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One Day She'll Darken

The Mysterious Beginnings of Fauna Hodel
Narrated by: January LaVoy
Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
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The inspiration for the TNT series I Am the Night.

The Black Dahlia Murder is near-legend in the annals of true crime. But behind the shocking case of a young actress’ gruesome slaying lies the story of another woman. 

Was Fauna Hodel the child of incest and the catalyst for a sensational trial that left her well-to-do family scarred by scandal, even as the accused sexual predator walked free? Taken as an infant from her teenage mother, Fauna was placed in the care of a working-class black woman who raised the white child as her own. 

Together, as a close-knit mother and daughter, they weathered years of poverty and bigotry, alcoholism and sexual abuse, pregnancy and even death - until the time came for Fauna to seek out her real mother and uncover her lost past.

But as Fauna will learn, some truths don’t want to be told.

©2008 Fauna Hodel, J. R. Briamonte (P)2019 Graymalkin Media, LLC

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  • Blackenedghost
  • 11-02-2019

Great Story!

Great story, of Fauna Hotel and what she went through growing up in racially divided times being of mixed race. The TV series, "I am the night", is based of this book. However, the show is completely different than the story told here, but that's actually a good thing. I recommend both the TV show and this novel.

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  • Leah BoBeah
  • 21-02-2019

Better than Fiction

While I’m enjoying the new series, I am the Night, I find this true story to be much more fulfilling. I knew about this book and Steve Hodel’s books for years, and while I remain on the fence as to whether or not George Hodel killed the black dahlia, Elizabeth Short, the TV show started a renewed interest in this entire story. I wish so much that we could have seen the movie Fauna tried to make with Jill Clayburgh, but maybe one day a more accurate Lifetime movie starring Jill’s daughter, Lily Rabe will happen, I am suggesting. If you want to know the real story, I highly recommend this book.

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  • JT
  • 08-02-2019

excellent book, exceptional reader voice

The book itself was phenomenal but the reader, January LaVoy, made this the most exceptional experience. Her character voices were the most consistent, nuanced performances I've ever heard of an audiobook. Highly recommend!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-03-2019

beautiful

there really is no review that I can provide that would do this story real justice. It was a most fascinating and you cannot stop reading or listening *whatever version you choose written word or audio* I would highly reccomend this book. It is both an autobiographical story and a time piece. Just a wonderful read and you can really feel the story taking place as the author lays out the story from page to page.

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  • Spin It Baby
  • 26-03-2019

Fascinating family history, but a few too many over-dramatic cliches

Fascinating family history, but a few too many over-dramatic cliches.

Her overall message & life-mission was a beautiful one, but it comes off as an afterthought at the end of the novel rather than something we’re led to seeing for ourselves.

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  • pmw
  • 22-02-2019

Interesting and not what I expected

Book covers the early years of Fauna. she doesnt meet the grandfather. she just barely scratches the surface of those Hodel mysteries. still, an intriguing story about her limb of the family tree. worth a listen

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  • Donna Hrynyk
  • 25-05-2019

Crazier than fiction.

I wanted to read the book after watching the first episode of the tv mini series.
I liked the book better, knowing it was closer to the true story than the show. I’m looking forward now to reading the book by Fauna’s uncle.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-06-2019

Excellent

After I saw the movie, i wanted to know more about Fauna Hodel and this book was definitely worth listening. The narrator was excellent...wonderful sad story.

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  • NinJA
  • 11-03-2019

Good story...

Really good story. So insightful on living in two worlds and the prejudice experienced on both sides. The ending was a little too abrupt. But I’d recommend the book and I’m glad I listened nevertheless.

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  • Trimom05
  • 01-05-2019

Not True Crime

Though I enjoyed the story, it was not what I expected. I thought it would have more about the Black Dahlia investigation.

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