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I’ll Be Gone in the Dark -Michelle McNamara


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The Written Review



Open the door. Show us your face.
Walk into the light.

The Golden State Killer began as a rapist and transitioned to a murderer – he reigned over California for over a decade...and then he just disappeared. Gone.

Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist, became interested in this cold case thirty years after it was published.

I love reading true crime, but I’ve always been aware of the fact that, as a reader, I am actively choosing to be a consumer of someone else’s tragedy.

She ran a popular website – called – and soon her mere interest became an obsession.

He loses his power when we know his face.

And so the search began.

Using the technology of today to track down this elusive killer.

I lamented to one of them that I felt I was grasping at straws.
“My advice? Grasp a straw,” he said. “Work it to dust.”

She chronicled her journey and the evidence she gathered in this book I’ll Be Gone in the Dark but before she could publish, she died.

But this book is one that was meant to be finished because hidden within its pages may be the evidence that finally unmasks this murderer.

He pointed a knife at her and issued a chilling warning: “Make one move and you’ll be silent forever and I’ll be gone in the dark.”


I don’t read much true crime because – like the quote above – it feels a bit weird, intrusive even, to read about someone else’s tragedy.

But there was something that compelled me to pick up McNamara’s book and I’m so glad I did.

It was so wonderfully written, the evidence was crazy and the overall feel of the book was amazing.

So many twists and turns – I found myself holding my breath and crossing my fingers as we approached the ending.

It’s definitely not one I’ll forget.

Interested in this one from Michelle McNamaraGillian Flynn, and  Patton Oswalt? Buy it here:  Amazon

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