Review: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara ReviewTitle: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark
Author: Michelle McNamara
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: February 27, 2018
Genre: Nonfiction | True Crime | Serial Killers | Memoir
Synopsis From Harper Collins

Review: My fixation for true crime began in my Grade 10 psychology and sociology classes.  My teacher was an eccentric and fascinating woman who had a lending library full of books ranging from psychological disorders (think Sybil) to true crime (Manson Murders).  I was hooked and devouring her books nonstop.  This wasn’t my only link to true crime.  I grew up just outside of Wichita, Kansas during the BTK murders, a high profile unsolved (at the time) serial killer case paralleling the Golden State Killer.

My interest is piqued when a new true crime book hits the shelves and Michelle McNamara’s release of I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is no exception.  Published posthumously by her husband, Patton Oswalt, this book is one part true crime and one part memoir.

The Golden State Killer terrorized communities in California from north to south between 1976 and 1986.  His m.o. was methodical, consistent, and torturous linking him to over 50 crimes.  He canvassed neighborhoods weeks in advance sometimes breaking into homes before attacks to study the layout, he would call victims and hang up repeatedly learning their daily schedules, and peep into windows at night to see who was home.  He always attacked in the middle of the night waking victims with a flashlight blinding them. Initially he preyed on women home alone but quickly escalated to couples.

One thing I find amazing about this case is how many witnesses saw the Golden State Killer lurking around homes but no one reported him to police.  One witness even heard a scream but didn’t think anything of it.  The Golden State Killer was so confident and unphased by people he would casually walk away when confronted.

Michelle devoted countless hours researching and collaborating with law enforcement, victims, and witnesses to piece together the gruesome details behind the Golden State Killer in an attempt to bring him to justice.  He is still at large.

I would be remiss if I didn’t forewarn you this book is graphic and incredibly scary.  Very little frightens me and keeps me from losing sleep at night but I could only read this book is small doses during daytime hours, and preferably with someone else in the room with me.  If these details don’t bother you then I highly recommend you pick up a copy of this book.


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