Review: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, by Michelle McNamara

ill be gone in the dark michelle mcnamara

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Nonfiction, Biography, True Crime

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I heard amazing things about this book, written by the author of the blog http://truecrimediary.com/, which deals with never-solved cold cases. Michelle died in 2016, and this book was published after being put together from what she’d written plus her notes. The author has a matter-of-factly but tactful voice. She makes the point to make the victims the center of the story, and doesn’t deal with the crimes with morbid curiosity. She aims not to glamorize the murderer, and I think she did that very well.

It was an eerie experience to listen to this book. The cold patience of the murderer, the chilling need to cause fear, to become a nightmare, it was just so unnerving. I cannot fathom going through something as horrific and scarring and that, and I’m in awe at the women who managed to move on. I’m also deeply hurt by the thought that many perhaps couldn’t. I recommend this book if you have a strong heart. Mine almost broke, and I was on a sullen mood while listening to this and had to take several breaks.

“You’ll be silent forever, and I’ll be gone in the dark.”

There is a suspect now for the man behind these crimes. He was arrested only two months after this book was published. As I’m not from the US, this completely went over my head, but I vaguely remember reading something about it months ago.

Here is some info about it, as per time of this review (December, 2018):

NY Times – What We Know About Joseph DeAngelo, the Golden State Killer Suspect

AJC – Affidavit: Golden State Killer suspect’s DNA obtained while he shopped at Hobby Lobby

Audible has an original audiobook about this, and it referrs to itself as a last chapter to this book, in case you guys are interested: Evil Has a Name

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