Chase Darkness with Me by Billy Jensen

Chase Darkness with Me

Have you ever wanted to solve a murder? Gather the clues the police overlooked? Put together the pieces? Identify the suspect?Journalist Billy Jensen spent fifteen years investigating unsolved murders, fighting for the families of victims. Every story he wrote had one thing in common―they didn't have an ending. The killer was still out there.But after the sudden death of a friend, crime writer and author of I'll Be Gone in the Dark, Michelle Mc...

Details Chase Darkness with Me

TitleChase Darkness with Me
Release DateAug 13th, 2019
GenreCrime, True Crime, Nonfiction, Audiobook, Mystery, Autobiography, Memoir

Reviews Chase Darkness with Me

  • JanB
    True crime is having a moment. Growing up, I used to sneak read True Detective magazine under the covers. But now, those of us who are true crime fans can admit to our fascination without sounding too weird. What drives an interest in true crime? Contrary to what some may believe, fans do not derive voyeuristic pleasure out of the misery of others. Investigative journalist Billy Jensen’s driving force is empathy for the victims and their famili...
  • Valerity (Val)
    I reviewed a digital version of this book. The author was a friend and colleague of Michelle McNamera’s until she passed away while working on her true crime book, ‘I’ll Be Gone In The Dark.’ He is one of several who helped her husband to finish the book and get it published. This is his story, telling how he went from just reporting on stories to getting so frustrated that he jumped in and started solving them. He and Michelle had plans ...
  • Marialyce
    4.5 starsSometimes a tragedy can spur one onto doing something, of taking a stand, of getting involved. With the death of his friend, Michele McNamara, the author of I'll Be Gone In the Dark, a book I read and so enjoyed, Billy Jensen becomes involved in the concept and tracking of killers who got away. With the advent of DNA tracking, many, who were previously living among us, though that was denied the ones they killed, were fated to be found. ...
  • Johann (jobis89)
    Billy Jensen, who finished Michelle McNamara's I'll Be Gone in the Dark following her untimely death, talks about his love for true crime and how he became involved in investigating unsolved murders.Jensen provides a really fascinating insight into how he carries out his own investigative journalist and lays down the tools - and rules - to help you get involved yourself. I’m not 100% convinced that it’s a good idea to encourage people to get ...
  • Fiona
    RTC as per the publisher's request - but let's let the foreword (by Karen Kilgariff of My Favorite Murder) speak for me in the meantime:It's a movie plot come to life. After years of difficult, thankless work, a reporter obsessed with justice gets the rare satisfaction of seeing justice finally served. Who doesn't want to read that immediately?
  • Natasha Niezgoda
    Body In Cat Litter - Say What?! Billy Jensen has seen it all!! 4 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐By now, you all know I live for true crime and so when Billy Jensen (friends with Karen and Georgia from MFM and he helped finish Michelle McNamara’s book) came out with his own book, I was all over it!Jensen is an incredible storyteller and his road to becoming an investigative journalist is pretty cool. Chase Darkness with Me is an autobiographical view into Je...
  • Renee (itsbooktalk)
    4.5 starsIf you like true crime, especially in the form of investigative journalism, this audiobook is for you! I was initially drawn to this story because of Billy’s association with Michelle McNamarra in the amazing I’ll Be Gone in the Dark book from 2018. Billy worked closely with Michelle on her Golden State Killer case and after her death he was instrumental in helping to finish and get her book published. In his new audiobook, Billy tel...
  • Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
    4.0 StarsThis is exactly the kind of true crime book that I love reading. Within each chapter, the author outlines a variety of interesting cases and shares how he uses social media tools to attempt to find justice for the victims. Some of the cases in this book have answers, while others still remain unsolved. It was fascinating to learn how he uses simple methods like posting information to Twitter and Facebook in order to try to solve major cr...
  • Gabe
    I came into this book with no expectations. I've listened to My Favorite Murder since the beginning and was familar with Jensen as a result of the podcast (which he was a guest on during the GSK drama) and the book he helped complete after Michelle McNamara's death (I'll be Gone in the Dark). In this book, Jensen takes the reader through his childhood, when his father would show him newspaper articles about criminals being caught. This was the be...
  • Carla (Carla's Book Bits)
    I'm not a person who normally highlights quotes from a book. I never think about compiling a list of phrases that resonate with me, or impress me. And now that I've found the book that I want to highlight and share the words of, I'm so sad that it turned out to be an ARC, because the things that Billy Jensen has written about here are so pertinent to life. Crime and death are things that have touched everyone, and Jensen is sensitive to this duri...
  • Sarah Titus
    This is the other side of true crime. The side without answers, the messy side. Billy Jensen is trying to do something new to solve the hard cases—creating an army of volunteers online to help fill in the gaps—to bring peace to families and justice to perpetrators. This is an amazing read. It’s inspired me to think about doing more with my time and my skillset to help. You should think about reading this. He could really use the help. All t...
  • Katie
    Billy Jensen puts everything he has into his work. It’s clear that bringing killers to justice is a great passion of his and it’s amazing just how many cases he’s been involved in. I read this, of course, because I’m an MFM fan and now listen to the Murder Squad podcast (where Jensen pleaded with listeners to buy his book haha). His details about the Allenstown 4 case are truly harrowing and I had to do a doubletake when he mentioned the ...
  • Jade Wright
    Billy Jensen is fantastic - need I say more? No.. but I will. Chase Darkness With me is an in depth look into investigating / solving murder cases. It's extremely personal, inspiring, motivational, gut-wrenching and devastating all rolled into one. He shares his story of getting to know Karen and Georgia (if you don't know who they are.... I have no words,) Paul Holes and Michelle McNamara. I read I'll Be Gone in the Dark last year and I feel as ...
  • Bee
    Review to come.
  • Kristin
    What starts as bingeable read about the author's evolution from crime fan, to writer, to amateur detective quickly becomes a repetitive recap of his attempts at social media crowd sleuthing (most of which fail to catch the criminal).What I enjoyed most was the relationship Jensen has with his father. Where so many crime writers driving motivations are rooted in their own terrible, dark upbringings it's refreshing to read about someone whose obses...
  • Katie
    self-aggrandizing mediocre drivel
  • Michelle
    I had no idea what to expect for an "audible original" and part of me admittedly wondered if this would somehow be less of a book. The answer is a resounding no (though I think I enjoyed this far more than I would've in regular book form--particularly due to Billy Jensen's narration). I knew that Jensen had finished I'll Be Gone in the Dark for Michelle McNamara following her death, and I knew he was a "true crime writer" but he is so much more t...
  • Kaitlyn
    If you’re a fan of true crime, you probably already want to read this book. And if you don’t? You need to. This was absolutely fascinating. Jensen walks you through his own life, the cases he’s helped solve, and the cases he’s still working on. There’s also a call-to-action for others to step in and help as well. It’s so interesting and such a promising revolution in crime.
  • Jenn (The Book Refuge)
    This was very exciting, terrifying, and educational. Crowd sourcing really will be the way to catch criminals moving forward. Billy did I great job moving narrating and bringing his experiences to life. It got a bit dry in places, but over all, great book.
  • Katherine
    I just love the book, the concept of a victim's advocate/citizen detective and basically anything to do with Billy Jensen. I learned of Billy Jensen through the untimely, unfortunate death of Michelle McNamara and the release of her book about the Golden State Killer. I am in awe of those who do crime writing and those who strive to make a difference in the world. I appreciate the information but more over I appreciate knowing that there is someo...
  • Angus McKeogh
    Pretty good stuff. The first 85% of the book or so was about the author pursuing criminals through social media and some of his successes. This section of the book was great. The last section of the book was about DIY criminal pursuit. Hmmm...not something I’m looking to jump into so a little less interesting.
  • Carol
    Very interesting to learn more about GSK. Interesting aspects of Jensen using social media and communities to help solve crimes. Written straight and to the point.
  • Amy Morgan
    I was so excited to get an advance of this book true crime addict that I am and it did not disappoint! Billy Jensen lets us see how he got started with his obsession of looking into unsolved crimes and I loved every minute of it! It was also deeply touching reading about his friendship with Michelle McNamara who has gone from this world much too soon. Billy’s passion and dedication to helping victims is very evident throughout this book. Thank ...
  • Fern
    Interesting tale. But tone teeters on bombastic. Persisted because of the true crime element. And there is the engaging idea that crowd sourcing can work for crime solving.
  • Jessica
    Have you ever read a true crime story or watched something a true crime TV show and thought, I could solve that? Do you enjoy trying to spot the clues that may have been overlooked or creating your own suspect list?Billy Jensen has always been that guy! Jensen has spent the last 15 years investigating unsolved murders and working to bring peace and justice to the victim’s families. You’ve likely heard his name in connection to Michelle McNama...
  • Janet
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. ***Foreword by Karen Kilgariff, co-host of My Favorite Murder podcast***Journalist Billy Jensen has built his career on solving cold case murders, often using the information found on social media and in other ...
  • Neville Longbottom
    4.5 - I’m fascinated by true crime and unsolved mysteries. I have phases where I’ll spend too much time on the Unresolved Mysteries subreddit. I listened to the first season of the In the Dark podcast two times. I’m definitely not a true crime buff by any means, but I like checking in on that realm from time to time. This book caught my attention when I found out that Billy Jensen was one of the people who helped finish Michelle McNamara’...
  • Kyle
    Thank you to Billy Jensen, Sourcebooks and NetGalley for the copy of “Chase Darkness with Me” This was my first entry into the true crime novel. I have caught a few forensic files and have always been interested in the genre. The news coverage of the tragic events of “I’ll Be Gone In the Dark” by the late Michele McNamara also caught my attention, but not in a salacious way, more of a empathetic sense. This leads me to Mr. Jensen’s ap...
  • ✿✿✿May
    If you like true crime, you will like this one. I listened to this after having listened to I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer and Evil Has A Name: The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation, both about the Golden State Killer investigation, as a large portion of this book was devoted to Michelle McNamara.