I'll Be Gone in the Dark
I'll Be Gone in the Dark One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer By McNamara, Michelle Book - 2018

I was disappointed by this true crime book. One of the main reasons concerns the fact that Ms. McNamara never finished the book. She died in 2016 from complications of the combination of the medications fentanyl and xanax. No reason has ever been provided, to my knowledge, as to why this massive pain killer ( responsible for the deaths of Prince and Michael Jackson ) was being prescribed. Whatever the underlying diagnosis, it may have contributed to the obsession with the Golden State Killer and explain the fact that the pictures of the author show her working in bed. Ms. McNamara wrote a true crime blog. The book has been cobbled together from this, published articles, and notes. The result is disorganized and repetitive. The content could have been concisely recorded in half the pages. Extraneous chapters unrelated to the author seem to have been added to pad the pages rather than to add significant information. Since the killer has never been identified, if he is still living I can imagine him glorifying in his story and the failure of law enforcement. I hope the obsession behavior of the author did not interfere with her personal life to the extent that seems to be portrayed. McNamara herself acknowledges the incredible toll the case took on her, writing at one point that “there’s a scream permanently lodged in my throat.” I have read a number of amazing true crime books. I highly recommend "Helter Skelter" by Curt Gentry and Vincent Bugliosi, "The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America" by Erik Larson, "Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI" by David Grann, and "The Onion Field" by Joseph Wambaugh. Since reviews of this book have been so positive, I was hoping for an excellent book, but was very disappointed. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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