I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

I'll Be Gone in the Dark

Introduction by Gillian FlynnAfterword by Patton Oswalt“I’ll Be Gone in the Dark will undoubtedly be stocked in the True Crime section, which is fine, but in so many ways it’s a brilliant genre-buster. It’s propulsive, can’t-stop-now reading, which makes it all too easy to ignore the clean and focused writing. What readers need to know—what makes this book so special—is that it deals with two obsessions, one light and one dark. The ...

Details I'll Be Gone in the Dark

TitleI'll Be Gone in the Dark
Release DateFeb 27th, 2018
GenreNonfiction, Crime, True Crime, Mystery, History, Audiobook, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Autobiography, Memoir, Adult

Reviews I'll Be Gone in the Dark

  • Megan Abbott
    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, str...
  • viktoria
    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 podcasts. Sadly, I never read Michelle McNamara's work until after her death. After reading a few articles, I saved reading the rest until after I read this book. I'm going to try not to fangirl all over the place, but this was stunningly amazing. I...
  • Trudi
    "The truth was, I was jittery from sugar, hunger, and spending too much time alone in the dark absorbing a fifty-chapter horror story narrated in the kind of dead voice used by desk clerks at the DMV." ~Michelle McNamara, I'll Be Gone in the Dark I probably would have been drawn to this book eventually no matter what. Well-written true crime that unfolds like the best of a police procedural with all the markers of a gripping horror suspense nove...
  • Josh
    I'll Be Gone In The Dark is a haunting and disturbing book, beautifully written and densely populated with facts and footnotes all of which convey the authors fierce determination to catch a long hidden serial killer and rapist responsible for over 50 acts of unimaginable cruelty in California during the 1970's and 1980's.Due to the authors' unexpected passing prior to the completion of the book, two thirds of the content comprises her eloquent s...
  • Tammy
    This one didn’t quite do it for me. I found the story interesting because I knew absolutely nothing about this killer that got away (not a spoiler). The development of the methodologies to apprehend criminals was fascinating and many of the terms are commonplace today. It’s an uneven book and I found myself mentally re-writing sentences for clarity. The messy sentences (in places) may be the result of piecing together a book from the deceased...
  • Ashley
    I will not let this review defeat me! I will not!I have so much to say about this book I don't know how to organize it, and I'm still not sure what I'm going to rate it even as I type this; and I'm still freaked out by it, and still sad, and I want the Golden State Killer caught, but what if he's dead?? If he's dead, we're never going to catch him!! ARGGGGh.Okay, so I've been looking forward to this book ever since I heard about it, back before M...
  • Eve
    “There's a scream permanently lodged in my throat now.”—Michelle McNamaraI'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 o...
  • Ammar
    A true crime in the tradition of the masters like Capote, Ann Rule, and the shows like Forensic Files, 48 hours mystery. A plot that spans decades. The 70s right to the 2000s. And a reporter who is obsessed. A healthy and unhealthy obsession that gave her nightmares and made her check out windows in the dark and take a refuge in the screen of her laptop to solve this crime. This book is an unfinished book.. it’s raw.. the author passed away dur...
  • Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
    4.0 StarsThis was such an addicting true crime book! The case was absolutely fascinating so it was easy to see how the author became so obsessed with this particular serial killer and rapist. This was a fast read with just the right amount of detail to fuel my obsessive brain, without bogging down the narrative with mundane descriptions.Unfortunately, knowing the author died before publication, it was evident that this book was not quite complete...
  • Robin
    I read this with my heart in my mouth, not only because of the sinister topic of a serial rapist/killer who has never been named, but also because the author died while researching and writing the book. However, NcNamara and her follow-up authors did an excellent job of investigating these heinous crimes that took place over thirty years ago, and then writing and constructing a narrative that will not only chill your bones but cause a few sleeple...
  • Katie
    My family has lived in the California Bay Area for five generations. This story is personal to me because these locations are all places my family has called home (Concord, Danville, San Ramon), but Michelle McNamara makes this story personal for everyone through her empathy for the victims, her commitment to justice, and her mesmerizing narrative. To be interested in True Crime also involves absorbing a large degree of human suffering, and the m...
  • Krista
    A man in a leather hood entered the window of a house in Citrus Heights and snuck up on a sixteen-year-old girl watching a television alone in the den. 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 read a lot of true crime in my early twenties in an effort, I suppose, to “understand the human condition”. As I matured, I began to recognise the prurient ...
  • KC
    The Golden State Killer has never been identified. He terrorized a California community from the late 1970's to the late 1980's, had committed over 50 sexual assaults, and 10 sadistic murders. Since then, numerous law enforcement officers, theorists, and crime reporters have all had a go at this elusive criminal. True Crime Journalist, Michelle McNamara had made it her life's work to gather, collect, interview, and compile all that she could to b...
  • Angus McKeogh
    Really enjoyed this one. There’s just something about a really enthralling true crime book. This was actually a case I was unfamiliar with and it was filled with the classic facts, details, and investigative intrigue of other really great true crime reads. Unfortunately the author passed away before finishing the book; therefore, some of the sections were cobbled together by editors and a traditional narrative arc was sometimes disjointed. But ...
  • Jay Dwight
    I'm not a huge reader of true crime. But let me say, this book is excellent. It reads like a police procedural, written with feeling, compassion, anger and despair. It's the story of a true crime buff's obsessive search to solve the cold case re one of America's least known but most prolific serial offenders. Totally addictive read. Not a gory read, or filled with gratuitous violence, but a totally creepy criminal. This permeated by dreams in the...
  • Kate
    I'm a fan of true crime, but I don't revel in the gory details, so I don't read a ton of true crime books anymore. But I do still listen to podcasts, watch the ID channel like it's my job, and search the internet for more information. I am not big on unsolved mysteries- the reason I am drawn to true crime is that it usually helps my anxiety to know that yes, there are monsters, and this is how they get caught. Michelle McNamara was an extraordina...
  • Annarose Mclaughlin
    I couldn't put this book down. It was as engrossing as it was absolutely terrifying.
  • Kelly
    Phenomenal! Well written and the most frightening work I've ever read.
  • Becky
    One thing people are surprised to learn about me is that I have a BA in criminal justice. I've got 16 years and counting working in the publishing industry in one form or another, and a degree in criminal justice that I've never used. (I did minor in anthropology and English, so I'm using part of my education at least.) And I did love my university experience. I loved my major and I especially loved the department.But even now, as a reader, I gen...
  • Emily
    This is an unusual book and not just because its author died before completing it. It's a true crime book in which McNamara includes extensive portions of memoir, almost as if she knew this would be her only chance to explain the roots of her obsession. Some sections are reproduced from articles she published, or pieced together from notes, and the conclusion is written by some of her online collaborators. (By the way, the excerpt in the New York...
  • Marissa
    This was nearly a five star for me except for the chapter editing in places. I don't normally mind books that hop around in time, but it was confusing when something was mentioned and you couldn't tell if it was a previous event we already heard about or something new that was just similar. Perhaps part of the issue was that I read an electronic version and couldn't easily just flip back to the timeline to double check dates or names, but it was ...
  • Renee (itsbooktalk.com)
    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...
  • Allison
    This is truly a masterpiece of the genre. It is also a beautiful memoir and tribute to Michelle's life. The forward and afterward are so touching and I really loved getting to know more about Michelle and the kind of person she was.As for the more technical parts of publishing an almost finished book posthumously, I think the team did a really good job. The parts of chapters that were pieced together flow seamlessly with the rest of the text, and...
  • Clark
    Same old same old regurgitated as something "new". No new insights, no new information, just another hack trying to profit off the readily available free information one can find via a quick web search.
  • Sarah Beth
    I received an uncorrected proof copy of this book from HarperCollins. I could not put this book down. I thought about it all day. I laid awake in the darkness wondering about what I would read next. Although her death was already a tragedy, I mourned anew because now I knew what death had ripped her away from: the conclusion of this masterfully written work of art and the untold hours of research it represents.Michelle McNamara spent hundreds of ...
  • Dawn
    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) ser...
  • Katie/Doing Dewey
    Summary: Engaging and well written, if a little disorganized."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," (source) was obsessed with determining his identity. Online,...
  • Kelly Hager
    I've always said that the best journalism (whether print or on the air) is the one where the reporter is almost invisible, where the story at hand gets the entire focus. I still believe that's true, but I'll Be Gone in the Dark is a notable exception. Michelle McNamara is all over this book, and the sections where we see her life and personality are my absolute favorites.And on a related note, I think most readers would admit that when they read ...
  • Scott
    Two 5⭐ reads in five days!? Maybe I need to read more non-fiction. McNamara has a way of pulling you into a story woven as well as any modern thriller or procedural and a way of instilling fear because everything is true. Along with a well laid out explanation of the facts is an intimate insight into McNamara’s life and her obsession with helping catch this elusive killer. Parts of the narrative are made more poignant by her sudden death.Ther...