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I'll Be Gone in the Dark

By: Michelle McNamara
Narrated by: Gabra Zackman,Gillian Flynn - introduction,Patton Oswalt - afterword
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Short-listed for the Gordon Burn Prize 2018 

A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer - the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorised California for over a decade - from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case. 

'You'll be silent forever, and I'll be gone in the dark.'

For more than 10 years, a mysterious and violent predator committed 50 sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated 10 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 True Crime Diary, 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. 

Framed by an introduction by Gillian Flynn and an afterword by her husband, Patton Oswalt, the book was completed by Michelle's lead researcher and a close colleague. Utterly original and compelling, it is destined to become a true crime classic - and may at last unmask the Golden State Killer.

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©2018 Michelle McNamara (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Was ok - Too much autobiography - Not enough case

I bought this expecting a true crime narrative - NOT the autobiography of a self absorbed journalist - I'm sorry - I know she's passed on - but hey - I really don't care that the author's high school crush reminded her of her Curious George doll way back when
The book is long winded - and appears to focus far too much on the author - and nowhere near enough on the case - if you want a fantastic true crime book - take a look at the zodiac account by robert graysmith - the guy manages to get through whole paragraphs - whole chapters! - without using the pronoun "I" !!!!
Yeah - lost interest in this book - didn't finish it - narrator was good...

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I’ll be gone in the dark

A bittersweet, beautifully written detective book. Michelle McNamara’s words run more like prose through your brain. An unforgettable turn of phrase here, a “spot-on”, perfect description there… Makes her work unique.
I’ve followed this case for years- fascinated by a monster that nobody could catch.
True Crime Podcasts, too numerous to count, have covered this case, in varying degrees of depth for years. I was hooked!
I was excited to buy the hard copy of “I’ll be gone in the dark”, when it first came out, in January 2018, and waited patiently for Audible Australia to release the audiobook here, many months later.
The absolute travesty of Michelle’s unexpected death, before she finished her story was made a little more sadder by knowing that, just weeks after her book was published, her Golden State Killer, was unmasked, through one of her suggested techniques, searching a DNA databank (i.e. GED Match), as Joseph James DeAngelo.
Know that your unbelievably hard work paid off. You got him, Michelle!

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Less talk about yourself

Sorry, I listened to the podcast about this killer, an hour plus into this and they were still waffling on about their own personal life - seriously I don’t care you are married to an actor and how many times she plugged her own website.

There is a better, more succinct podcast by LA times

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Intriguing Insight Into One Woman’s Search For The Golden State Killer

Michelle McNamara’s passion and longing to find truth is inspiring. From her own investigation to collating the evidence of others has given great insight into not only her own views but the views of many others. I only wish she had lived to see him caught.

The PDF attachment is a handy visual tool to accompany the audio book especially if you are looking for that deeper connection to then thoughts of people.

For any lover of True Crime, I highly recommend.

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Amazing

Just listen to this, it’s captivating, I didn’t want it to finish - don’t bother with Evil has a Name.

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Just not for me

This is in the True Crime genre, which I have not tried before, and find it is just not for me - though I have read lots of whodunit novels over the years. If this book is typical, then True Crime writers put in loads more details than Agatha Christie or Raymond Chandler would have dreamed of putting in. I am grateful to Audible for making this book available free to Audible members, but unfortunately I could not go on past chapter 1. The reader was good, and no doubt so was the writing, but not to my taste.

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Blown away.

This addictive story came highly recommend and did not disappoint. Michelle has a way with words and crafts a beautiful and well researched book. I will listen again in the future.

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The best listen l’ve had in a long time!

I can’t remember when I was last this captivated by a book. I’m following this up with a purchase of the paper copy to read again and again.
Such a shame this inspirational writer in not around to see this man captured and to write the final chapter to his life.

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Absolutely terrible book.

I could spend the time writing a cleverly worded paragraph or three saying basically the same thing in a variety of ways, but I've got to find something much better to listen to and so do you.

For all the references in true crime podcasts I heard about this book and how wonderful Michelle McNamara is, the sad truth is she's a dreadful writer.

Anyway in a word: boring.

Boring, unimaginative writing that drones on without the smallest hint of inflection, wordplay or I don't know.. spirit - there's no spirit in her writing at all.

Anyway, I'm off to find a book worth listening to.

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Indescribable

The performance was amazing and the writing is beautiful and horrifying all at once.

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