinding combination of memoir and psychological suspense—a female journalist chronicles her unusual connection with a convicted serial killer and her search to understand the...more
Rowe wrote about her daemons, realizing that she had them, and had to change her life. And it makes you realize we all have things about us that need changing for the better.
I would suggest this book to those who are interested in Psychology. Especially if you thing is studying the criminal mind and The Stockholm Syndrome. Abusers and criminals know how to turn their ...more
The result is unreadable. The book opens with an embarrassing ode to, of all things, the post office. The author enters a small town post office to pick up her mail. That would be the shor ...more
The Spider and the Fly is a blend of memoir and true crime. You can’t help but wonder how it could be possible. Maybe the writer is the criminal? That would definitely would be interesting, but this book has something just as bewitching. This piece of literature is journalist Claudia Rowe’s first book in which she chronicles her connection with serial killer Kendall Francois. Working for the New York Times in Poughkeepsie, New York, Claudia Rowe ...more
As you may have noticed from the other reviews, this book is not a retelling of a serial killer's crimes, how he did them, how he got away for so long, and eventually, how he got caught. This is much more about a (platonic) relationship between journalist and killer.
Rowe is a journalist who becomes obsessed with Kendall, a convicted convicted serial killer of eight women, and at times, reading about this deep fascination gets a little ...more
Sadly this is not the story that The Spider & the Fly tells, yes you get to hear tidbits of what happened with the murders, his arrest and prison sentence but essentially this book is a story about a reporter obsessed ...more
2017; Dey Street Books/HarperCollins
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I really really wanted to like this one! The cover, the synopsis, and the title all led me to think this was going to be a good one. There was no spider and fly, no suspense/tension, no intrigue and no meaning of murder...only part that was true was the serial killer. This book seemed to be all over the place. The first bit sets you up thinking it's going to be a true crime suspense but then it just turns flat. The communic ...more
The Spider and The Fly wants you to compare the tale of Claudia and Kendall to Lector and Clarice - a symbiotic relationship where the serial killer allows the naïve young woman to uncover the truth about themselves. However Claudia is no Clarice, and Kendall is a killer who was convenient to Claudia's tale and got stuck on the ride with her.
There is littl ...more
"They know how they're living is crazy. But they all had their secrets. There was something really bad going on in that family, and everyone was in on it. There's more bodies buries, so to speak, than just the bodies."
Is it bad that I didn't realize this was nonfiction until I finished the whole freaking book? Probably. Hey, it's not my fault I haven't heard of Kendall Francois from the little town of Poughkeepsie, New York! I guarantee most people haven't...maybe. I honestly thought it was ...more
Note: I received a free review copy of this book and was not compensated for it.
A killing spree spanning some four years and change in which 8 Poughkeepsie prostitutes we ...more
Every time the news reports a story of a serial killer, there is a part of me (and perhaps you) that is intrigued on some level --What makes a human so inhuman?
For Rowe, she acted upon that intrigue, and as a journalist, she craved assembling psychological insight that might reveal the answer. As Rowe delves deeper, a seemingly inevitable moral and emotional burden blurs her focus and ...more
She becomes a little too obsessed when her personal life comes crumbling down around her, she looses her house, boyfriend, and jobs.
I would give Claudia Rowe another shot if I were to come across another of ...more
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