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24-06-2015 12:29

"He loses his power when we know his face." And, apparently, now we do it. I can see why everyone talks so good about this book. It's a very impressive piece of investigative journalism, whether the true crime stories are your cup of tea or not. What makes "Be Be Gone in the Dark" stand out - and what I might have seen again and again in other people's criticisms - is that the writer is perhaps as fascinating as the subject. It's the late Michelle McNamara at the center of this piece - a "He loses his power when we know his face." And, apparently, now we do it. I can see why everyone talks so good about this book. It's a very impressive piece of investigative journalism, whether the true crime stories are your cup of tea or not. What makes "Be Be Gone in the Dark" stand out - and what I might have seen again and again in other people's criticisms - is that the writer is perhaps as fascinating as the subject. It is the late Michelle McNamara at the center of this piece: an intelligent and especially astute woman who devoted everything she had to persecuting the Golden State assassin, a nickname that she gave her. It is his dedication that is truly amazing. The length to which he went to discover the truth is quite incredible. As the subtitle tells us, this was in fact an obsessive search. That's not just a dramatic buzzword. Behind the scenes of her daily life with her high-profile family, Michelle was hunting. I was browsing the Internet and the past in search of clues. He was reconstructing crime scenes, talking to witnesses, analyzing the evidence and building his own psychological profile of the killer. Gillian Flynn writes in the introduction: "I love reading the real crime, but I have always been aware of the fact that, as a reader, I am actively choosing to be a consumer of another person's tragedy." Then, like any responsible consumer, I try to be careful in the decisions I make. I only read the best: writers who are persecuted, insightful and human. And McNamara is definitely all those things. His work and writing never seem sensational. His reconstructions of the disgusting crimes are detailed, but not for free. She writes sensibly with a deep sense of empathy for the victims, wishing, apparently, to paint them as more than a list of victims of decades ago, but as three-dimensional human beings who lived untold tragedies. This book is so popular that I know most of this has already been said, but I'm really glad to finally give in to the exaggerations and read I'm going to go in the dark. It is especially satisfying to know that this man was finally captured, and my only persistent disappointment is due to the fact that Michelle did not live long enough to see him. Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube ... more

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Category - Memoirs
ISBN 0062319787
EAN 9780062319784
LanguageEnglish
Literary awardsGoodreads Choice Award for Nonfiction (2018)
Original titleI'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
Pages352
Publish dateFebruary 2018
PublisherHarper