**I strive to avoid spoilers in my reviews but sometimes they can slip in without me realising. Please be warned that if you read the full review there may be small spoilers for the book. Thank you**
‘I’ll Be Gone in the Dark’ by Michelle McNamara is a True Crime novel about the Golden State Killer, also known as the East Area Rapist and Original Night Stalker. The book really became a hot topic after the capture of the Golden State Killer earlier in 2018.
I had been hunting for this book for a while but its popularity made it a little harder to come by. I was so glad and excited when I finally got it.
The GSK/EAR-ONS was a serial killer/rapist in California in the 70’s. He was active across quite a large area and for a fair number of years. He raped around 50 women and killed 10 people.
I adore the writing style Michelle took on. She blends facts and a narrative prose to really create the story and place the reader into the events. I found it so confronting to read about the GSK/EAR-ONS in this manner and it took me a longer time than normal to read it because I would get scared after a few chapters!
The novel traces the GSK/EAR-ONS’ attacks, describing his attacks and also giving insight into the detectives and survivors. I loved the parts where Michelle was investigating, chatting with police and other true-crime enthusiasts. It was really interesting to see how much she put into trying to work out who he was. It also gave more heart to the story. It wasn’t just about GSK/EAR-ONS and how terrible he was, it was about obsession and in particular, Michelle’s obsession with the case.
I couldn’t recommend this book enough. For me, it completely lived up to the hype. It’s a fascinating read and you can see the time and dedication that Michelle McNamara put in. I also have to give props to her research assistants who finished the book after her death in 2016. They couldn’t replicate her style, something they readily admit, but they wrapped up the story really well and gave justice to her work.
If you’re a true-crime fan, a MFM fan or just a little curious about this particular serial killer, then I totally recommend you go find this book. You’ll enjoy it, I’m certain.
I can only imagine how incredible ‘I’ll Be Gone in the Dark’ would have been if Michelle had lived. Her talent as a writer shines in this novel.
5 out of 5 stars because I can’t stop thinking about how good it was.