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, History, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Adult, True Story

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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Shannon A
    One of the most passionate investigations of one of the darkest times in American History; I could not put this book down. The dedication found within these pages to follow leads that end up hitting walls gives the reader insight into how one faceless man and his actions can haunt not only the victims, but those that hunt for the clues that will one day lead to justice. A book that will have you looking over your shoulder, and not quite able to s...
  • Cynthia
    Excellent true crime.
  • Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
    Full review here: http://www.shelfstalker.net/blog/ill-... For anyone interested in true crime, Michelle's name is one that is sure to strike a chord. Most people have a specific, memorable event that made them interested in true crime (if you're a murderino, you'll be quite familiar with the term "hometown") and there's always that defining moment that you can look back on and say, that was it, for me. I was bit and I never looked back.True crim...
  • Sam Mlyniec
    Unputdownable. Empathetic and ominous and terrifying, like the best Graysmith.
  • Andrea Lorenz
    (3.5 stars)The Golden State Killer committed over fifty sexual assaults and ten murders over ten years in Northern California. He was smart, leaving little evidence and never striking in the same place multiple times. He eluded detection and capture, leaving behind only fear and trauma. Michelle McNamara, citizen detective and true crime blogger details her search for the killer's true identity, while laying out his crimes, methodology, and the i...
  • Marion
    Oh, man. I just finished this engrossing book laying on an uncomfortable old couch with only the creaks of my rickety house to break the silence. My heart jumped out of my chest a few times. This book,which I received as a galley, is about the terror that the Golden State Killer brought to California and those who try to catch him, including Michelle McNamara. And it makes it a sad book. Because the murderer is never caught and Michelle McNamara ...
  • Jess
    Michelle McNamara is a master. A master of investigation, perseverance, and of excellent prose. In a narrative that is richly detailed and yet not indulgent or needlessly graphic, she paints a picture of life Southern California in the mid- to late-1970s during the reign of terror of the East Area Rapist/Golden State Killer. This book is a great look into the evolution of detective and investigative technologies. I wanted nothing more than to hel...
  • Katie
    An amazing piece of True Crime literature. Michelle McNamara didn't just tell a story, she pieced together a string of connected individuals and events, creating a map of wreckage that too many hands, eyes, and ears had been tied to, as well as unboxing old demons and sparking a fire to really figure out this gross case. This story told as much about this murderer at large as it did about neighborhood culture in the late 70's and early 80's. The ...
  • Jen Naughton
    I feel like Michelle, and I could have been friends had we ever met. I used to follow her on Twitter and her blog and admired her research skills. I was thrilled when I heard that her husband Patten Oswalt was going forward with this book after her untimely death.The Golden State Killer has never been identified. He terrorized a California community from the late 1970's to the late 1980's and had committed over fifty sexual assaults and ten murde...
  • Kristen Beverly
    This is another one of those WOW books. So intriguing, fascinating and creepy. Don’t be reading this book too close to bed! McNamara (and editors and friends) goes into great details of the Golden State Killer, as well as other serial murders and rapes, the history of dna testing, and how they used different methods to try to narrow their search. The whole aim of the book is to try to get more eyes on it so that someone somewhere may be able to...
  • Raven Andrus
    This book's end gave me chills. It's such a shame that Michelle McNamara did not survive to finish it, her writing is so engaging and makes you want to simultaneously rush to the end to hear her expert conclusion while wanting to savor every single word. This should go down as a classic in the true crime genre. RIP Michelle McNamara. I believe she would've caught him and seen him brought to justice.
  • Chris
    Michelle McNamara was a gifted true crime fanatic. Her white wale was the GSK, one of America's most prolific and elusive criminals. This book is her magnum opus. I couldn't wait to read it, and it was worth the wait.
  • Kristin
    An overwhelmingly obsessed Michelle McNamara dissects the decades old trail of tragedy, trauma and ongoing taunts by the elusive East Area Rapist in her investigative crime thriller “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” published posthumously after her unexpected demise. Dubbed the “Golden State Killer” by McNamara herself, his crime spree started with 50 unsolved rapes before escalating to numerous murders leaving terrorized California residents ...
  • Andrienne
    Thorough investigation of the events during the late 70s to early 80s of a serial rapist/killer. The author takes you to the frustration and the exhilaration of piecing together how the East Area Rapist (EAR) or Golden State Killer (GSK) managed to avoid capture even with numerous witnesses and physical evidence. Sadly, the author passed away before finishing this astounding book. Access to review copy provided by the publisher.
  • Jamie Canaves
    Terrifying and heartbreaking, McNamara was clearly a gifted crime journalist seeking justice rather than obsessing over a perpetrator.(TW: sexual assault) McNamara never forgot about an unsolved murder from her childhood neighborhood which ultimately led to her creating a website as an adult to try and solve unsolved cases. One of those, which became her obsession, was the East Area Rapist who preyed in California during the ’70s and ’80s (sh...