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 even though Liz is still trying to hold onto Dave. Cari and Dave are seeing quite a bit of one another until Cari just up and leaves town without telling Dave or her friends and family. She quits her job and leaves her son without a goodbye. Soon after, Dave starts receiving horrible text messages from Cari blaming him for ruining her life and calling him vicious names and then at the same time she tells him how much she loves him. Dave doesn't know what to make of this or how Cari continues to have access to his personal information after he gets new phone numbers and blocks her online but she continues to access all his online information and sends hundreds of harrassing texts daily so he continues to date other people including Liz and then the women he is seeing start getting text threats and they are reaching a violent level, so Dave goes to the police and the police are baffled since they can't track Cari down while months and months go by and every woman that Dave dates is a potential stalking victim of Cari and as the threats become more violent and sinister the detectives are frustrated and have tried everything to find Cari and put an end to this cyberstalking nightmare before Cari can carry out any of her murderous threats.
This book was wonderful in every way. Mesmerizing with great writing and terrific storytelling that had me on the edge of my seat and biting my fingernails at the same time. This story was so crazy that I had to remember it wasn't fiction but a true crime novel. That was the most frightening thing of all that this was a true story about a sociopath who was able to use the internet as a vicious weapon and as a result many, many victims were terrorized by an unseen monster who created paralyzing fear in almost every person who had the unfortunate timing of crossing Dave Kroupa's path.
I have always been a big fan of Ann Rule who was my favorite true crime author and I couldn't wait wait to see how her daughter's writing would compare. Leslie Rule has definitely made her mother proud with "A Tangled Web" and I am looking forward to many more true crime stories to be written by her. I enjoyed the forward that gave a lovely dedication to her mother and I truly appreciated now she included many pictures at the end of the book starring the key players who were so I intricately involved within this absolutely crazy nightmare of a true story.
I want to thank the publisher "Kensington Booms" and Netgalley for allowing me the opportunity of reading this marvelous book and any thoughts and opinions expressed are unbiased and mine alone!
I highly recommend to any true crime reader or crime story reader or anyone who just wants to read an incredible and incredulous story and have given this book 5 Cyberstalking Nightmare Stars!!