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

There are so many true crime books out there but this one really stands out, based on one cold case, several victims and a curious investigative journalist – I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is a wonderfully deep and absorbing book that will leave you questioning everything and everyone.

Unfortunately, Michelle passed away in 2016 and this book is a living testament to her tireless dedication and curiosity. The book was partly written by Michelle and then put together using her research notes and published posthumously in February 2018; it is seamless.

The book tells us a story; partly the history of the case of The Golden State Killer and then through her eyes as she spent hours sifting through old police reports and liaising with amateur sleuths via the internet. This was an obsessive project she had undertaken in an attempt to catch the monster, the serial killer, burglar and rapist that terrorized and haunted the residents of California between 1974 and 1986.

This is not just hard facts; each chapter keeps you gripped and as each page turns you hope Michelle is getting closer to the truth of who this monster really was. Little did she know that after her death on April 25, 2018, Californian authorities arrested Joseph James DeAngelo as the alleged Golden State Killer. The first thing that comes to your mind is how unfortunate it was for Michelle not to have seen him captured but we live in hope that her work contributed to capture of such an evil man.

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