Synopsis of I’ll Be Gone in the Dark
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 ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten 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 TrueCrimeDiary.com, 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.
Synopsis of I’ll Be Gone in the Dark taken from Amazon
Review of I’ll Be Gone in the Dark
It’s good because it tells us about the police investigations regarding the case and shows an enormous effort in research. But the good part ends there.
I was lost 80% of the book and I wasn’t able to position myself chronologically. It tells the story jumping from one point to another, without any kind of chronological order, which is very misleading.
It talks about the EAR (East Area Rapist), the Visalia Ransacker, the Original Night Stalker… That’s also very confusing. It starts talking about him as if they were different people, but then it turns out they’re the same person. I’m not ashamed to admit that I had to go to Wikipedia to place myself chronologically and to know who was who. Here’s the Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_State_Killer. If you want to find more information search for the Golden State Killer.
I don’t know if this mess in the book is due to the death of the author before she could finish it. If it’s the structure she had originally thought up or if it’s the work of the people who finished it for her.
Lastly, I’d like to say that, in April 2018, the suspect of these crimes, who is now 74 years-old, was finally arrested. I don’t know what the current situation of the case is and I think there hasn’t been a trial yet. At least I couldn’t find anything about it on the internet.
To sum up, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is interesting but quite disappointing because it’s a pretty tedious read.