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By a Spider's Thread


Natalie Rubin, middle-class Jewish wife and mother, has vanished. Worse, she has taken her three children - nine year old Isaac and boy/girl twins ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 3.667

The 8th Tess Monaghan is a Winner!

by jjares on Jan 30, 2014

In this 8th outing of Tess Monaghan, she is hired to find a man?s wife and three children. Mark Rubin tells Tess that he has a perfect marriage. Tess doubts this ? in a perfect marriage, why would a wife flee? Mark has already been to the police, who blew him off because it is obvious that Natalie left by choice. Mark is a problem; he rigid and controlling. At first Tess looks upon Mark as the reason Natalie left. As she gets to know him, Tess realizes there are reasons for Mark doing the things he did in relation to Natalie. However, she learns quickly that Mark is not being totally truthful with her. Why? Tess turns her attention to the beautiful Natalie ? 12 years younger than her rich, charming and successful husband. The more Tess digs, the stranger the story becomes. It soon becomes clear that Natalie didn?t just decide one day to leave. Isaac Rubin, the eldest child, is resourceful and clever. He wants to get back to his father and is constantly looking for ways to let his father know where he is. Crow, Tess? significant other, is not in this book; he?s with his parents ? his mother is having chemotherapy for breast cancer. This is a very satisfying mystery. All of the characters are well-developed and there?s a steady stream of action. Tess is also using her network of female investigators to good advantage. This Internet connection adds an interesting twist to Lippman?s book.

philip n
by philip n on Mar 10, 2011

you DEMAND a reviewhere is ALL YOU GET.the book was ok


my favorite

by laughingdog on Sep 13, 2007

I was introduced to "Tess Monaghan" (and Laura Lippman) this past summer. "By a Spider's Thread" is my favorite. The literary references are always fun, and I particularly appreciate the layered characters and family relationships.

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