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“Leslie Rule delivers an incredible story of obsession and deceit, a one-woman campaign of terror that could only exist in our digital age. Harrowing.”
—Maureen Callahan, New York Times bestselling author of American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century
“We expect a tangled tale to have an exquisite twist, and Leslie Rule brings it home. In the tradition of her mother, true crime author Ann Rule, she presents a gripping case of fatal obsession and stolen identity so bizarre it's hard to believe it's true. Rule's first true crime book hits the mark.”
—Katherine Ramsland, author of Confession of a Serial Killer: The Untold Story of Dennis Rader the BTK Killer
"The murder was straightforward, but the cover-up was as intricate as the impressive artistry of a garden spider. In A Tangled Web, Leslie Rule artfully weaves the strands of a monstrous net that ultimately ensnared its evil perpetrator. A fascinating, incredible read."
—Diane Fanning, Edgar finalist and author of Death on the River
"Following in her famous mother’s footsteps, Leslie Rule deftly explores the strange case of a bizarre love triangle, a cyberstalking impostor, and a terrifying fatal attraction that leads to a deadly obsession."
—Kathryn Casey, bestselling author of In Plain Sight
“With a journalist’s eye for detail and a storyteller’s compelling voice, Leslie Rule draws readers into the world of a diabolical criminal and her victims. A Tangled Web will leave you with lingering feelings that evil walks among us, in plain sight, even in the idyllic Midwest.”
—Axton Betz-Hamilton, author of The Less People Know About Us: A Mystery of Betrayal, Family Secrets, and Stolen Identity
“Leslie Rule's recipe for A Tangled Web takes one depraved killer, adds broken-hearted victims, mixes in cutting-edge crime fighting, and whips it all into a sexy and spell-binding souffle. Bon appétit!”
—Dawna Kaufmann, co-author of A Question of Murder, From Crime Scene to Courtroom and Final Exams: True Crime Cases from Cyril Wecht
“In A Tangled Web, Leslie Rule shows that she is truly her mother’s daughter, down to the expert detailing that defined Ann Rule, but with this told in a high-tech world. Rule guides the reader down a slippery slope, with twists and turns of text messaging and online dating, ultimately revealing just how cagey are the deeds of the devious perpetrator.”
—Cathy Scott, author of The Crime Book and the Los Angeles Times bestseller The Killing of Tupac Shakur
About the Author
- Publication date : April 28, 2020
- File size : 1814 KB
- Publisher : Citadel Press; Illustrated edition (April 28, 2020)
- Print length : 359 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07R5KBX3L
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #81,105 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I really did not know what to expect when I ordered this book. I started reading and was immediately drawn in. Exciting, well written and full of suspense. Also with the same meticulous research, and focus on the VICTIM. And the victim's family. The same reporting of the case but not gory or sensational photos. Leslie, I am happy to say you write like your mom!
Good Job Leslie!!!
Your mom would be so proud!!
Suddenly and implausibly, Liz and Dave begin to receive a blitz of threatening texts from Cari and vandalism occurs. The bizarre incidents draw Liz and Dave together again, and “Cari” starts to stalk the unlikely pair.
At this point, I imagine that most women reading the book are suspicious and highly skeptical. Women notice manipulative behavior. Several women, both loosely and closely tied to the case, pointed out Liz/Shanna’s odd behavior early-on, but they were often dismissed by investigators and others. Numerous women had literal, visceral reactions to Liz/Shanna and had speculated that she was the hidden culprit, but these insights were disregarded as well. Additionally, when Cari’s friends and family said that the actions she was being accused of were starkly contrary to her true nature, these people were also ignored. Why was Liz/Shanna so believable to some and immediately pegged by others as dangerous? Why were innocent people seen as criminals and the perpetrator supported? The story is a convoluted web of deceit, lies, devious deeds and murder. Yet, if Dave had pledged his eternal devotion to Liz, would all that transpired have been avoided? I doubt it. Personality-disordered people attach to a target/victim, then proceed to cause harm, pain and chaos for their own shallow amusement. Lacking a conscience or any empathy, they are literally capable of anything. The tactics they use are insidious and vindictive, but not impossible to decipher. I’m struck by those who saw the evil in plain sight, and those who didn’t. Is it a failure of perception, intuition or merely the inability to grasp just how dark some people can be? It was also difficult to comprehend the misplaced, seemingly myopic devotion, that some men felt for Liz/Shanna. All the ensuing, far-reaching destruction for no justifiable or discernible reason.
Rule’s book is worthwhile, thorough and well-documented. It is a disturbing and
First, let’s discuss Ann, Leslie, and books. I’ve been reading Ann Rule books over half my life. First one as a teen: Small Sacrifices. I was hooked and even joined Ann’s online newsletter many years ago. Like so many others, I greatly miss her and her contributions to our world.
When I saw this book, and that Leslie wrote it, I was both excited and hesitant. What if it was terribly written? What if she just got a book deal because of her mom?
Well, let me sincerely apologize to Leslie for thinking that. She is a great writer. She has her mom’s knack for making you feel like you’re right there, for the insight into people’s minds, for the deep dives into what makes people tick. They both have the most amazing descriptive abilities ... they aren’t drily just relating a story, they put us in it. And you can’t stop reading! But my favorite thing about the Rule ladies — their compassion, empathy, and respect for the victims and their loved ones. I have never read a Rule book that didn’t bring me to tears during the most poignant scenes. Ann and Leslie give them a voice, long after they are taken from this world. They write these books for the victims, not for sensationalism or other selfish purposes.
Ok, sorry, I just know so many of us are lifelong fans of Ann and I wanted to discuss it with people who get it. :)
The book! Holy wow. I’d heard a little bit of this story when it first came out, but didn’t remember much of what happened. So I went in pretty fresh. When I put the book down after a marathon reading session, I had to just sit quietly and process it as much as I could. This story will stay with me forever. My heart aches so much for the victim and her loved ones, and other victims of the psychopath who destroyed so many. It’s impossible to fathom the evil, the cruelty, the heartlessness, the complete lack of humanity. And especially that she got away with so much for so long. Each page brought a new level of shocking craziness. Mind-boggling.
As I said earlier, Leslie’s voice is so similar to her mom’s, but she certainly has her own individual ways, too. I want to make that clear — she deserves credit for her hard work and background. She well earned her place in the writer’s seat, and I love her voice. I’m so impressed by this book and cannot wait for more. The torch has been picked up! (I really enjoyed reading about her family history at the beginning of the book, so interesting!)
I don’t know if anyone involved in this book will ever read these reviews, but if so: my heart goes out to you all. I cried over your loss looking at the pictures after finishing the book. What a beautiful smile she had. I hope you are all more at peace now, but I know the pain will always be there. Thank you for sharing your story. And my heart goes out to the other victims and those involved in this tragedy. I wish you peace as well.