Thursday, March 1, 2018

Review: I'LL BE GONE IN THE DARK by Michelle McNamara

Publisher Harper
Length 352 pages
Format ebook
Published 2018
Series standalone
My Copy provided by the publisher


I'll Be Gone In The Dark is a haunting and disturbing book, beautifully written and densely populated with facts and footnotes all of which convey the authors fierce determination to catch a long hidden serial killer and rapist responsible for over 50 acts of unimaginable cruelty in California during the 1970's and 1980's.


Due to the authors' unexpected passing prior to the completion of the book, two thirds of the content comprises her eloquent sweeping narrative which is as addictive to read as it is informative. Whilst the last third is made up of published articles, penned thoughts, collaborator commentary and useful insight into Michelle McNamara as more than an armchair detective, but as a person with a passion for justice. 

Such is the subject matter, I found myself waking in the middle of night to near every bump, crunch, and gust of wind thinking a killer was casing my home, probing my property for entry points and studying my surroundings for whatever nefarious purpose he had in mind. Few true crime books have had such an effect on me as I'll Be Gone In The Dark. 

My rating: 5/5 stars. Despite the drop-off in content quality in the later stages of the book, this is an excellent read, thoroughly researched which purveys the authors' dogged determination to catch a killer.   

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