I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

I'll Be Gone in the Dark

By Michelle McNamara

  • Release Date: 2018-02-27
  • Genre: True Crime
Score: 4.5
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Description

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The haunting true story of the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California during the 70s and 80s, and of the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case—which was solved in April 2018.

Introduction by Gillian Flynn • Afterword by Patton Oswalt

“A brilliant genre-buster.... Propulsive, can’t-stop-now reading.”   —Stephen King

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.

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. Utterly original and compelling, it has been hailed as a modern true crime classic—one which fulfilled Michelle's dream: helping unmask the Golden State Killer.

Reviews

  • Extraordinary story

    3
    By turg2323
    I read this not long after GSK was arrested. The author was very, very close--uncannily so. She deserves credit for that. The book sags in the middle and I would've liked more psychological detail, more of the profile. I wish she were alive to see him behind bars. I like to believe she's up there smiling, her mission accomplished. RIP, god bless, and well done, Michelle.
  • Killer Caught

    5
    By Mele 113
    One woman search for the truth came to an end. Over a 10-year-period, from 1976 to 1986, the Golden State Killer was linked by DNA and method to 12 slayings, 45 sexual assaults and more than 120 burglaries from Sacramento to Southern California’s Orange County.
  • Compelling!

    5
    By Haircat
    Excellent writing by a passionate lady. So wish she could have known that the GSK EAR was finally caught.
  • Amazing

    5
    By Goatbey
    I so wish so could have seen this man caught. An amazing book there’s been times a night we’re I had to stop reading because it was so unsettling.
  • Riveting

    5
    By Kat1959 22
    One of those books you just cannot put down. Except at night, best read in the daylight. Creepy, intriguing and full of details. The writer makes you feel like you are watching the crimes. So sorry we won’t get more from her, what a loss. I hope she is resting in peace and somehow knows that they finally got him.
  • Fantastic.

    5
    By rachodamn.
    Fantastic read.
  • Page turner!!

    5
    By chalupalytica
    Excellent read for anyone who enjoys the anticipation of true crime
  • Reader

    5
    By revtch1
    McNamara wrote compelling prose with more than the usual layperson’s grip of criminal investigation. Her analysis is reminiscent of Ann Rule. The background story of her life is inseparable for readers who are now caught up in the compulsion to see this rapist/killer caught.
  • I’ll be gone in the dark

    5
    By 4ensicsgal
    This book is exceptionally amazing. Grips you from page one.
  • Amazing writer

    5
    By Shakira without the Sha
    I’d give this six stars if I could - I literally couldn’t put it down. I can’t believe this is Michelle’s only book. She writes so beautifully and just wanted more. I so wish this book had been the beginning of her career as a novelist and not the end. Loved it.

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