I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Thehaunting true story of the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California during the 70s and 80s, and ofthe gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case—which was solved in April 2018.
Introduction by Gillian Flynn• Afterword by Patton Oswalt
For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent ...more
“He loses his power when we know his face.”
And, it seems, we now do.
I can see why everyone speaks so highly of this book. It is a very impressive piece of investigative journalism, whether true crime stories happen to be your cup of tea or not. What makes I'll Be Gone in the Dark stand out - and what you might have seen come up time and again in other people's reviews - is that the writer is perhaps as fascinating as the subject.
It is the late Michelle McNamara at the centre of this piece - ...more
I'd heard about Michelle McNamara before I even knew her name or that she was a true crime writer. She was married to comedian/actor Patton Oswalt, who I’m a big fan of, and several of his bits over the years have involved his wife. Per Patton’s descriptions in his routines she was a brilliant woman, far smarter than him, who was always operating at a whole other level.
Now I know what ...more
That summer I hunted the serial killer at night from my daughter’s playroom. For the most part I mimicked the bedtime routine of a normal person. Teeth brushed. Pajamas on. But after my husband and daughter fell asleep, I’d retreat to my makeshift workspace and boot up my laptop, that fifteen-inch-wide hatch of endless possibilities…I rarely moved but I leaped decades with a few keystrokes. Yearbooks. Marriage certificates. Mug shots. I scoured thousands of pages of 1970s-era police files. I...more
I'm not crying. You're crying.
Original Review, 11/16/17:
Confession: I'm what you would call a murderino.
I listen to My Favorite Murder religiously, I watch the hell out of Investigation Discovery (City Confidential is amazing), and I listen to a few other ...more
TW: graphic depictions of rape/assault/murder
Though true crime is a great field of interest to me, I haven't read many books of this variety. I was pleasantly satisfied with my time reading I'll Be Gone In The Dark. The narration was vivid and engaging. I appreciated the feeling of it being almost like a memoir from McNamara's perspective rather than just stating facts about the case.
My only struggle with the book was that it was hard to keep track of EACH victim and EACH ...more
I guarantee you will not be able to read this book without many stops to do Wikipedia and Google ...more
No butler, no second maid, no blood upon the stair. No eccentric aunt, no gardener, no family friend smiling among the bric-a-brac-and murder. Only a suburban house with the front door open and a dog barking at a squirrel, and the cars passing. The corpse quite dead. The wife in Florida. Consider the clues: the potato masher in a vase, the torn photograph of a ...more
fulfilling book riot's 2018 read harder challenge task #2: A book of true crime
no extry points this time.
there’s almost no point in my writing a content-based review of this book - i’m late to the party and better folks than me have already admirably and exhaustively covered both what the book is about and the unusual circumstances occurring beyond its covers - michelle mcnamara’s sudden death two years before ...more
My queen, Gillian Flynn, starts this book with a Midwestern twang and down-to-earth introduction; Patton Oswalt ends with a heart-rending final chapter and I was spellbound the entire time by Michelle McNamara's non-fiction novel.
A mind-blowing mountain of evidence to sift through and present in one novel only slightly frightened Michelle McNamara. What truly frightened her and kept her awake at night was the fact that the Golden State Killer has gotten away with his 10 year reign of ...more
I had a feeling I would be the dissenting opinion on this one right from the start when the author performed a Google search for some stolen cufflinks based off of a sketch (not an actual picture) and swore she found the exact items (for a bargain price of $8 even) and that she would be able to identify the original owner/identify the perp due to the fact that “names starting with the letter N” weren’t very prevalent on the Top 100 ...more
Everyday I'm feeling fine,
Forever reading true crime
This starts with an introduction by juggernaut thriller author Gillian Flynn and ends with a heartbreaking and beautiful epilogue by McNamara's husband and esteemed actor Patton Oswalt. What happens in-between was pure, unadulterated journalistic *magic*.
“Writing this now, I’m struck by two incompatible truths that pain me. No one would have taken more joy from this ...more
This book is easily one of the best True Crimes books I have ever read.
The first time I remember hearing about Michelle McNamara was on an episode of 48 Hours and the only reason I watched that episode was because I recognized her husband Patton Oswalt. His first name is my last name and for that reason I've always liked him. The 48 Hours episode was about his wife Michelle and her dogged pursuit of a ...more
Had Michelle McNamara lived, I think she would have been proud of how well this book has been received, but I think she would have been even more moved to see that the ...more
yet, my husband said....”don’t do it”. “Why do you need to read a book about a killer/serial rapist who committed crimes in the area where you lived as a young
single female in the 70’s and 80’?” “Wasn’t it frightening enough - for real- back then? Oh yes, it was! So.... I stayed away from this book - until a friend gave me the hardcopy back in May of this year. I still didn’t read it right away as you can ...more
In this book McNamara gives an unflinching account of the Golden State Killer, the mysterious boogeyman who burgled, raped and murdered his way through California.
This book was divided into three parts; Book 1, details of the crimes and the victims: Book 2, details of the investigators (from forensic scientists, detectives, criminologists and witnesses) and the investigation: Book 3, covers further profiling such as geographic (this part ...more
Phenomenal! This is the word that has been on my mind since I completed the Audiobook just moments ago. Like Michelle McNamara, I too, found myself completely obsessed by the case of the Golden State Killer. In fact, I was so captivated that after listening for 5 hours yesterday, my 5am wake up call this morning saw me jumping right out of bed to get back to the story. Although this ...more
A word of warning I wouldn't recommend this book for any woman who lives alone as while it might make a reader a little more security conscious ...more
The doorbell rings.
No side gates are left open. You’re long past leaping over a fence. Take one of your hyper, gulping breaths. Clench your teeth. ...more
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 ...more
A portrait of a woman's obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. I'll Be Gone in the Dark is the masterpiece that Michelle McNamara was working on when she tragically passed away in 2016. It's a chilling account of a criminal mastermind, The Golden State Killer, and the wreckage he left behind.
This was one of those ...more
If you love true crime, you’ll love I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. This book reads as if a true crime book and a memoir had a baby.
It works though and it's great!
Damn, I wish Michelle McNamara had lived long enough to see Detective Paul Holes arrest the Golden State Killer aka the East Area Rapist (EAR). This is the part of the book that makes me sad since she died before the EAR was caught.
I can just imagine how McNamara would have felt in delivering justice to the ...more
By now most of us know the Golden State Killer, Joseph DeAngelo, has been caught and is awaiting trial. But few of us know the story behind the story. Michelle McNamara was an investigative journalist who created and operated the web site, True Crime Diary, where true crime aficionados discussed cold cases, and were dogged in their ...more
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The doorbell rings.
No side gates are left open. You’re long past leaping over a fence. Take one of your hyper, gulping breaths. Clench your teeth. Inch timidly toward the insistent bell.
This is how it ends for you.
“You’ll be silent forever, and I’ll be gone in the dark,” you threatened a victim once.
Open the door. Show us your face.
Walk into the light.”