A Tangled Web: A Cyberstalker, a Deadly Obsession, and the Twisting Path to Justice

Citadel. Apr. 2020. 304p. ISBN 9780806539973. $26. CRIME
Rule (Coast to Coast Ghosts: True Stories of Hauntings Across America) carries on the true crime traditions of her mother, the late best-selling author Anne Rule, to deliver an engrossing, bizarre tale of stolen identities that moved between the real and digital spheres. In 2012, a 37-year-old mother named Cari Farver disappeared. Farver’s family, friends, and employer received text messages stating that she was taking off and giving custody of her young son to her mother; suspicious, Cari’s mother reported her missing. What followed was an investigation into cyberstalking that encompassed years of digital threats, punctuated by real-world violence. Rule’s descriptions of the many digital platforms involved and the tactics used to investigate the case can be overwhelming, but she successfully untangles the details and offers in-depth looks into the lives and backgrounds of key figures. She handles sensational elements with care and writes with compassion for the victims.
VERDICT A deft, fascinating true crime story of obsession for fans of the genre as well as those who enjoyed John Bloom and Jim Atkinson’s Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs.
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