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

There are a few female heroes that I have who I think make the world a better place and I would love to have the impact that they have. One of those women is Mariska Hargitay and her work with sexual assault victims and her determination to end the backlog of rape kits. Well, now I am adding Michelle McNamara to that list. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara is an incredible true crime novel about the Golden State Killer. Sadly, Michelle McNamara passed before she could complete her in-depth account of the Golden State Killer and witness his arrest. The Golden State Killer started out as a serial rapist that terrorized California. In the beginning, he only targeted single women, later he targeted couples. Then began to murder. He committed more than 50 sexual assaults and at least 10 murders. He evaded the police for a long time. However, Michelle poured over the evidence, got to know the victims and became utterly obsessed with bringing the Golden State Killer to justice.

If you are like me, then you watch crime documentaries and read true crime like it is an addiction. For me, I am usually terrified but I can never turn away. It is clear that Michelle McNamara became obsessed because she desperately wanted justice for the victims. The horror and torture this man exacted on so many people is just unreal. Michelle’s determination and empathy for the victims is absolutely inspiring. If only more of us cared the way she did…

Once I picked up this book, it was difficult to put down. The crimes are detailed chronologically. She does not leave one stone unturned. I felt as if I was examining the evidence right along with her. The end truly broke my heart with her untimely death. She is an inspiration. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. This is the best of true crime and some of the greatest investigative skills I have ever read.

“One day soon, you’ll hear a car pull up to your curb, an engine cut out. You’ll hear footsteps coming up from your front walk. Like they did for Edward Wayne Edwards, twenty-nine years after he killed Timothy Hack and Kelly Drew in Sullivan, Wisconsin. Like they did for Kenneth Lee Hicks, thirty years after he killed Lori Billingsley in Aloha, Oregon.
The doorbell rings… This is how it ends for you.”
-Michelle McNamara, Letter to an Old Man

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