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I’ll Be Gone In The Dark Review

Happy Monday Everyone!

Sorry that I have disappeared but still trying to get the whole balance of Teaching and blogging down. Today I bring you an amazing book, that is true crime, and that I couldn’t put down! I’ll Be Gone In The Dark, by Michelle McNamara, is about her obsessive hunt for the Golden State Killer.

The book description comes from the Goodreads website:

“A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer—the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade—from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case.

“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.”

I was first brought to this book, because I watched the HBO documentary series based on the life of Michelle McNamara, and her hunt for the Golden State Killer. I loved the series so much, that I knew I had to read the book. The book has a lot more on the crimes committed by the Golden State Killer, and since Mrs. McNamara passed before she could finish the book, two more people took up the evidence and drafts she had written to finish it for her. The book will let you know which chapters were put together based on her notes and drafts. I loved this book so much, but I will warn you it gets descriptive in some parts, so it may give you the chills. I had to slowly read this book because it was freaking me out a little, but it is so good! If you love true crime or documentries or are just looking for an amazingly written book, then you need to pick up a copy ASAP!

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