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By Claudia Rowe | Comments: ( 580 ) | Date: ( May 30, 2020 )

A true story of a female journalist, her unusual connection with a convicted serial killer and her search to understand the darkness inside us Well, well, Claudia Can I call you Claudia I ll have to give it to you, when confronted at least you re honest, as honest as any reporter You want to go into the depths of my mind and into my past I want a peek into yoursA true story of a female journalist, her unusual connection with a convicted serial killer and her search to understand the darkness inside us Well, well, Claudia Can I call you Claudia I ll have to give it to you, when confronted at least you re honest, as honest as any reporter You want to go into the depths of my mind and into my past I want a peek into yours It is only fair, isn t it Kendall FrancoisIn September 1998, young reporter Claudia Rowe was working as a stringer for the New York Times in Poughkeepsie, New York, when local police discovered the bodies of eight women stashed in the attic and basement of the small colonial home that Kendall Francois, a painfully polite twenty seven year old community college student, shared with his parents and sister.Growing up amid the safe, bourgeois affluence of New York City, Rowe had always been secretly fascinated by the darkness, and soon became obsessed with the story and with Francois She was consumed with the desire to understand just how a man could abduct and strangle eight women and how a family could live for two years, seemingly unaware, in a house with the victims rotting corpses She also hoped to uncover what humanity, if any, a murderer could maintain in the wake of such monstrous evil.Reaching out after Francois was arrested, Rowe and the serial killer began a dizzying four year conversation about cruelty, compassion, and control an unusual and provocative relationship that would eventually lead her to the abyss, forcing her to clearly see herself and her own past and why she was drawn to danger.


  • Title: The Spider and the Fly: A Reporter, a Serial Killer, and the Meaning of Murder
  • Author: Claudia Rowe
  • ISBN: 9780062416148
  • Page: 378
  • Format: ebook

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Comments The Spider and the Fly: A Reporter, a Serial Killer, and the Meaning of Murder

  • Jessica Woodbury

    I have so much to say and it's hard to know where to start, so let's start with what you know about this book before you read it: the title and summary. This is not a book of suspense, as nothing actually happens. There is no spider and no fly. This book will frustrate readers of true crime and bore readers of memoir. I'm not saying the two can't go together, but in this book the combination goes very wrong. The pitch of this book may sound great, but I highly doubt most readers will find it sat [...]


  • Quirkyreader

    This memoir was not written in the "true crime" ilk. It was more about the writers journey to finding where she fit in this world.Rowe wrote about her daemons, realizing that she had them, and had to change her life. And it makes you realize we all have things about us that need changing for the better.I would suggest this book to those who are interested in Psychology. Especially if you thing is studying the criminal mind and The Stockholm Syndrome. Abusers and criminals know how to turn their [...]


  • Denise

    This was a bait and switch. It was not about the killer, it was about the author.


  • Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.The Spider and the Fly is a blend of memoir and true crime. You can’t help but wonder how it could be possible. Maybe the writer is the criminal? That would definitely would be interesting, but this book has something just as bewitching. This piece of literature is journalist Claudia Rowe’s first book in which she chronicles her connection with serial killer Kendall Francois. Working for the New York Times in Poughkeepsie, New York, Claudia [...]


  • Debra Komar

    It's easy to see how the author (and her agent) pitched this book: a real-life version of the "Silence of the Lambs" in which a novice reporter takes on a serial killer, trading quid pro quo information. The kicker was that it would be written like "In Cold Blood," Capote's masterpiece of creative non-fiction. The result is unreadable. The book opens with an embarrassing ode to, of all things, the post office. The author enters a small town post office to pick up her mail. That would be the shor [...]


  • Zuky the BookBum

    Read my review here: bookbumzuky.wordpress/201As you may have noticed from the other reviews, this book is not a retelling of a serial killer's crimes, how he did them, how he got away for so long, and eventually, how he got caught. This is much more about a (platonic) relationship between journalist and killer.Rowe is a journalist who becomes obsessed with Kendall, a convicted convicted serial killer of eight women, and at times, reading about this deep fascination gets a little uncomfortable. [...]


  • aPriL does feral sometimes

    Author Claudia Rowe, a newspaper reporter, was obsessed with evil and serial killers since she was a child. She begins a correspondence with a convicted serial killer, Kendall Francois, supposedly for a newspaper story or a true-crime book. She hopes to learn why he did it, analyze where evil comes from, and at the same time, figure out why she is obsessed with evil and serial killers for her own personal edification. (view spoiler)[After five years she gives up writing to Francois since he was [...]


  • Melinda Elizabeth

    If you're going to spend a fair chunk of your time corresponding with a serial killer, you'd expect a great tale to be the end result of it. The Spider and The Fly wants you to compare the tale of Claudia and Kendall to Lector and Clarice - a symbiotic relationship where the serial killer allows the naïve young woman to uncover the truth about themselves. However Claudia is no Clarice, and Kendall is a killer who was convenient to Claudia's tale and got stuck on the ride with her. There is litt [...]


  • Irene

    I was looking forward to reading a true crime, non-fiction title but was disappointed. I found the writing style to be rambling, and repetitive, and flipping back and forth between situations. This was more an unhealthy obsession about a serial killer, not a memoir, with details of the crimes committed thrown in.


  • Megan

    "They know how they're living is crazy. But they all had their secrets. There was something really bad going on in that family, and everyone was in on it. There's more bodies buries, so to speak, than just the bodies."Is it bad that I didn't realize this was nonfiction until I finished the whole freaking book? Probably. Hey, it's not my fault I haven't heard of Kendall Francois from the little town of Poughkeepsie, New York! I guarantee most people haven'tybe. I honestly thought it was just very [...]


  • Bert Zee

    Kendall Francois was an American serial killer who raped and strangled 8 women; he stored them in stacks in his parents attic for over 2 years before being arrested for the crimes… His crimes are extremely heinous and as morbid as this sounds, they makes for a great true crime book.Sadly this is not the story that The Spider & the Fly tells, yes you get to hear tidbits of what happened with the murders, his arrest and prison sentence but essentially this book is a story about a reporter ob [...]


  • Marika

    True crime at its best. What happens when the author of a book on a serial killer becomes obsessed with the killer? The question becomes how does the author write objectively about the killer/monster, and that is just what Claudia Rowe has done. True crime is a crazy popular genre, and those who miss author Ann Rule will welcome Claudia Rowe.Note: I received a free review copy of this book and was not compensated for it.


  • Jamie Jones Hullinger

    I have mixed feelings about this book. While I was completely annoyed by the author's angle and obnoxious narcissism I was still committed to reaching the end. I was glad I did because the author finally came to her senses and it ended up being a really odd story of self discovery. I can understand why some would hate this book.


  • Caroline

    Beautifully written memoir of Rowe's correspondence with the serial killer Kendall Francois. It's a devastating story, but the delicate interweaving of psychological thriller and candid memoir is hard to resist.


  • Dawn

    Part memoir, part psychological thriller, Claudia Rowe's brilliant THE SPIDER AND THE FLY gripped me from the first page, and sent me spiralling into a frenzied read that left me turning pages until I literally couldn't keep my eyes open. In my sleep, the story continued to play out in my dreams, and when I woke, I reached for this book before my coffee, desperate to finish. Claudia Rowe is an incredible writer, and her book left me slack-jawed and brimming with writer envy, but also with a deep [...]


  • Kelsey Bower

    Where to start with The Spider And The Fly. Starting the book I was super excited to be reading a true crime book. the spider and the fly is a mixture of true crime and a memoir. Claudia Rowe dives deep into kendall's past and his crimes and becomes obsessed as she starts to identify with him.She becomes a little too obsessed when her personal life comes crumbling down around her, she looses her house, boyfriend, and jobs.I would give Claudia Rowe another shot if I were to come across another of [...]


  • Amanda

    This is phenomenal. Part "In Cold Blood", part "Silence of the Lambs", and part coming-of-age memoir. Claudia Rowe details the correspondence she had with serial killer Kendall Francois, a relationship she started in the hopes of learning his motivations for murdering 8 women. But, along the way, she explores her own motivations for initiating this relationship, and continuing it over the course of years. So, so good.


  • Stephanie Griffin

    The subtitle is misleading. There is no answer to the meaning of murder. Most of the book centers on the author and I couldn't care less about her, her marriage, or her jobs.


  • Bry

    The marketing for this book is deeply flawed. This is not true crime. This is a memoir. An enjoyable but deeply flawed book due to a disjointed agenda as to the real purpose of the story.


  • Nikki

    This book is written much more like a novel than a "true crime" narrative. Yes it's about the horrendous crime involving serial killer Kendall Francois, and yes it goes into the circumstances surrounding that, but a large chunk of the middle of the book was more about the author herself, and how all these things reflected back onto her. I do get it, she sees and empathizes with these women, and is able to put herself in their place while showing similarities with her own past experiences. But so [...]


  • Josh

    I've read true crime books that stray into the world of the author themselves, often detracting from the primary course of the narrative to resemble self centered memoirs rather than the content promised in the blurb. The Spider and the Fly bucks this trend; it's a book about a serial killer AND a journalist whose steady infatuation is as addictive to read as the heinous plight undertaken Kendall Francois. A killing spree spanning some four years and change in which 8 Poughkeepsie prostitutes we [...]


  • Sabrina

    Firstly, this is not really a true crime book (because I noticed reviews commenting on this and it's worth mentioning if that's what you're looking). I'd say the book is hovering between wanting to be journalism (and definitely, definitely not being journalism) and wanting to be a memoir. Early on I could detect Claudia Rowe's self-hatred and I'm not certain she ever resolved it or went deep enough into herself to give me what I wanted as a reader. She writes well, but you can tell she's guarded [...]


  • Nathan

    Working in Forensics, I tend to avoid true crime writing as it often comes across as "death tourism" on subjects that are not nearly as fascinating as media generally portray. However, Rowe presents a solid addition with The Spider and the Fly, though the melodramatic title needs forgiving. This is a captivating memoir rather than a gruesome post mortem of serial killer acts. That said, there are certainly uncomfortable moments, but Rowe successfully navigates the reader forward rather than maki [...]


  • Perri

    This is a confusing book to review. A journalist interviews an imprisoned serial killer hoping to gain insight into his personality, but the story is more about what she learns about herself. Rowe is excruciating honest laying bare her history, her relationships, her weakness,self-doubt, and inadequacies. I admired her writing and will be interested in reading more from this author.


  • Cynthia

    So disturbing I had to take breaks and made a point of not letting it be the last thing I read or looked at before bed. But also reminded me of a flower opening; a really unflinching book by a brave writer. Really respect how this author went for it.


  • Alexander Delorme

    I felt the book was in some ways falsely advertised, but that was made up for by the sheer quality of the writing and the content.


  • Leah

    Oh boy, do I have some feelings about 'The Spider and the Fly.'


  • Nathalie

    Overly long and boring in spots. I found the connection the author made to the serial killer to be tenuous and forced.


  • Megan Rogers

    What makes a serial killer? How does a person become a psychopath? How does a person come to develop narcissistic personality disorder? What separates us from these people, how come we can deal with our problems and family upbringing and they can't? These are the types of questions this book grapples with.If you are looking for straight true crime, or non-fiction that has all the answers, this isn't for you. The Spider and The Fly is the memoir of a woman struggling to understand herself and the [...]


  • Lori

    Many thanks to Edelweisse The Treeline for the opportunity to readThe Spider and the Fly: A Reporter, A Serial Killer, and the Meaning of Murder byClaudia Rowe Tonight while recommending a creepy psychological thriller; not a mystery, I was thinking of this book. Why I did not already write a review; I have no idea. It cannot wait a moment later. The writing in this book is incredible. When an author is able to pull you into another dimension and keep you hostage until the ride is over, that is [...]


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