Book Review: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

gone in the dark

Reviewed by: Bethany and Savannah
Genre: True Crime
Format: Softcover
Page count: 352 Pages
Rating: 5/5 stars
In stock: Yes

Bethany’s review:

Reading this book has been so bittersweet. Obviously, it’s hard to read this knowing that Michelle McNamara wasn’t able to finish I’ll Be Gone in the Dark the way she intended. That being said, this book is a masterpiece. Michelle put so much care into the writing of this book, giving equal time to the victims and the perpetrator. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT.

I lent my copy to a friend and she learned the hard way that you shouldn’t read this book in the dark. She woke her husband up screaming after having a nightmare and then made him check all the locks in their home.

Our conversation:

“After he checked the locks, I made him leave all the lights on. I was so scared.”

“Yeah, but you’re loving it, right?”

“Oh, absolutely.”

I know if I were writing a book like this, I would be so tempted to information dump, but this book is so well-paced. There is also great trouble taken to explain everything to the layman who hasn’t been researching this guy for years. Everything about it is so perfect.

We also have to give credit to the amazing editors who poured over Michelle’s notes and pieced together this wonderful book. It doesn’t feel rushed and it doesn’t feel tacky – it feels like Michelle.


Savannah’s review:

I’m a big fan of true crime in that I know basically nothing about like almost every single serial killer out there but always find it so fascinating so yay me for finally learning some facts! When Bethany finished this book she didn’t even give me the option of reading it she literally just handed it to me and said, “you’re reading this next”. And I’m glad she did seeing as I read this book in a day which was probably a bad idea given how paranoid I can get when I wake up in the middle of the night but oh well, I survived.

Michelle McNamara has such a great way with words that I found myself not wanting to put this book down. If I had picked this book up not knowing it was true I totally could have seen myself reading it as something fictional, the victims had such beautiful chapters written for them. This book wasn’t one of those boring nonfiction reads where everything is just fact and a lot to get through it was a quick and easy read.

Pace-wise this book was also great, other than the third section but that couldn’t really be helped as it wasn’t written by Michelle. This book I,s in my opinion, the right way of writing true crime by focusing on the victims and their families as well as the investigators. I don’t want something that glorifies the crimes of someone because they don’t deserve that. I will patiently wait for the day where the person who did this is caught and we get to find out who it is that did this and justice is served.

Basically, stay sexy don’t get murdered and read this book.

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