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A Tangled Web

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  700 ratings  ·  239 reviews
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 Oma
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 28th 2020 by Citadel Press (first published 2020)
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May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a true story. I shudder to think that people like this walk among us. *shivers*

It's the early 90's and technology, social media, dating websites, while still very new, are quickly becoming all the rage. Dave Kroupa finds himself a single dad after a decade long relationship with their mother comes to an end. He's still young, lonely without the kids around, and interested in the dating scene. The last thing he wants is a commitment and he makes that clear to all the ladies he meets on P
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Relentless Terror In A True Crime Story!

Dave Kroupa is a mechanic and a recently divorced father of two who wants to wade his feet in the single life and decides to join a few of the online dating sites. Dave first meets Liz and they enjoy each others company but Dave does not want to get serious and wants to date other women but Liz wants a commitment plus she has a jealous streak and Dave doesn't want all the drama. Along comes very pretty Cari Lea Farber and they seem to hit it off right away
Valerity (Val)
I was so excited when I saw that there was a true crime book coming out by Leslie Rule, Ann Rule’s daughter, that I was beside myself! Now I just had to get my hands on an early copy to review. I struck out in the first place I tried, then it turned up in another and I got it then. I was really thrilled to get an advance copy of this book folks, Ann Rule was one of my favorite writers and dear people. I still have some books that she signed for me just for sending them to her. She also took the ...more
Katie B
I've read many true crime books over the years and of course a huge percentage of those books were written by Ann Rule. Leslie Rule is Ann's daughter and has written several novels but A Tangled Web is her first time tackling a true crime book.

In 2012, single mother Cari Lea Farver was reported missing by her mother. Dave Kroupa however believed Cari was stalking him and the woman he occasionally hooked up with, Shanna "Liz" Golyar. Dave and Liz received thousands of harassing texts and emails
Ruthy lavin
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
A really well researched account of the stuff of nightmares - the incessant, obsessive and evil stalking by a jealousy-crazed spurned lover.
Frightening, harrowing, and ultimately very sad.
A really interesting read for true crime fans everywhere.
Linda Strong
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing

This is a true story written by Leslie Rule ... daughter of Ann Rule. My mom was a big fan of true crime and Ann Rule was her favorite author. And because my mom read it, so did I .. under her very close attention.

An everyday man who wants just a casual relationship falls prey to a woman who wants way more than he is prepared to give. When he finally tires of her efforts to rope him in, he decides to date someone else.

And this is where her obsession was born. She's eaten up with jealousy ... an
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
A true crime story that shows in time she can do as well as her mother. The book was so close to the dateline episode it's almost like a manuscript for the show. Shanna (Liz) Golyar met Dave Kroupa on an online dating site, Plenty of Fish. Kroupa makes it clear from the start that he is not interested in any sort of relationship but Golyar has a different idea. Kroupa continues to date other women and meets one he seems interested in, Cari Farver. Golyar gets wind of this and that is when things ...more
Donna Hines
For those who've not lived this life with someone suffering from a personality trait disorder such as psychopath or in my case malignant narcissism it's manipulative, destructive, and powerful.
The warning signs are always present but some who are in a constant state of fog/smoke/mirrors/projection/gaslighting/brain washing start to side with their own abuser similar to Stockholm Syndrome in which they gain empathy for them.
So, it's not a surprise that here we have a woman named Liz who simply ca
I've been a fan of Ann Rule's true crime stories most of my adult life, and I've read them all, I believe. I've missed her distinctive writing style and her books since her death a few years ago. So I was immediately intrigued when I saw that her daughter, Leslie Rule, had taken up the true crime writing mantle with A Tangled Web. I wasn't disappointed.

A Tangled Web tells the story of Shanna Golyar, a twisted, jealous woman who, for years, piled lie upon lie and wove them all together to fool h
Katie (never.ending.reading.list)
As any true crime addict knows, Ann Rule is a master of the genre. When I found out her daughter had written true crime book I had to get my hands on it!
I was lucky enough to win this one as a BookishFirst raffle and I dove right in!

A Tangled Web looks at the true story of the 2012 missing person case of Cari Farver. This one is a WILD ride from start to finish. It's one of those stories where if it were written as fiction I'd put it down as being too far fetched. Some of the people and their ac
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of meeting Leslie and becoming friends while she was doing research for this book. She asked me to help proof read and I happily obliged being a huge fan of her mothers. Leslie follows the same writing formula that Ann did in all her true crime books. This book is a real page turner filled with a lot of twists and turns. I wish Leslie could have added more to the book. Liz Golyar lives a very intricate web of lies that she makes for her life. It makes you wonder about individu ...more
Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
Poorly structured true crime. She does that thing where she goes into tangents on shit that don't matter (ie. "She liked X. X's history is Y.") Meaningless stuff that doesn't matter to the case. She also just put stuff in where ever she felt like it. So, like, she did the childhood history of these people then halfway through she does a more detailed childhood history of the perp, very randomly. I was just like "why is this here? There's a place for this. You already covered this." You could tel ...more
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Leslie Rule's mother is Ann Rule, one of my favorite authors. Her books were always on my Christmas wish list up until the time of her death in 2015. This is Leslie's first True Crime book. I was pleased to read the short bio of her mother at the beginning of the book and how her mother influenced her and glad that Leslie embraces her True Crime heritage. Leslie has a similar writing style to her mother. This book was a very interesting case about a woman who met a man through a website and when ...more
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Tangled Web was another great choice for our #bookishtruecrime Buddy Read! I am an avid lover of anything true crime, so needless to say I was excited to grab Leslie Rule’s debut true crime book. Her mother, Ann Rule, was a beautiful writer and extremely talented at reporting all types of true crime stories. Leslie Rule has continued her mother’s legacy in A Tangled Web, offering a heart-pounding true story of manipulation, gas-lighting, and deceit that affected countless lives. The story is i ...more
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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DISCLAIMER : Thank you, Netgalley and Kensington Books for proving me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Leslie Rule's A Tangled Web is one of the most fascinating and horrifying true-crime I have read. I read the synopsis and thought that sounds like an interesting case. Never in my wildest imagination did I think that I would be led into the craziest of cases to have happened. It's unbelievable and simply disturb
This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for a review, but all thoughts are my own.

I'm a big true crime buff, so I should be the perfect audience for this book.

The crime itself is fascinating. There is a whole cast of horrible characters, multiple jurisdictions slowing down police work, and the victim's family being ignored by police. There is so much to unpack here and a lot of branches to follow to get the whole story. I love complicated cases and this one was right up my alley.

Jul 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Obsession, psychosis, and revenge sums up this true crime audiobook, written by the daughter of author Ann Rule. The author’s approach was a bit all over the place which led me to having a bit of trouble following the plot.
Laura Peden
What a fascinating case 😱 The title A Tangled Web fits this book perfectly. What starts out as a classic case of stalking quickly turns into 50 shades of f***** up. It’s so insane I’m not even going to try and explain it. Shanna "Liz" Golyar is crazier than a rat trapped in a tin shithouse my friends.. she even has her own episode on Snapped. I think this would make for a great book club selection because I was dying to talk to someone about it. I highly recommend to true crime fans, especially ...more
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Extremely interesting in psychology of these crimes. Inside/ out telling with long asides about tangent pasts or connections was not the best way to tell it. Photos were 4 stars. Copy 2.5 stars but the dumbing down to teach and preach every second or third chapter shift rounds it down.
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a devoted fan of Ann Rule and have missed her true crime books immensely so I was thrilled to obtain a copy of this book written by her daughter. Obviously, Leslie Rule had an excellent teacher and mentor with lots of experience alongside her mother and this was excellent. The story is a sordid one and also very scary as it deals with the way the murderess used technology to terrorize and taunt the family and acquaintances of the woman she killed. What a "tangled web" indeed.

So many peopl
This was so bonkers and I was totally sucked into the story. Shanna "Liz" Golyar is a terrifying person, and the lengths she went to to eliminate romantic rivals is chilling. I couldn't help but think the men around her were complete idiots, and none of this would have happened if they hadn't been such complete doormats who didn't ever want to hurt her feelings. But nevertheless, she was clearly adept at manipulating and gaslighting them. By the end she was clearly pretty desperate, because her ...more
Sharon May
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Many thanks to NetGalley, Kensington Books, and Leslie Rule for the opportunity to read and review her true crime story, following in the footsteps of her infamous mom, Ann Rule. 5 stars for a wonderfully-written story of a very complicated case.

Without revealing much, this is the case of the mysterious disappearance of Cari Farver from Omaha, Nebraska. She was a responsible, single mother close to her family, who knew she would not just leave. Investigating this crime took years and many differ
Jul 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
This book was all over the place. This should have been a gripping story but the pace is off, there are info dumps all through the book, endless exclamation marks and it is very repetitive.

Gave up a third of the way in after the non-stop messages being shared by the stalker. I got it, the sender was an absolute nut job, I got it the first ten times.
Alex | | findingmontauk1
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Wow - that is about all I have to say after reading this one. I am just thankful for digital forensics and all the people who can dismantle cyber crime! This story itself blew me away - but it also blew me away because I honestly can't imagine the main guy, Dave, not KNOWING what was really going on the whole time. Call me paranoid, preparanoid, untrustworthy, skeptical, etc, but I just would have been a whole lot more questioning and more concerned than he was? Either way - THIS STORY! And I am ...more
Cassie-Traveling Sister-
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been a huge fan of Ann Rule, I’ve read everything I could get my hands on by her. True crime is a subject that has always interested me what causes someone to murder someone? Was it a quick decision or did they wait and plan every detail? So when I saw that Ann Rules daughter had written a true crime book, I immediately knew I had to read this book! Tangled Web introduces us to Shanna Golyar and boy is she treat! She’s jealous I mean insanely jealous and twisted! When she met Dave Kroupa on ...more
Darcia Helle
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lesson from this book: Men have a blind spot for attractive women who play the sweet, helpless act.

I’d never heard of this case before, which is surprising because it’s one of the craziest true crime stories I’ve ever read. How one women of below average intelligence managed to wreak havoc in so many lives, for so long, without detection is mystifying, to put it mildly.

Ann Rule writes an engaging narrative that gives us an intimate view of this sociopathic soap opera. The case is complex, and Ru
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you, Netgalley, Citadel Press, and Penguin Randomhouse for the opportunity to read and review this galley.

Wow, wow, WOW!!! This book is a must read for all true crime fans out there. While I have only previously listened to the audiobook version of two Ann Rule books, this book surpasses them both. The writing was sharp and smart. And the story was told very succinctly with very few instances of straying from the main story. There were times I thought the author was getting off topic, but
DeAnna Ellison
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoy everything true crime from books, shows, podcasts, etc. If you know True Crime then of course you know Ann Rule, one of if not the most famous true crime writer. This is her daughters first True Crime book and it did not disappoint! It is such a twisted story and the way it was written it was incredibly suspenseful, every time a chapter would end I would just have to keep reading. I couldn’t stop. This was also one of the most extreme and obsessive stalker cases I’ve ever read about. It ...more
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fic
This was my first book by the author, Leslie Rule, but I have read several of Ann Rule's (her mom) books. This was a thrilling, scary. page - turner of a book not only because of the mystery of the crime (although we knew pretty early on 'who-dunnit') but because of the use of technology to advance this crime and the subsequent harassment of friends and family.

Leslie Rule did a nice job laying out the players in the story and leading us up through the crime as it develops until it's final days
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, arc, read-2020
*received for free from netgalley for honest review* Not sure how many people have been stalked and its not really something that just comes up or people really want to talk about so most people don't know but I was cyberstalked for about 5 years, so with that past this was a really scary book. it alarming how many things she got away with and how many people suffered because of her, and how hard it was to prove everything makes it all the more terrifying. Im not sure if people who haven't been ...more
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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 works include two suspense novels and five nonfiction books on the paranormal, including Coast to Coast Ghosts, True Stories of

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