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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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jb72
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#LMPBC
I forgot to post that I put this in the mail the other day to @Sbk89 - you should have it soon. I do apologize for being a few days late! I cannot wait to hear everyone‘s thoughts on this one.

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jb72
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#hollyjollyreading

December TBR:
I‘ll Be Gone in the Dark
The Institute
To The Bright Edge of the World
Great Goddesses

Plus a few more in line once I get these done. I‘m also slowly reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Kaila-ann I‘m excited for I‘ll be gone in the dark. I‘ll have The Bookseller of Kabul in the mail tomorrow 😊. 6d
OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚😊 6d
jb72 @Kaila-ann So far it has sucked me in. I‘m hoping to finish it tonight and get it in the mail tomorrow (as long as the snow holds off). I‘m looking forward to The Bookseller of Kabul! (edited) 6d
jb72 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It‘s pretty good so far. It‘s rather scary too. 6d
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MeganLindell
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️

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jb72
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1. My plans are to read the tagged book this week for #LMPBC.
2. No traditions for me. I almost always spend Thanksgiving alone and have for many years. It will be just me and the dogs this year.

#Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Enjoy your reading time! Thanks for playing! 😊 2w
Tiffiney I'll be Gone in the Dark is a great read!! Enjoy! 2w
ljuliel Enjoy your peace and quiet. Sometimes those forced family affairs are a bit too tedious . 2w
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Mitch
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A near perfect blend of meticulous research, great storytelling & the character of McNamara herself. The violent crimes unfold as we see the life of the researcher unfold - late nights glued to the computer, developing relationships with law enforcement & travelling the state to connect with internet sleuths. McNamara was clearly passionately dedicated to this case - that passion to hunt down every clue comes across so well in her words.

Come-read-with-me @Mitch This sounds great! Stacked!! 3w
kspenmoll Wonderful review! 3w
Mitch @kspenmoll thank you - I love being constrained by the character count. It doesn‘t feel too intimidating to write a review! 3w
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Mitch
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Two hour train journey up north today for work. Yeah - that‘s fine by me I‘ve got a new book that I‘ve been wanting to dig into for a long time. #newbookday

Cathythoughts I loved this one ... should be a quick journey 👍🏻 4w
Emilymdxn Jealous! Full day of reading sounds fantastic to me right now 4w
Chrissyreadit What kind of work are you into? I love the idea of two hours on a train🧡. 4w
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LeahBergen This is a freaky read! 4w
Mitch @Cathythoughts - It certainly made the journey there and back fly! 4w
Mitch @Chrissyreadit Ive got many hats - but today im working on a photography documentary project out in a very rural part of East Anglia! Random ! 4w
Chrissyreadit Wow! That sounds like a very fun hat to wear today! 4w
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LoverOfLearning
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I really enjoyed the beginning but I found myself rushing/skimming part 2 of the book so I can get to the ending of who the killer was and how he was identified (in the Appendix). The appendix was disappointing. But I absolutely loved Michelle's "Letter to an Old Man" at the end of the book. She wrote it before the killer was caught. It was creepy, poetic, and optimistic. I loved how the main book read like a fiction novel. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4.5 STARS).

MrBook Great review! 4w
LoverOfLearning @MrBook thank you. 4w
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LoverOfLearning

This is how it ends for you. You'll be silent and I'll be gone in the dark. Open the door. Show us your face. Walk into the light.
-Michelle McNamera - Letter to an Old Man

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LoverOfLearning
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1. I'll Be Gone In The Dark - Michelle McNamara

2. There was no reply; she heard no footsteps. A vehicle never started up. She never knew how or when he left; just that at some point he did.

3. Propel - Kiwi Strawberry

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LoverOfLearning
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My goal is to finish this book this weekend. About 60% done and just starting part 2! Who else has read this book?

BarbaraBB Yes! It‘s scary 😱 4w
Cathythoughts Me 🙋🏼‍♀️.... it‘s awfully scary ! But so well written ! I loved it 4w
LoverOfLearning @Cathythoughts Yes, the beginning freaked me out a little. I do like how it's a mix of the victims stories with the authors story. Makes it a different read then most books about serial killers. 4w
DrexEdit I have! Part two is less polished, of course, but still good. This is an amazing bit of detective work and really well written! (edited) 4w
LoverOfLearning @DrexEdit Its so intriguing to me because I'm going to school for forensic psychology and I would love to be a private investigator one day. So this and books like it are right up my alley because she was determined. I wish she would have been able to see the real killer get captured. I'm sure she would have cried tears of joy. 4w
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LiterarySloth
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Mehso-so

It was definitely too hyped up. I thought it was okay. Not the edge of your sweat gripping story it‘s been made out to be. I wish she could have been alive to see the East Area Rapist finally caught. I won‘t say don‘t read it, but go into it with low expectations.

⭐️: 3/5

ljuliel Agreed. There are much better true crime books. I wish she could have finished it and seen him caught. I think the book would still have gotten a lot of attention, but probably not quite as much since she passed away before completion/ before he was caught. 1mo
LiterarySloth @ljuliel yes I think her passing, and husband‘s fame, had a lot to do with her book‘s success. And I still think the book would have been much better had she written the whole thing. 1mo
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I first read I'll Be Gone in the Dark when it came out and was immediately fascinated/horrified by the Golden State Killer case and how it could be possible that he went so long without being caught! This podcast I just finished, Man in the Window, while not actually related to the book, is a good follow-up if you're wanting updates on the case after the arrest of Joe DeAngelo last year! #podcast #truecrime

BarbaraBB That is good to know, about the podcast going further after the book ends. 1mo
swishandflick @BarbaraBB Oh yes, the book was published a few months before they made an arrest in the case based on a DNA match, so a big development! Though it's all still active and they have yet to set a trial date so I'm sure there will be a lot more to come once we know what other evidence they found. 1mo
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Mitch
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Haven‘t read the book yet - it‘s staring hard at me from my shelf! This short series, 3 episodes, is really interesting- not so much about the case but about the process of researching and completing the book after Michelle‘s sudden death.

LoverOfLearning I'm almost done with the book! Very interesting story. 4w
Mitch @LoverOfLearning I‘m going to get to the book soon.... the podcast delves into the decisions they had to make about how to get the book finished - super interesting 4w
LoverOfLearning @Mitch I will listen when I'm done, must have been very difficult 4w
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LiterarySloth
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I have about 100 pages left. I have mixed feelings about it. You can definitely tell when it‘s McNamara writing the chapters and when it was written by her researcher. I didn‘t know this until I read the forward, but she passed away before the book was completed. I know someone who was affected by the EAR and asked how she felt about the book. Her opinion is why I‘m now apprehensive about true crime books. How much of them are accurate?

ljuliel I think true crime books would be hard to write with exact concise information where none of it is heresay , rumors, memories that fade over time, etc. It‘d be hard to write accurately about cold cases because of time going by and witnesses, family, friends pass away . Also, depending on the police department, some are a bit less than willing to give you information, even on really cold cases from decades ago. I‘ve also read that Ann Rule‘s 👇🏼 1mo
ljuliel ☝🏼 books are less than accurate. A family member of one of the cases she wrote about said she got a lot of details wrong. I think you might have to take Truman Capote‘s way of describing your book by admitting it was a novelized version of the events. There are just some things the writer will never know , like what the victim‘s last few minutes or hours were like. (edited) 1mo
LiterarySloth @ljuliel oh definitely. I flew through Ann Rule‘s book about the I-5 killer. It was definitely more novelized. I think with this one knowing someone who was personally affected makes it a little different for me. This book was a bit too hyped up as well. 1mo
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LiterarySloth I also don‘t like chapters bashing victims. This has a couple of those. None of which were written by Michelle McNamara, but still rubbed me the wrong way. I don‘t think she would have written those chapters like that. 1mo
ljuliel I read lots of true crime and wasn‘t quite as thrilled by this book as others were. You could definitely tell where she stopped writing and the others took over. I‘m not a huge fan of serial killer books for the most part. I find them a bit boring, only because you don‘t get to know each victim very well. I know 2 families whose daughters were murdered. I‘m glad a book was never written about either case. It‘d surely make you feel differently. 1mo
LiterarySloth @ljuliel of course. I‘m more fascinated by the psychology of it. Especially once the FBI came up with the behavioral profiling. It‘s interesting how accurate they get about it. I heard there is a movie coming out about one of his victims. I think her family is behind it so it will be nice to see something celebrating her life. 1mo
ljuliel Yes it‘s always good to get to know the victims. They‘re the important people who sadly don‘t get the attention that the killer does. If the family wants their daughter/ wife/ mother‘s life to be told so the public learns more about who they were and how important they were to them, that‘s good they‘ll have the opportunity. It is interesting how the profilers can target so many traits and the lifestyle of the killers. 1mo
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LiterarySloth
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This one got a nod from Stephen King. I‘ve heard great things about this book. I‘m excited to read it!

📖: 44:52

LoverOfLearning I'm almost done reading it! I like it a lot so far. 4w
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MidnightBookGirl
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Real life horrors are always worse than anything imagination can dream up. Doing a quick re-read for tonight's True Crime book club discussion. #TeamSlaughter #scarathalon @Clwojick

MatchlessMarie I loved this one on audio 2mo
Amanjoon How to read this book on this app 2mo
Clwojick LOVED THIS ONE! 2mo
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MidnightBookGirl @Amanjoon Litsy is just for posting about books, but you can click on the title of the book to get a summary. 2mo
LoverOfLearning I have about 100 pages left. I'm really enjoying it! 4w
MidnightBookGirl @LoverOfLearning It's good! The sheer amount of his crimes is truly creepy! 4w
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kd_lawson
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I don‘t read a lot of true crime but had heard really amazing things about this one.
It was fascinating and terrifying.
While it was not flawless, I think that was probably because the author passed away before it was finished.
I would still recommend it to anyone interested in true crime — although I think everyone else has already read it. 😁

Cathythoughts I thought it was excellent too 2mo
LoverOfLearning I have about 100 pages left. Im excited to read the additional notes on catching the guya 4w
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Katiedabookworm
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This book was fantastic. The way story was blended with the telling of the events was incredibly well done, and it really allowed me to connect with not only the victims, but the author. It‘s devastating that McNamara couldn‘t be here to see what power her work has had, but this book serves as a reminder of the work she went through to help capture this terrible person.

Smrloomis Great review! I don‘t think I can read this because of how scary the topic is but I was glad to see her work definitely paid off in the end (and of course that this guy was caught). (edited) 1mo
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Kimberlone
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A new classic of the true crime genre. I think Truman Capote, who is referenced numerous times in this book, would approve. I wonder how this would have turned out had Michelle lived to see the capture of GSK, but given the circumstances I believe she would have been proud of how her posthumous collaborators put together the story. The details of GSK‘s crimes are gruesome and visceral and brought to life effectively.

Kimberlone This audiobook was very on-brand for Halloween and #Scarathlon #TeamStoker #ScaryScavengerHunt #Withablackcover @TheReadingMermaid 2mo
Kryd0s Really enjoyed it as well! 2mo
Cathythoughts 👍🏻a good one 2mo
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MrT One of my fav reads this year. 2mo
Kimberlone @TheReadingMermaid I don‘t think I got points for this one yet! 2mo
TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 2mo
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TheBookstorePodcast
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There‘s not much scarier than a serial killer and rapist who breaks into people‘s homes and goes undiscovered for decades. #spooktober

Cathythoughts So good. 👍🏻 2mo
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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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I had only been listening to the My Favorite Murder podcast for about 3 months when Michelle McNamara passed away in 2016. I didn't start her book until last night, and already I've finished it. It was amazing to see her life's work come to fruition! She was an amazing author and was part of an awesome team!

I was lucky enough to get #MFM hosts to sign my copy of McNamara's book last fall.

K.Wielechowski That‘s so awesome!!! I love them! 2mo
WorldsOkayestStepMom @K.Wielechowski Weet woo!!! 2mo
K.Wielechowski @WorldsOkayestStepMom Stay out of the forest! (edited) 2mo
The_Real_Nani Such a good book! 2mo
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Kimberlone
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Started this last night on audio! I have been saving it for October for the spooky vibes. Using this for the book with a black cover prompt for the #scaryscavengerhunt

#scarathlon #teamstoker @TheReadingMermaid

TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 2mo
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Currently listening to.

#truecrime

Kimberlone I think I might be starting this one on audio today too! 2mo
Cathythoughts Good book 👍🏻 2mo
SkeletonKey @Kimberlone - It was soooo good. 2mo
SkeletonKey @Cathythoughts - I finished it today! So good. 2mo
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Schmieds
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A very well written and detailed timeline of the rapes and murders of the Golden State Killer. Michelle McNamara wrote most of this book before dying in her sleep before the GSK was caught using familial DNA. Her writing is thorough and detailed while painting a picture to keep it interesting.

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Whimsical.Curiosity
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Yaaaassssssss!!

SitsWithaBook A compelling and terrifying read! I loved it! 3mo
AmyG This book was so frightening. Loved it. 3mo
Whimsical.Curiosity @SitsWithaBook @AmyG I'm a little nervous cause everyone says it's both terrifying and amazing! I almost want to skip right over my current read. 3mo
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diananissan3
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Amazing. The last line haunts me.

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Niavmealone
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Fantastic writing, and it was very interesting to see how the story worked structurally after McNamara‘s death. I was hooked until the end.

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cdreincarnate
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McNamara was clearly a great writer, but the friends who tried to patch up the second half of the book after her death just didn‘t have the same touch. I would have preferred an editor‘s note at the beginning explaining that the end had to be patched together from her notes, rather than interruptions and explanations throughout the text. Love that the audiobook talks about DeAngelo‘s arrest, even though that happened after the book was published.

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natalieebloom
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Pickpick

This was a wonderful (but also difficult) read. It was a little tough to get through the first 100 pages (mostly crime scene descriptions - they got a little depressing/repetitive after a minute), but I read the last 200+ pages in two days. Michelle clearly had an unusual obsession, but the way she explains it makes it so relatable and understandable. I think this would be a good “intro” book to someone who is new to the true crime world!

The_Real_Nani I loved this book. I didn‘t expect to get so in to it but it‘s easy to see why she was obsessed with the case! 3mo
natalieebloom @The_Real_Nani definitely. Not sure if you heard, but the GSK was caught in 2018! So, at least we get the satisfaction of knowing the answer 😌 3mo
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Rj6578
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Great read, creepy as heck. Makes you wonder what goes on in the heads of these people.

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dainarmb
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First post on Litsy! My goal this year was to read 15 books, and I've got 12 books under my belt so far. I read this book earlier this year and found it to be the perfect introduction to the 'True Crime' genre. McNamara is a skilled writer who was passionate about her subject- the dark world of one of California's most notorious serial killers. This book was like an episode of 'Criminal Minds' in a different format- I highly recommend it!

LibrarianRyan Yeahhhhh. Welcome! 4mo
vivastory One of my favorite true crime books. Welcome to Litsy! 4mo
Mdargusch Glad you liked this! Hello! 👋🏼👋🏼👋🏼 4mo
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AprilMae
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I'm that person 😂😂😂😂

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Did you get my email? 💛 4mo
AprilMae @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I haven't been home to check my email! Will check when I get there 😊 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AprilMae 🙌🏻🙌🏻 4mo
The_Real_Nani This book is sooooooo good!!! 4mo
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SupTeaReadBooks
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I love this story. Couldn‘t get all of it in one page, but you get the gist.

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SupTeaReadBooks
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Making a cuppa before I settle down to read. Finally going to try this tea I was gifted. Hope it‘s good; I‘m picky with oolongs. #supteaandreadbooks #tea

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AprilMae
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Oh this book.... I want to read more soooo bad, but my body needs sleep after having a rough 30 hours or so. Tomorrow we pick it up again....

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AprilMae
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#two4tuesday @TheSpineView
1) anytime really. I'm not picky 😂
2) usually it takes me a few fidgety minutes to settle into a book. Usually need a drink and have my shoes off (unless in public/at work lol)

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 😊 4mo
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AprilMae
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Reading this for book club! Not far into it but sooooo hooked already! Almost want to cancel my plans for tonight so I can read more, but it's Murder Monday with my fellow murderinos and I can't miss that 😂😂🔪🍺

MrBook Suuuure you can! 😂👏🏻🙌🏻 4mo
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SupTeaReadBooks
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Lighting‘s terrible for photos, but I‘m onto my next book, this time for the prompt: first book remembered from your tbr. At this rate I should have tried for the alchemist track, but I thought I wouldn‘t have time 😂 #newts2019

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kelseynicburke
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Listening to this again because Michelle McNamara was a Goddess

8little_paws I'm reading this now for the 2nd time for book club. She's a great writer. 4mo
DimeryRene This was so wonderful!! She is fantastic. 4mo
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Twainy
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Audible version. Well that was one made for head phones. Yikes it gets a little graphic but you need to hear it to understand the horror of it all. Interesting true crime (not my genre but held my attention). The book felt a little disjointed at times but they were piecing together the author‘s notes after she passed away. Creepy, scary, informative.

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EJG31
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Finished the audiobook. Fascinating story of such a depraved person. So sad that Michelle McNamara did not live to see him caught.
Late check in for #BFCr2 week 5. Finished 2 books started 3 others. Walked, but was not so concerned with my step count so I don't think I met my goal. Incorporating mindfulness into my days is feeling good, I'm happy with my progress. Best to everyone for the final week.

@wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Sounds like a great week! 🎉 4mo
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Amberdfoy
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Watched a series on Hulu about GSK, as I had no idea who that was and I‘m a crime junkie. Googled for a book and realized I‘d already bought it! That is the first crime tv show that ever actually scared me. I can‘t imagine living in this fear!

AJBowers Good luck, I just finished this and the first half scared me so bad!!! It's really good though! 4mo
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AJBowers
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Oh guys I am going to need SEVERAL refills today.
I had no idea, how freaked out this book was going to make me! I checked all my doors and windows, probably twice.

Every noise had me on alert and I made sure I had something close by that I could brandish if need be. I also realized that night time me is completely different than day time me. Day time me is pointing and laughing at how scared I was 🤦🏻‍♀️🤣

brit91 I love you mug!😍 4mo
DGRachel My dog had me convinced that someone was living in my attic crawl space while I was reading this book. She likes to bark, apparently randomly, if she hears a car door close three houses down. Definitely not a book to read at night! 4mo
rretzler This is how I feel about anything vampire related. I‘m okay with other horror (or even serial killers) but when I think about vampires, I‘m convinced (once it gets dark) that they‘re just outside waiting to get in. 🤣🤣 Naturally, I don‘t feel this way during the day.🤣 I think it has to do with reading Dracula for the first time when I was 9. 4mo
Syl Liked it too, though wasnt much perturbed , comfortable in the knowledge that a time line of 50 years and distance of half the earth seperated me and the perp. 4mo
Prairiegirl_reading I‘ve heard it‘s fantastic but there is no way I could read this! I‘m totally 🐔💩 4mo
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AJBowers
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This book is scaring me!!

Cortg Make sure your doors and windows are locked! 👀 4mo
AJBowers @Cortg obsessively so! 👀👀👀 4mo
Bookjunkie57 Scared me into quitting within the first few chapters. 4mo
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AJBowers @bookjunkie57 it's definitely a good read but also I should have stopped reading earlier. True crime is for the daytime! 4mo
Bookjunkie57 @AJBowers yep. Learned that the hard way after a full night of nightmares. (My subconscious lets in everything) 4mo
LogiKitty It was incredibly creepy to be honest 😨 4mo
JenReadsAlot I might have checked my doors and windows when reading this 🤣 4mo
AJBowers @LogiKitty @JenReadsAlot I had the hardest time sleeping last night! 🤣🤦🏻‍♀️ Every noise had me like 👀 4mo
LogiKitty @AJBowers I finished it off at night and boy it was hard to sleep! 4mo
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AJBowers
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Currently listening to this one 🎧

jb72 I‘ve heard it‘s pretty good. 4mo
AJBowers @jb72 it's good so far!! 4mo
AutumnRLS Dark. Very scary. Glad they caught him shortly after this book was published. If you like this you might like The Murder Squad Pocast featuring Billy Jensen & Paul Holes. 4mo
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mariaku21
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Still can't get over how much this book is about the author - her work ethic and drive is all over this and that was to me, probably more interesting than the titled killer that it was about.

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beautifulcrevice
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hotel entertainment for the night: some light journaling and reads 🌟📓🌙📚 #sweetdreams

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Lukens715
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Bailedbailed

I just could not get into this book. I read half way through and it went on my dnf list.

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whippoorwill815
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Like many others, I will be hiding from the heat and having a serious reading day! These are my current reads that I will be alternating between.

YourWordsByDesign I LOVED The Dreamers, it was so good!! 😍 5mo
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Rupi
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Book #33 “I am actively choosing to be a consumer of someone else‘s tragedy”

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