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

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State KillerI'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara, Gillian Flynn, Patton Oswalt
Published by Harper on February 27th 2018
Pages: 352
ISBN: 0062319809
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“What readers need to know—what makes this book so special—is that it deals with two obsessions, one light and one dark. The Golden State Killer is the dark half; Michelle McNamara’s is the light half. It’s a journey into two minds, one sick and disordered, the other intelligent and determined. I loved this book.”   -Stephen King


Had Michelle McNamara lived, I think she would have been proud of how well this book has been received, but I think she would have been even more moved to see that the man, Joseph James DeAngelo, she named “The Golden State killer” has been arrested and being charged for his heinous crimes. I imagine her sitting there in the court room, looking him straight in the eye, knowing justice will be served and the killer she was obsessed with finding had been caught.


Michelle McNamara was a true crime journalist who started the website TrueCrimeDiary.com.  She was determined to find “The Golden State Killer”.  A man who committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before he moved south where he murdered ten people.  Michelle interviewed various detectives working diligently to solve the crimes, she read police reports, interviewed victims and their family members, she devoted countless hours to research, traveling to various locations, collecting box after box of reports. She educated herself on various forensic devices used to track and identify killers.


Through her writing, she showed not only her humanity but the humanity of the victims and the police officers investigating the cases. She shared bits and pieces of herself with the reader.  She shared what drove her desire to hunt this killer, she showed us glimpses into her private life and her relationships with those close to her. She poured her heart and soul into her research. She was intelligent, determined, and never gave us her quest for the truth.   Her devotion is admirable and earned her the respect of the men and women in law enforcement who were also trying to capture this killer.


“Her prose jumps off the page and sits down next to you…”  This book was completed after her death and various sections of the book inform the reader of what chapters were finished using Michelle’s notes.  This true crime book is nothing short of a masterpiece.  There is a lot of information in this book. There are also maps and pictures of some of the victims.  This is a very comprehensive book but also one that is very readable.


Highly recommend!