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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 45 minutes
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- Publisher: HarperAudio
- Audible.com Release Date: February 27, 2018
- Language: English
- ASIN: B077MDJ4VD
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I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The subject is a serial rapist and murderer, who committed crimes from the 1970s through 1980s. Police and FBI agents tracked the case from city to city and once DNA testing came to be, it was confirmed that the crimes were in fact all committed by one person, however he still eluded them.
McNamara was determined to understand who he was, to find him. She immersed herself in each case. With each law enforcement officer. They welcomed her. She was one of them. Her research is staggering.
Even if you are used to reading terrifying details that accompany true crime, this is one that you will need to brace yourself for. It is not easy to read. It is haunting. The crimes that the Golden State Killer committed are beyond sadistic, truly the actions of a disturbed mind. There were times that I thought about putting the book down. I wasn’t sure I could finish it. It wasn’t about what he did that intrigued me, it was about what the author was doing to find him.
That Oswalt lost his wife and was grieving, that their young daughter was left without a mother (he has since recently remarried) but he was able to take his wife’s work and put her book out in the world is nothing short of incredible. As he said: “I wanted to do right by her.”
I'm not a huge fan of the true crime genre, exactly. I've enjoyed a true crime novel now and then, but it isn't a genre I reach for often. But that said, I know the transformative power of a truly well-written crime book. Truman Capote's In True Blood introduced me to the narrative non-fiction genre, and it completely changed my life. I'll Be Gone in the Dark is the same kind of transformative book. It is the kind of genre-busting, heart-breaking, world-shaking book that will introduce a whole new generation of readers to the power of non-fiction done well.
Not only does the pitch-perfect pace grab the reader by the wrist and pull them breathlessly along, but the book walks the line between memoir and true crime in a way that has never been done so flawlessly before. McNamara takes the reader on an emotional journal that is at times shocking, entertaining, joyful and devastating.
I don't care if you are into true crime... you need to grab this book and set aside a day to wrap yourself up in its story obsession - both good and bad.
Michelle McNamara was the wife of comedian Patton Oswalt and had one child with him before her early death. She died in her sleep one night in 2016, having completed much of a manuscript for her book. Much of the published book was written by McNamara and the rest was completed using her notes from interviews of police and victims. McNamara didn't figure out the identity of the killer but she gives a wonderful look at how crimes are investigated at the time of commission and then taken a second or third look at as time passes.
I didn't know who Michelle McNamara was before hearing about this book, but I can imagine she'd be very proud of the finished product.