Hello again booksters!
Today, I'll be discussing one of the most popular true crime novels of the year- I'll Be Gone in the Dark.
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed 50 sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he committed ten horrific murders. Then he disappeared, escaping capture from some of the best detectives in the area.
Three decades later, true crime journalist Michelle McNamara is determined to find the Golden State Killer.
As many of you know, I absolutely love the crime, mystery, and thriller genres.
Despite that, I had been very skeptical about picking up I'll Be Gone in the Dark. Although the topic was fascinating, I feared that the story itself, specifically the reportive/journalistic aspect, would be monotonous. Unfortunately those fears came true.
I decided to read I'll Be Gone in the Dark because of the novel's wonderful reviews. Sadly, I didn't feel the way most of my peers felt about this book.
I'd like to start off by saying that although I did not enjoy reading this novel, I admire McNamara's endless dedication to the case.
With that said, let's discuss the book itself.
One of my biggest complaints about IBGITD is its lack of structure. I am appalled by the fact that the novel has no method of organization- it's simply dozens of short stories compiled together in no particular order. The book jumps from the story of a rape, to the story of a murder, to the narration of McNamara discussing the case with various detectives.
This lack of organization makes the book sloppy which causes many readers, myself included, to feel disengaged and bored the majority of the time.
If the novel had been organized chronologically, IBGITD would've been much more enthralling.
Another element that I struggled with was the fact that IBGITD was just 328 pages of speculation. Although there were dozens of facts regarding the crime scenes, there was no concrete evidence pointing to the identity of the killer. Despite detectives having a possible profile, the novel was just hundreds of pages of "what ifs."
While there's no doubt that Michelle McNamara and her book, I'll Be Gone in the Dark, brought back attention to one of the most heinous and coldest cases in history, that's basically all this book accomplished.
Her dedication to this case was remarkable and admirable, but new technology is what put Joseph James DeAngelo behind bars.
Did you read I'll Be Gone in the Dark? What did you think? Leave your comments down below.