A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killerthe elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decadefrom Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case."Youll be silent forever, and Ill 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 athleticcapable of vaulting tall fences. He always wore a mask. After choosing a victimhe favored suburban coupleshe 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.Ill Be Gone in the Darkthe masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden deathoffers 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 womans 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 Michelles lead researcher and a close colleague. Utterly original and compelling, it is destined to become a true crime classicand may at last unmask the Golden State Killer....
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I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer Reviews
I've been waiting for this book for a long time, having been a fan of McNamara's True Crime Diary blog (http://www.truecrimediary.com). While she hadn't finished it before her death, it is a remarkable book--both in terms of its investigative power and its superb, precise prose (and an excellent intro by Gillian Flynn and a poignant afterword by Patton Oswalt). But what makes it so special is how it becomes this living testament to the drive, strength and power of its author, a portrait of how h ...more
I was very wary of reading this book, because it just sounded so, so creepy and when I bought it, the killer had not yet been caught. Yet when he was recently, after so many years, I felt compelled to know the background and read the book. It is a tragic story, made all the more so because it's passionate, dogged author did not live to see this man's arrest, something she so badly wished for. This story is so disturbing, I could not get it out of my head and I could definitely not read it at nig ...more
“There's a scream permanently lodged in my throat now.”—Michelle McNamara
I'm a hardened and seasoned reader of true crime books. Forensic Files soothes me to sleep whenever I have an ailment that confines me to bed. I don't get scared. Or at least, I didn't used to be scared. This book had me drawing the curtains at 5:00 pm, looking over my shoulder while washing dishes at the sink, and forgoing my midnight peanut butter sandwich for fear of being alone in the kitchen. And that's the thing about ...more
This is a gripping true crime book! I was riveted by the news that authorities arrested a man in the Golden State Killer case, and this book is a good overview of those crimes.
"I'll be Gone in the Dark" doesn't unfold in a strict chronology; rather it more closely follows Michelle McNamara's amateur sleuthing on the case. She had been interested in unsolved crimes since childhood, and spent years following up on clues and tracking down leads about the GSK.
Since Michelle died before the book wa ...more
Riveting. Chilling. Fascinating. I could go on with the adjectives to describe this incredible work of nonfiction but you get the idea. It's very rare that I come across a book, especially a nonfiction one, that literally made my heart race while reading certain scenes. Like others have mentioned, I couldn't read this at night. To say it's scary doesn't seem to do Michelle's writing justice, but it's absolutely how I felt while reading about this elusive rapist/killer. She has created a brillia ...more
This was my most highly anticipated book of 2018, and the first book I ever preordered. I didn't want to run the risk of a waiting list at my local library, and knew I would want to read it the second it was available. I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara arrived on my doorstep February 27. Yesterday, March 8, I finally finished it. At 328 pages and in my favorite genre of true crime, I didn't initially suspect it would take me o ...more
Michelle McNamara was obsessed with the subject of this book. She believed that by using modern technology, a rapist and killer could finally be brought to justice.
She created maps and chased leads. She ran a true crime blog and this was one of her topics.
It haunted her. Then, tragically, Michelle died before this masterwork could be completed.
Her fellow researchers put I'll Be Gone in the Dark together from her notes. It is a chilling but thorough portrait of the perpetrator of a series of unso ...more
I'll Be Gone in the Dark does several things very successfully. It reports compellingly on the Golden State Killer and the various law-enforcement personnel who tried to track him down—and in some cases, are still trying. It gives a fascinating window into Michelle McNamara's own psyche: why she became interested in serial killers and the effect her fascination has had on her entire life. And most indelibly, for me, it creates an immersive portrait of California during the 1970s and early 1980s— ...more