Michelle McNamara, “I’ll Be Gone In The Dark”

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“The hook for me was that the case seemed solvable.” Michelle McNamara spent the majority of the later years of her life searching for the man who terrorized communities up and down the coast of California.

Her book I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is about the “East Area Rapist” who is a serial killer, rapist, and burglar who committed at least 13 murders, more than 50 rapes, and over 100 burglaries in California from 1974 to 1986. Michelle McNamara later helped coined the name “Golden State Killer.”

The book reached number 2 on the New York Times Best Seller list.

Michelle McNamara launched the website, “TrueCrimeDiary,” earned an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Minnesota, worked as a consultant for Dateline NBC, along with pouring over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedding herself in the online communities that were obsessed with the EAR case too.

Throughout the book you can really tell put great effort into trying to solve these murders. There is such thorough detail throughout that you can almost feel the fear the victims felt. This book was a page turner from the first victims’ story, Jane Carson.

Author Stephen King referred to it as, “a brilliant genre-buster… propulsive, can’t-stop-now reading.” It felt like you couldn’t just stop in the middle of the chapter because you had to find out what happened to the victim.

I’ve watched documentaries on the “Golden State Killer” but enjoyed this book better than any of those. They always take too long to get to the point and restate information.

Not McNamara’s book.

She puts each of the victim’s stories in chronological order and information on the killer that makes it the perfect hard-to-set-down book.

The hardest victim story to read was the Domingo murder. Debbi Domingo was a 17-year-old girl (just like me) and she was in a rebellious stage from her mom. She yelled at her over the phone saying she wanted her mother out of her life. Later that day her mother Cheri and boyfriend Greg were murdered.

The other cases are also devastating, and makes you despise the man that could do something so inhumane.

This true crime read is remarkable and truly a powerful read.

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