I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara | Review

I'll Be Gone in the Dark| Michelle McNamara| HarperCollinsPub: February 27, 2018 | Pages: 352

I listened to this as an audiobook, and I think that was the best decision because I felt like it made the atmosphere creepier in a way.

It’s an incredibly unbelievable and fascinating story and it was very interesting the way it all played out.

It’s just so hard to review True Crime, but I think everyone should read this book regardless of the reviews.

It’s such an important story and the fact that Michelle passed away before they caught the Golden State Killer is just so sad. She is a brilliant writer and a great storyteller! I am amazed at all the research she completed on these crimes.

I gravitate more towards fictional mystery & thrillers, but this makes me want to venture outside the box more and pick up true crime novels!


"You’ll be silent forever, and I’ll be gone in the dark."

For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.

Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called "the Golden State Killer." Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was.

At the time of the crimes, the Golden State Killer was between the ages of eighteen and thirty, Caucasian, and athletic—capable of vaulting tall fences. He always wore a mask. After choosing a victim—he favored suburban couples—he often entered their home when no one was there, studying family pictures, mastering the layout. He attacked while they slept, using a flashlight to awaken and blind them. Though they could not recognize him, his victims recalled his voice: a guttural whisper through clenched teeth, abrupt and threatening.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark—the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death—offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman’s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Framed by an introduction by Gillian Flynn and an afterword by her husband, Patton Oswalt, the book was completed by Michelle’s lead researcher and a close colleague. Utterly original and compelling, it is destined to become a true crime classic—and may at last unmask the Golden State Killer.


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