I'll Be Gone in the Dark

I'll Be Gone in the Dark


The masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer - the serial rapist turned murderer who terrorised California for over a decade - from the late Michelle McNamara.

I'll Be Gone in the Dark offers a unique snapshot of suburban West Coast America in the 1980s, and a chilling account of the wreckage left behind by a criminal mastermind. It is also a portrait of one woman's obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth, three decades later, in spite of the personal cost.

Updated with material which takes in the extraordinary events that followed its initial publication, Michelle McNamara's first and last book is a contemporary classic - humane, haunting and heroic.

Our Review

It is rare now that I have time to read a book that hasn't been sent to me to review. This one was a Christmas or birthday present I had asked for after seeing it on Goodreads. 

I'll Be Gone in the Dark is not just about one woman's hunt for the identity of The Golden State Killer, it is a well researched book which helps to place the crimes in context of the time period they occurred in. We learn not only about his horrific acts but also sociological and historical information about the areas in which they occured. 

The intimate details of the victim's lives and the confidential style in which the author writes all serve to stop the victims being just another statistic. 

What drives someone to become obsessed with hunting a serial killer? I am still not fully sure what drove her but I am pleased she chose to pursue it. This book is one of the most fascinating Non-Fiction books I have read for a long time. 

The author's writing style makes it read very much as though it is a fictional account and this helps to soften the edges of the topic. 

It is dragic that she died before being able to see her book published and The Golden State Killer captured. I don't know if she was instrumental in his capture but all I can say is that she is fully deserving of recognition for reminding us of the victims. 

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