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I'll Be Gone in the Dark
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer | Michelle McNamara
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TheWordJar
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What a thorough examination of the Golden State Killer case. I do wish Michelle had survived to see him finally captured. I guess my best review of this book would be: After moving to a more rural area, I had been a bit relaxed about shutting my curtains at night. After reading this book, I‘m shutting them all tight and double checking the door locks. An excellent true crime read.

LapReader I can‘t read it at night or when I am alone. 3d
TheWordJar @LapReader Me neither! When I started the book, I was reading it at night, but then it started affecting my dreams. So, that had to stop. It became my lunchtime read. 3d
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j9brown
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What a nightmare for so many people. Wow.
True crime isn't usually my thing but this was well-written and interesting and a little scary!

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DimeryRene
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Looooooong drive. Great book!!

BarbaraBB Great pic 😀 4d
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perfectsinner
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Mehso-so

I had really high hopes for this book. But for whatever reason, I just couldn't connect much with it. Maybe it's the fact that she died before finishing it. Maybe it's that the mystery was left unsolved, since he was finally caught and named after she had passed... I'm not sure what the reason could be. It's still a really good book, don't get me wrong in that. I just had hoped for more, I guess.

KristenDuck Agree! 2w
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DimeryRene
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Audio drive. 🚙 Vacation mode on! Beach, here we come! ☀️🐠👙⛱

BookFrog Wait! You forgot to pick me up! 😂 2w
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Boooooks
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I‘m unsure whether this counts or not but she does do some detective work so 🤷🏻‍♀️ @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage #booked2019

Cinfhen Works for me!!! 3w
TheNerdyProfessor She definitely counts as a detective! Did you see this was picked up as a mini series for HBO? 3w
Boooooks @TheNerdyProfessor seriously 😱 that I need to watch!! 3w
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Boooooks
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5⭐️!!! Just finished my first ever true crime read and I‘m pretty sure it won‘t be my last what a way to start a new genre.

rather_be_reading definitely a good way to start! 4w
Boooooks @rather_be_reading I know I don‘t know why I waited so long to read a true crime book now I just need to find some others I might like 🤔 4w
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Ekkross
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Un-f@cking-believable. Michelle was an incredible, thoughtful writer that made this book feel like a magical mixture of journalism, memoir, and crime drama. I loved this book. LOVED.

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Expandingbookshelf
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Bibimap, kimchi, lychee sangria AND true crime?! A perfect night. I don‘t love looking like the weirdest person in the bar-all alone with my murderbook-but I‘m not interested in changing 🤷🏻‍♀️

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TheWordJar
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1. I like to have a bookshelf dedicated to books I‘d like to read soon. But I have zero attention span, so maybe someone suggests something on Litsy I have to read now, or I see a shiny new title at the library.
2. I don‘t usually use a bus or train, but I‘d read on them if I did.
3. Seems like everything these days.
4. Tea and maybe a cookie or two.
5. If anyone else would like to participate, consider yourself tagged! 🙌

#WondrousWednesday

Eggs Thanks for joining in 🤗🌸👏🏻 1mo
Leftcoastzen Shiny, new , so relatable!😍😂👍 1mo
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MrT
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Reading 2019 #4

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Amiable
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Completed for “something that turned out unexpectedly” in #nonfiction2019, it delves into the investigation to find the Golden State Killer (or East Area Rapist, as he was originally called in the 1970s and 80s). McNamara, a crime writer, became obsessed with the search. The book ends with her unexpected death in 2016 at the age of 46, followed a year later by an announcement that a suspect was finally arrested after all these years.

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Godmotherx5
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A random day off that comes with great weather. #outdoorreading #HappyTuesday #Truecrime #Murderino

monalyisha The gods are smiling upon you! 1mo
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lindsaykerr
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An interesting book about Michelle McNamara's investigation into the Golden State Killer. The fact that (who is believed to be) the GSK was caught last year [but after the book was written] made it much less scary to read. I don't know how anyone in California slept during his decade of activity! #booked2019 night oriented title
@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Sorry, totally missed this post 🤪well done 3w
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EmilieGR
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Thrilling

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LibraryLovingMommy
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Well-written true crime novel that uses the right amount of detail. If you listen to this as an audiobook, be sure to get a copy of the book to reference the timeline, cast or characters, and maps/diagrams. Enjoyed the chapters most where the authors voice and perspective were shared. Appreciated the epilogue in the audio version on Libby. (Audio)

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BookishMarginalia
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It‘s time for book club! #BooksOnTap #ManateeLibraries

Gennic Yay! We read this for my local book club a couple months back. Great book 1mo
Psychsquirrel Great book! Fascinating research. I wished she would have listened to the social worker who told her it would consume her. 1mo
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livani
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Best true crime book I‘ve ever read! Beautiful prose and wonderfully crafted!

RaimeyGallant Agreed! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 1mo
Chelleo Welcome! 1mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🎈 1mo
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Fridabird
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LOVED!

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TheWordJar
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It may be freezing out (are we ever going to get a spring??), but soccer has started. Looking forward to my two hours of practice...er, reading...every week. Excited to finally start this one! 😱

Clwojick THIS ONE WAS SO GOOD!!!!! 1mo
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Jamesmelvinmitchell
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This book is fantastic. Superbly researched and written it held my attention the whole time. 5/5

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squirrelbrain
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Michelle McNamara just wouldn‘t #letitbe in her investigation into the Golden State Killer from many decades earlier.

It‘s a shame she didn‘t live to see the outcome....

#beatlesmaynia

Cathythoughts I know ! It was so strange he would be arrested so soon. I‘ve heard nothing sinse then ... 1mo
Eggs Great choice💗 1mo
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Mehso-so

Not really my genre of choice, but I jumped on the bandwagon. I think I would have enjoyed this more as an audiobook, but the the library didn‘t have it in digital. I really liked the bits where Michelle wrote more autobiographically and liked her style; if the crime was my thing, I would definitely track down her blog. But as is, you can definitely tell this was still in manuscript form and I just don‘t like reading about rape and murder.

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laumauflau
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Welp, just had my first nightmare last night, so I guess that‘s why they say not to read/listen after dark.

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diananissan3
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A little bit of everything 💕

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fleeting
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This was not a good bedside read because 1) it scares the hell out of you, imagining the horror (and this is real life horror) and 2) it's a very compulsive read. Was the man they arrested confirmed as the GSK? I also liked how this was a metanarrative, investigative-wise.

RvnclawWhovian He was confirmed!! Sad she didn‘t live to see that happen 2mo
fleeting @RvnclawWhovian I know! But I guess at least her obsession amounted to something of real importance, and that certainly makes everything worthwhile! It's frustrating how he hasn't confessed though. I'd like to have a neat closure if possible! 2mo
RvnclawWhovian @fleeting super frustrating! Like dude, they have your dna, the show is over. If you have Audible, I highly recommend “Evil Has A Name”. I‘m not a big audiobook person but this came off more like a very well produced podcast which I liked. Paul holes is the main narrator throughout with some stories from survivors and even some people who knew/worked with him which was super interesting 2mo
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VictoriaB
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Wow. Michelle McNamara‘s research into what she called the Golden State Killer was exhaustive, and yet did not sensationalize the victims. What a loss her death was; her writing was superb, and showed the advances that police detectives have been able to make with technology and better communication between precincts.

RvnclawWhovian So sad she wasn‘t able to see him brought to justice 2mo
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Bookjunkie57

I tried to listen to this last night. It gave me nightmares. I suppose true crime is not for me. 🙁

Kaye No worries. We all like different things. I can read true crime every day but it bothers me to read made up horror stories. Not sure why. 2mo
Bookjunkie57 @kaye I triple checked all my locks and still had to give myself a talk about how this killer/rapist would have to be old/dead now before I could go to sleep. 😳😳😳 2mo
Kaye Since you don‘t plan to finish it , they caught the guy. He can‘t hurt anyone else. 2mo
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Bookjunkie57 @kaye I keep hearing people say that but I could have sworn they said they didn‘t in the forward. 🤷🏾‍♀️ 2mo
Kaye I read it when it first came out , so I think you might be right. I‘m trying to remember if the book was published before the guy was caught. I think it was....but he was caught not long afterwards, so you‘re probably right. The book would say they‘re still searching for him. 2mo
Bookjunkie57 @kaye aghhh that makes sense 2mo
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NataliePatalie
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Reading on my lunch break today. Would rather be reading at home, but in a Starbucks works too.

Blueberry 🖤 2mo
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GenreMinxReviews
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The book is an intriguing look into one woman‘s obsession with bringing a rapist and killer to justice. The prose is superb and the I could feel how personal this case was to her. There were a lot of details that were unpacked in this book and it is very disturbing at times. Also, I liked that this story also gives history about the birth of DNA profiling that as a tool was ultimately responsible for bringing this killer to justice.

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This is my current read 😁

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AutumnAuroraRain95
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4/5 stars. This book is incredibly intriguing, but as you can probably assume, very graphic. It‘s important that we remember the victims and what happened to them, but i definitely found it way easier to read the second half of the book, where Michelle talks about the research she did into these cases.

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#qotd

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thereadingowlvina
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This book needs no introduction. I enjoyed the writing and research done. I feel McNamara's passion in her writing. This book also left me feeling paranoid for couple of weeks. I've been checking windows & doors more often now making sure they're locked tight at night!

Rating: 5🌟

For my full review please visit https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2764827739

Bookjunkie57 This came available to me on audio from the library this morning. Can‘t wait to jump in 2mo
thereadingowlvina @Bookjunkie57 Awesome! I hope you enjoy it 🙂 2mo
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booklover3258
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Really great book about an obsession about the EAR/Golden State Killer. Lots of details. Excellent writing.
3 stars

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crhealey
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😵I think I might hate myself because this book kept me up last night....but I couldn‘t quit even if I wanted to and now on this dreary Friday night, I‘ve devoured the rest of the book. #truecrime

annahenke This is a little too real for me. Terrifying. 2mo
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EastWind76
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If you have any interest in true crime, read this book. Chilling and absolutely brilliant. Five stars!

RvnclawWhovian I loved this one! Such a shame she didn‘t get to see him brought to justice 3mo
EastWind76 @RvnclawWhovian I agree! Hopefully this book will somehow help catch him! 3mo
RvnclawWhovian @EastWind76 he was caught April 25th last year! 3mo
EastWind76 @RvnclawWhovian WHAT??? Ahhh, gotta look it up now!! 3mo
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EastWind76
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This book. Soo good... sooo freaky. Wow. Loving it!

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EastWind76
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Well, The Doomsday Book left me emotionally wrecked, so why not build on that with a book about the Golden State Killer?? Hope I can still sleep tonight! 😶😶😶

Lea Ha! I ordered a sliding door bar lock while reading that book. 😂 3mo
EastWind76 @Lea I believe it!! 3mo
Briget66 @Lea 😱 This book creeped me out too! So good, so Scary! 2mo
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NataliePatalie
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Reading I'll Be Gone in the Dark & they keep referencing the community college I went to! Spooky 😳
@Blueberry

britt_brooke 😱 3mo
Blueberry ...and you lived alone up there. 3mo
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Sweettartlaura
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A compelling read.
The author died before the book was finished. So some friends & colleagues picked up the threads, & wove this into both a thrilling read & a touching tribute.
I recommend the audiobook of this.

#marchmadness @JenP

Tjbooks88 I listened to it first on audio it was amazing!!!! 3mo
Sweettartlaura Glad you agree @Tjbooks88 😊 3mo
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Schmieds
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They said the name!

akckitty It's satisfying when that happens! 3mo
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lwolfgong
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So captivating; RIP Michelle McNamara, a gifted author

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Laurenprice98
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Kept me on my toes!

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Schmieds
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I always struggle with these questions so right now:

1. Stephen King
2. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
3. The Woodlands by Lauren Nicolle Taylor
4. Dystopian, horror
5. Romance

Addison_Reads My answers are the same for 1, 2, 4 and 5. 😁 3mo
Schmieds @Addison_Reads awesome! So what's your favourite series? 3mo
Addison_Reads @Schmieds Probably The Dark Tower. I am going to check out the series you mentioned. It's one I've never heard of. 3mo
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candc320
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This was a really good audiobook. Michelle McNamara had such a lyrical way of writing, especially given the subject manner, and I really appreciated the fact that those that finished the book after her death filled in the gaps and revelations that occurred after she was gone. It‘s so sad that she wasn‘t here to see the Golden State Killer arrested! Definitely satisfied my new true crime obsession! 🌟🌟🌟🌟

SitsWithaBook I found this to be such a compelling read. 3mo
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PirateJenny
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This was, of course, excellent. And it is so much more satisfying reading it knowing the bastard has been caught. This is easily the best true crime book on the market. So well written and only facts.

If anyone notices a trend in my posts tonight it‘s because I managed to get tickets to see Paul Holes on Friday. I‘m over in the corner trying not to die from excitement.

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Literaturenut
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Finished all the books for my Litsy Seasonal Challenge for Jan-March:

1. FEMALE DETECTIVE
2. FAIRY TALE RETELLING
3. REMINDS YOU OF YOUR HAPPY PLACE
4. RELATED TO A PODCAST
5. SET IN IRELAND/IRISH AUTHOR
6. NEW TO YOU AUTHOR

The prompt I was least excited about (related to a podcast) ended up being the book I enjoyed the most! #Booked2019

AmyG 🎉🎉🎉 3mo
Cinfhen Yay!! Fabulous 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
valeriegeary 💪👏👍 3mo
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Ephemera
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If you read true crime, this is an essential read. Michelle McNamara died before completing this book, but it was completed by her head researcher. It‘s about the hunt for the Golden State Killer, whose crimes began in Sacramento then spread south as far as Goleta. He‘s been caught now, but Michelle didn‘t live to see him arrested. It‘s a sad book in many ways. Well-written, well-researched. 4.5 out of 5 stars

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1. Tagged and Four Dead Queens
2. I don't remember. They've been building a new library in town for awhile. I'm waiting on it to open again.
3. Night

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain