I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

I'll Be Gone in the Dark

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 pe...

Details I'll Be Gone in the Dark

TitleI'll Be Gone in the Dark
Release DateFeb 27th, 2018
GenreNonfiction, Crime, True Crime, Mystery, Audiobook

Reviews I'll Be Gone in the Dark

  • Kemper
    **Update 4/26/2018 - When this book was published it was an unsolved mystery. It got a happy ending yesterday.**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 al...
  • viktoria
    ETA 4/25/18 in the most holy crap, hopeful, bawling kind of way: I hope you got him, Michelle. I hope THEY got him. #IllBeGoneInTheDark #MichelleMcNamara #stepintothelight https://t.co/ewq3NyCz56— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) April 25, 2018 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 C...
  • Julie
    I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara is a 2018 Harper publication. 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 pot...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Incredible. It was a pleasure to listen to this following the capture of Joseph Deangelo, and it's excruciating to think that Michelle was so close to unveiling one of the most notorious serial rapists and murderers in US history. If you haven't managed to snag this one yet, I highly recommend listening to the audiobook if that's your thing; all the narrators were beyond excellent and audible has all the pdf downloads available to view alongside ...
  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
    FIVE STARSMy 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 ...
  • Larry H
    Since its publication earlier this year, some have asked whether Michelle McNamara's utterly engrossing true crime book, I'll Be Gone in the Dark , would be as popular if McNamara, the wife of comedian and actor Patton Oswalt, hadn't died suddenly while writing the book in 2016. While that tragedy certainly raised the book's profile, the fact is, this is a tremendously well-written and compelling book, worthy of every bit of acclaim it's gotten....
  • Erin
    UPDATE: An arrest has been made, 72 year old Joseph James DeAngelo a former police officer.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...
  • 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...
  • Malia
    I was very wary of reading this book, because it just sounded so, so creepy and when I bought it, the killer had not yet been caught. Yet when he was recently, after so many years, I felt compelled to know the background and read the book. It is a tragic story, made all the more so because it's passionate, dogged author did not live to see this man's arrest, something she so badly wished for. This story is so disturbing, I could not get it out of...
  • 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...
  • Heidi The Hippie Reader
    Michelle McNamara was obsessed with the subject of this book. She believed that by using modern technology, a rapist and killer could finally be brought to justice.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 thorou...
  • Johann (jobis89)
    "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."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 ...
  • Erin
    Audiobook performed by Gabra Zackman 9h 45 minPhenomenal! 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 book was published...
  • Trudi
    ***Update 4/26/2018: the monster has been unmasked "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...
  • Glenn Sumi
    FIVE THINGS I LIKED ABOUT I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK (AND FIVE THINGS I DIDN’T)By now, most everyone knows that police have, decades after he killed more than a dozen people and raped more than 50, found and arrested the alleged Golden State Killer, the subject of this true crime book by Michelle McNamara.It’s a phenomenal story, and I’m sure there will be an expanded edition* when the book comes out in paperback. (It’s also currently bei...
  • Julie Ehlers
    I'll Be Gone in the Dark does several things very successfully. It reports compellingly on the Golden State Killer and the various law-enforcement personnel who tried to track him down—and in some cases, are still trying. It gives a fascinating window into Michelle McNamara's own psyche: why she became interested in serial killers and the effect her fascination has had on her entire life. And most indelibly, for me, it creates an immersive port...
  • 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...
  • Ellen Gail
    UPDATE : An arrest has been made. And I'm crying. I'm so fucking proud of you Michelle. We've seen your face Joseph James DeAngelo. Welcome to the light motherfucker.--------------- This is how you 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. 4.5 stars. Ellen Gail tested, Penny approved.This one smashed my heart like an old watermelon and ...
  • Myrna
    Incredible true crime and memoir. As I mentioned in my status update, while reading this book the alleged sick !?@#*$ that reigned terror was captured. The author, a journalist, devoted her life seeking justice through heartbreaking research but ultimately died before she could finish her work and put the book together as she wished. As McNamara stated at the end of her book, “one day we’ll get you”. Yes, Michelle, it looks like they did!!!
  • Taylor
    This was my most highly anticipated book of 2018, and the first book I ever preordered. I didn't want to run the risk of a waiting list at my local library, and knew I would want to read it the second it was available. I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara arrived on my doorstep February 27. Yesterday, March 8, I finally finished it. At 328 pages and in my favorite genre of true cr...
  • Sara
    Update: 4/25/18So I almost can’t believe I’m writing this. There’s going to be a press conference later today. They have arrested the original night stalker. It’s a 100% DNA match. You did it Michelle.******Wow.From the mid 70's to the 1980's northern California was terrorized by a man known only as the East Area Rapist. Though it would be years before forensic science was able to put all the pieces together this man would eventually be w...
  • 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...
  • Robin
    UPDATE: Today (4/25/18), it is being reported that the killer has been caught! 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 const...
  • Simone St James
    So good. So scary. So tragic. So detailed. So chilling. So sad. SO GOOD.
  • Diane
    This is a gripping true crime book! I was riveted by the news that authorities arrested a man in the Golden State Killer case, and this book is a good overview of those crimes. "I'll be Gone in the Dark" doesn't unfold in a strict chronology; rather it more closely follows Michelle McNamara's amateur sleuthing on the case. She had been interested in unsolved crimes since childhood, and spent years following up on clues and tracking down leads abo...
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  • Claire
    This is simply one of the most stunning works of true crime I have ever read- and not just because I’ve read it at this timely moment- when the Golden State Killer has finally been captured. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is certainly a work tainted by tragedy- not only the innumerable personal tragedies of the crimes perpetrated by the Golden State Killer, but the tragedy of the untimely end of Michelle McNamara’s life, before she was able to se...
  • 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...
  • Caroline
    ***NO SPOILERS***I first heard about this book when I read a beautiful article about how Michelle McNamara’s husband was handling his grief over her sudden death, and I was immediately interested. This was a case I’d never heard of and one that particularly fascinated McNamara, but unfortunately, I didn't feel the same fascination after reading this. It is indeed about an “obsessive search.” I’d also add “exhaustive to a fault.” If ...