I’ll Be Gone In the Dark By Michelle McNamara | Book Review

i'll be gone in the dark review




A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer—the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade—from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case.

“You’ll be silent forever, and I’ll 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.


“Movies don’t capture the effect of the real thing. It’s impossible to reproduce in a studio. Conversations stop. Heads jerk. Eardrums pound with dread. For nothing signals terror like a teenage girl’s wild, unrestrained scream in the night”

I don’t think words can accurately describe how I felt reading Michelle McNamara’s brilliant work of True Crime. If I possessed the talent for prose Michelle did perhaps I could.

I’ll Be Gone In the Dark is one of the most unique pieces of True Crime I have ever read. All of the trademarks are there, of course, the meticulous research, the evidence, the writers own theories and interviews with detectives and internet sleuths. However unique to this story is the hauntingly beautiful narrative prose and Michelle’s persona perfectly entwined in the story. Paul Holes phrases it best in the book;

“The ability to learn the case, have insights that many do not have the aptitude for, the persistence, and the fun and engaging personality all wrapped up in one person was amazing”

As a reader, you can’t help but be painfully aware throughout the novel that this wonderful human was taken from the world to soon. I have hope that all her painstaking work and obsession with finding the responsible suspect will be rewarded after a reader reads this book and, like Michelle utilizes their own skills playing detective. Finally fitting the pieces together and solving the case she dedicated much of her life trying to figure out.

“We will not stop until we get his name, we’ll be playing detective as well”

The book is as one expects, completely riveting. I made the mistake of starting it during the process of moving and working and ended up reading it into the wee hours of the morn. With all my lights on and doors locked of course. She has a way with prose that is so visual, I was often left with chills up my spine and a scream caught in my throat. As someone who has read a lot of True Crime, I can say nothing has yet left me quite as shook to my core as this book.

Even if you aren’t a True Crime reader I implore you to read this book. It’s a window into the beautiful person that was Michelle, and an intimate view into the obsession that kept her up at night.

I had to read the last chapter several times the “Letter to an old man” she wrote has an immense impact and I can only imagine what the Golden State Killer felt if he has read it. I hope he has, and I hope like so many of his victims, He is afraid.

“Open the door. Show us your face.

Walk into the light”


I think it’s also very important to highlight we should all trust our gut instinct. If you see something suspicious that doesn’t seem right, call 000/911. Worst case they check it out and it’s nothing, but you could be ultimately saving someone’s life.

Whoever Fights Monsters Review


Whoever Fights Monsters is the first book by Robert Ressler I have read, and I have to say I am very impressed. Ressler is an expert in his field, which this book is a clear demonstration of. Though certainly not for the faint of heart and I recommend reading something light afterward.

Whoever Fights Monsters is about the history of criminal profiling and how Robert started his journey into this area. He is very humble when talking about his efforts and contributions to the field. He also is very careful to give credit to those that have earned it, which makes him very endearing.

Robert talks about the interviews he conducted with serial offenders throughout his career, and he demonstrates how the information he gathered has helped in identifying people at risk of becoming potential criminals. He also discusses how this information has informed profiling current offenders.

The whole book is insanely engaging and is right up my alley. Personally, I’m in the middle of my Psychology and Criminology degree. Though I believe it would be interesting to whoever is intrigued by the human mind and what happens with things go wrong.

A warning, there are crime scene photos in the book which could be triggering for some people.

True Crime Addict Review

True Crime Addict

Hello, bibliophiles!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Thursday, today I’m reviewing True Crime Addict which I polished off late last night as I just couldn’t put it down.

This book is about the disappearance of Maura Murry, a case I hadn’t heard about until the book was mentioned to me, so I hadn’t done any research on it. James Renner identifies all we know in regards to the night of her disappearance that is confirmed evidence and then delves in expertly with the most intriguing. The theories about what we may never know happened.

This is the first book I read of Renner’s, and I’m extremely impressed, he has an earnest quality to him and is very honest in his storytelling. He also believes in journalists being open about their research and has a blog with all of the evidence and interviews he collected while working on the case, something I wish more writers did. Warning, I highly recommend going on it while not on deadline for a project as you will spend at the very least, an hour perusing the evidence.

I don’t want to say too much on this one as I don’t want to spoil it; so to finish, I will just say that I highly recommend you pick up this book! You will finish it the same day you start because you won’t be able to put it down. I think this book does an excellent job of showing how the media can portray the victim of crimes as a myriad of positive clichés rather than a portrait of the person, something which the people that knew them also do, which unfortunately makes a case very hard to solve. Most people don’t look for the girl next door in the seedy neighborhood a few blocks away, and in some cases, they should.

True Crime Addict

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