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review 2018-12-29 23:33
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,Patton Oswalt,Gillian Flynn

What a great true crime book. What is weird is that I didn't hear about Michelle McNamara until after she passed away. A lot of people who have been following me know that I love true crime and mystery books. I am sad to say that I had not read any of McNamara's writing before now. She is able to bring life to those who are long gone and also gives you glimpses into the man we now know is the Golden State Killer. 


"I'll Be Gone in the Dark" takes a look at where McNamara's true crime obsession came from and her hunting down tips and investigators looking into the man who was also known as the East Area Rapist. The book switches between McNamara's life growing up in Chicago to her being older and married, and still doing what she can to track down the bad guys. 


The look back at the crimes that occurred and the victims and their families was very well done. I also maybe scared myself to death a half dozen times while reading this book and had to leave the outside lights on for a couple of days afterwards. To read about a man who is breaking into homes, raping the women, and tying up the men, with no one able to catch him is the stuff of nightmares. Maybe that is why the Golden State Killer was hard to shake for McNamara. This man took so much from so many people, and it's appalling when it seems as if there is nothing anyone can do, he will get away from it.


Due to McNamara passing away before completing this book, you have sections that are completed by others and they give you a heads up on who finished it and how they rounded things out. We also get an introduction by Gillian Flynn and an afterword by McNamara's widowed husband, Patton Oswalt. Included are pictures of the victims and some scenes as well. 

For those who want to know more about these cases, I would suggest you follow up by listening to My Favorite Murder podcast. They get into this case, and even follow up on the Golden State Killer arrest and talk to investigator Paul Holes. 

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text 2018-12-20 20:52
Reading progress update: I've read 20%.
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer - Michelle McNamara,Patton Oswalt,Gillian Flynn

Oh wow. So far am loving this. A very good true crime story into the Golden State Killer that also has personal insights into McNamara's family growing up in Chicago.

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review 2018-11-18 12:49
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,Patton Oswalt,Gillian Flynn
The determination and drive that Michelle had as she worked so diligently to find the Golden State Killer astonished me as I read this book. She tried to connect the dots where others left each of these murders hanging, a separate life taken by some unknown criminal.
Michelle did have her work cut-out for her as she looked into this case. Piecing together her notes and the boxes of evidence that she has collected, Michelle tries to find a link between the current cases and the cold cases that she has found.
Michelle started writing this book but was not able to finish it before she passes away. As her lead researcher finishes this book, we have to be thankful that they undertook this mission and for their passion for this case. If it weren’t for all their effort and determination, I have to wonder if this case would have had the results that it did.
It surprised me how long this activity went on without any arrests. I was amazed how many individuals came close to the individual they thought was the killer, and he still walked away. I wasn’t too fond on how this book was laid out, as I felt some events jumped around too much for my liking. It was an interesting book though and it showed how determined and obsessed Michelle was at finding the man who thought he was invincible. I am relieved that they finally captured the man who committed these crimes this fall. If only Michelle had lived long enough to see his capture, I can only imagine her response.


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text 2018-11-02 21:53
My October 2018
Flugangst 7A - Audible Studios,Sebastian Fitzek,Simon Jäger
Broken House - Düstere Ahnung: Eine Story - Gillian Flynn,Christine Strüh
Ghachar Ghochar: Roman - Vivek Shanbhag,Daniel Schreiber
Flugangst 7A - 4.5 stars
Broken House - Düstere Ahnung - 4 stars
Ghachar Ghochar - 4 stars


Favorite book(s) of the month: Flugangst 7A


Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Power Women (close to finishing), Harry Potter (finished, rtc), Ohne Spur, Paheli, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender


The struggle is real, people. THE STRUGGLE IS SO VERY REAL. Three books this month, a audiobook and two short stories finished. On the other hand, I didn't finish any of the books I started in september. And to make things worst, I started more books in october. I mean, what am I even thinking. Nothing apparently. October was just a terrible month for me. I have felt sick most of the month, so I didn't feel like doing anything. I have high hopes for november (I say and see myself already failing)

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review 2018-10-17 18:27
Gone Girl (Flynn)
Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn

Following along in my great tradition of reading the trendiest books long after their trend is over, I finally got around to spending time with Nick and Amy Dunne. I was completely unspoiled, having paid no attention whatsoever to reviews of either the movie or the book.

Well, in a nutshell, I didn't mind it - it was cleverly done - but I wasn't particularly blown away. At first I found the style (especially the Amy-diary style) irritating, but then I realized that it was deliberate and under control. The fact that there was a twist mid-book came as no surprise whatsoever, and in fact the only (mild) surprise I felt was that the unreliable narrator-twist wasn't played one more time before the end (i.e. I was completely prepared to discover that Nick had engineered the whole thing, including the manufacture of supporting documents and a "suicide" by Amy).

I fully understand why some people found the ending irritating, but that's just a variation on the trope of "evil didn't die" that shows up at the end of horror films like "Carrie", I think. It's your last, parting shudder (it walks amongst us still). With two such horrible people as protagonists, you're not going to get a morally satisfying ending short of tossing them both off a cliff - which, frankly, I would have been delighted to do at several points during the proceedings.

Oh well. It's always worth making a bit of effort to pull oneself further inside the circle of common cultural references. It felt a bit like a much-procrastinated duty, but as duties go, it was not a particularly unpleasant one.

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