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Book Review: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara


I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara

Published by Harper on February 27, 2018

Pages: 328

Genres: true crime, non fiction, mystery

Rating: 5 stars

Recommend to fans of: true crime

Read with food: strawberries and homemade whipped cream ~ this food choice really has nothing to do with the content of the book, but I was listening to the audiobook while washing and processing the strawberries from my garden, so those foods and this book will forever be linked for me 



For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.

Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called “the Golden State Killer.” Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark —the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death—offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman’s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Utterly original and compelling, it is destined to become a true crime classic—and may at last unmask the Golden State Killer.


I’m obsessed with this book!

Everyone I’ve talked to about it, loves it as well. As I was listening to the audiobook version, my mom was asking me about it too.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is a methodical, obsessive, and intriguing search for the Golden State Killer. She takes us through his crimes, the police investigations, and her painstaking research. I don’t think there are enough words to accurately convey how much I enjoyed this book.

As a true crime book, it discusses the crimes without going into unnecessary graphic detail. She does justice for the victims and their families, first through her blog and then through her book. Michelle helped so many people even after her death.

At the time of publication the killer had not been identified or taken into police custody. A few months ago both happened, and it’s so satisfying. Almost immediately after finishing reading I searched for news articles and videos about his capture.

I so, so recommend giving this book a read!


Question for you all:

If Michelle McNamara were still alive today, what would you tell her about her book and the real life capture of the Golden State killer?

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Reader Confessions Tag



While I didn’t get officially get tagged for this, Life Should Be Lit said anyone who wants to do the tag, can … so here we go

Don’t forget to check out her blog here: Life Should Be Lit


My Reader Confessions


  1. Have you ever damaged a book?

Probably … I’m fairly careful with my books so I don’t damage them too much. Although a few days ago I knocked over a mug of tea and spilled some on the front cover of a paperback. Not cool. Dried it off, and the book’s okay in case all of were wondering. 

2. Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?

Nope. One of the books I spilled water on was a library book, but it was hardcover with a plastic covering on it, so no harm done. 

I have lost a library book though … left it in my human anatomy lecture hall in college. Definitely had to pay the $25 to replace it.

I’m fairly careful with my books and items in general, so no horror stories here.

  1. How long does it take you to read a book?

That completely depends on how many books I’m reading at once. I usually read 2-3 books at a time. If I’m only reading one book, then 3-4 days for fiction or memoir. A non fiction book will probably take me about a week. 

  1. Books that you haven’t finished?

Check my DNF list on Goodreads here: DNFs on Goodreads

I used to rarely DNF books, but I’ve learned that life is too short to read books that I’m not enjoying. 

  1. Hyped/popular books that you didn’t like?

The Hunger Games and Twilight Series

Truthfully, I’ve never read them so I can’t officially say that I didn’t like them …. but no matter how many people have absolutely raved about them, I’ve had absolutely no desire to read either series. 

  1. Is there a book you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading?

No, I don’t think so. I might not tell every person, every book I’m reading, but I put it all on Goodreads, so it’s pretty much an open book.  Pun intended.

Am I going to tell my Dad about the romance novel I’m reading? Errr, … probably not, but if he asked me, I wouldn’t lie either.

  1. How many books do you own?

Books from my childhood: a lot, probably over 200. My sisters and I shared them, so they’re not all strictly mine. 

Books I’ve acquired as an adult: maybe 50. I rarely reread books, and I borrow a lot from the library so I don’t have a huge physical collection. I think I’m a rarity in this case.

  1. Are you a fast or slow reader?

Fairly fast 

  1. Do you like to buddy read?


Probably an unpopular opinion, but I don’t like feeling pressured to read a specific book in a certain time period as to not let someone else down. 

Also, reading is my escape from other people and the stress of the world, so I don’t really want to make it a social thing for me. Which makes no sense, that I’m blogging about reading, active on Goodreads, and social media talking about books … but I think it’s because I can choose when I want to share my reading experiences. 

  1. If you were only allowed to own one book, what would it be and why?

Doesn’t really matter to me. I rarely reread books, so there’s not one specific book that I would have to reread again and again. Maybe a cookbook, that seems practical. 

Now, that I keep thinking about it, I would own a Kathy Reichs book. She’s the author that got me back into reading as a late high schooler/early college student. So here books will always hold a special place in my heart.


I tag: all of you

I want to hear all of your responses to this book tag! So if you write a post about it, send me the link in the comments so I can check it out.

Peace and love,