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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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jlhammar
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Amazing true crime memoir. The Golden State Killer could definitely be described as evil. Michelle McNamara was a mother, wife and dedicated true crime journalist. Obsessive with her research and investigation and such a great writer. Heartbreaking that she didn‘t live to see the fruits of her labor, but what a legacy.

#Evil #MayMoms
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes, so sad 💔 2w
Jess Did you read Paul Holes Unmasked yet? So good and a great companion to this one. 2w
jlhammar @Jess Just picked-up Unmasked at the library today! That is great to hear. Looking forward to it. 2w
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jackilynn
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Crimes and Cocktails...finally a bookclub I am able to attend. I was the youngest person there but still a good time/discussion was had by all. I can't wait to see what our next book will be.

Bookish.SAM I would LOVE to find a local Crimes and Cocktails bookclub 😍 Right up my alley! Enjoy! 🍸 1mo
aa_guer2021 That one is on my shelf. Let me know what you think of it! And for me it would be a mocktail, but still sounds fun! 1mo
jackilynn @aa_guer2021 all of us at the book club really enjoyed it. We had quite the discussion. It was a interesting story. 1mo
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jackilynn @Bookish.SAM it was a lot of fun. It all started because of my coworkers obsession with true crime. Now she wants to know how "dark" we are willing to go when it comes to book picks so it could be interesting lol 1mo
Bookish.SAM Ha! How ‘dark‘ you‘re willing to go?!? That could make for some interesting reads! 4w
jackilynn @Bookish.SAM my thoughts exactly 😂 4w
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Kris10H
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Like many, I have spent many hours of my life watching true crime documentaries, shows, and YouTube channels, and listening to true crime podcasts. This book is McNamara's comprehensive investigation of a monster who raped 50 women, and murdered 13 victims. Good read for true crime fans like myself.

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jackilynn
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Housework is done so now I can relax with some diamond painting and an audiobook. I figured it was about time I started this since the book club will be meeting in April to discuss this book.

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LibraryCin
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Mehso-so

I listened to the audio; that may not have helped keep things straight, but between following the rapist/murderer and his activities, and the author‘s sections that were memoir, it didn‘t help that nothing was in chronological order. There were so many murders and rapes, it was hard to follow. Maybe it would have been easier to read rather than listen to. I was a bit confused for a while trying to figure out who everyone was and where they fit in.

5feet.of.fury I agree, and when they would use all the different names for GSK, I was so confused listening to this. 2mo
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Professional_Book_Dragon
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I don‘t read a lot of True Crime but I had a hard time stopping this audio book. I was engrossed in the way it was told.

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Professional_Book_Dragon
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I‘ll be listening to this over this next week in memory of Sharon @sharread from her TBR list. #litsylove #sharreadathon

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🖤🖤🖤 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Let me know how it is!! 3mo
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harp_schroeder
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I cannot recommend this book enough. Incredibly well written. I‘ve decided I spoiled myself by making this my first read in my 2022 book challenge - I‘ve read another book since and while it was interesting, it was not to the level of McNamara‘s writing. Thoughtfully organized and intentionally personable, this book is one I couldn‘t put down.

aa_guer2021 That‘s on my TBR! Might go 🆙 after that review! 😊 3mo
harp_schroeder @aa_guer2021 I would highly encourage it! I just mailed my copy to a friend this morning because she was ready to read it too :) 3mo
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Christy2318
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I think if she had been able to finish it, it would have been 5 ⭐️s for me but since others had to finish it from her notes, it was a bit disjointed. Still a solid ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. I purposefully didn‘t read much when they caught him because I knew I wanted to read this. I googled after I finished & I have questions. It‘s so strange that he just stopped. Now I have to go watch or read something fluffy so I can sleep. #truecrime

Megabooks She died in the middle of completing it I believe. 4mo
Cathythoughts Great book ... scary stuff 4mo
LoverOfLearning Definitely one of the top 3 creepiest true crime books over read. Gave me the shivers reading it. 4mo
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reading_rainbow
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Not bad. It mostly made me frustrated. I hate this man with a passion and I hate how he lived his whole life free and I hate how Michelle devoted so much of her life and didn‘t even get to see the bastard caught. It has also made me nervous at night and grateful for having very loud and unfriendly dogs.

reading_rainbow I probably would have enjoyed it more if I had read it prior to JJD‘s arrest 5mo
EvieBee I read it prior and it scared me to death. The not knowing part. Chills. 5mo
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reading_rainbow
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Starting a true crime club with my sister 🔪🔫🔎

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BkClubCare
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I listened to this in May 2018; have yet to watch the doco. Posting now to fit the #SerialKiller day for #Scarathlon #PhotoChallenge.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#scarathlon #photochallenge #truecrime @Linsy

Boyfriend and I have been watching the documentary for this. I have read the book and listen to a few podcasts, but I am always surprised at how women accept that this is the world we live in and men are utterly dumbfounded.

Chrissyreadit I love your chair- and completely agree. Unfortunately there are women who also turn a blind eye to what is happening to them. It breaks my heart. 7mo
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5feet.of.fury
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So good, so tragic.
McNamara, with assists from armchair detectives chronicle the quest for “the EAR” who committed at least 13 murders, 50 rapes, and 120 burglaries across California between 1974 and 1986.

Really good as an audio book. Perfect narration and pacing.

Side note: I noticed a lot of similarities between the Golden State Killer and the killer in Cornwell‘s Postmortem.
#Scarathlon
#TeamSlaughter

Tera66 I need to give this another shot. I just need to suck it up and quit being a scardy cat.🐈‍⬛ 7mo
Clwojick The documentary is amazing too! I highly recommend it! 7mo
5feet.of.fury @Tera66 def thought every bump in the night was the Golden State Killer last night 🙃 usually stuff like that doesn‘t get to me, but I understand! It‘s worse when it‘s true. 7mo
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5feet.of.fury
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After the terrible last listen, decided to start a sure thing on today‘s commute #Scarathlon2021 #TeamSlaughter #truecrime

Tera66 I tried to get through this when I first got sent to work from home and kept getting too freaked out. Can't wait to see what you think, I may try it again. 7mo
5feet.of.fury @Tera66 only an hour and a half in but enjoying it so far! 7mo
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@TheAromaofBooks I won‘t be done with either of the books I‘m reading now in time to join #bookspinbingo in October, but maybe in November. I‘m just excited to finally understand how it works! I tagged this book because it‘s so far outside of what I usually read, which I think is part of why I‘m excited to read it. It‘s also one of the few books on this list, that I don‘t think I‘ve already posted about at some point. Haha

BookBosomed1 I don‘t understand how bookspin works. Will you explain it to me please? 8mo
BookBosomed1 @Megabooks thank you! 8mo
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TheAromaofBooks Yay!! I will go ahead & tag you with October's numbers & if you decide to read them you totally can!! And that way you will already be in the loop for November, too!! 8mo
TheAromaofBooks @BookBosomed1 - I host the #BookSpin challenge so please just let me know if you have any questions!! And if you'd like to join, tag me when you post your list!!! 8mo
smalldogs_bigbooks2419 @TheAromaofBooks sounds great! Thank you 😊 Also, the fact that I sort of struggled through writing some of this list, tells me I “need” more books. Haha 8mo
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jpj7474

The pursuit of this serial killer in CA is interesting. How he escaped detection for so long over the course of so many crimes. But equally as interesting is how McNamara with no background in law enforcement became so engrossed in this pursuit, to the point that it destroyed her. It's an unforgettable story even if you're not heavily into the true crime genre, which I'm not.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I haven‘t read this one, but I hear it‘s terrifying 😱💔🖤 Who has read it?

#Death
#ConflictedWorlds

ShelleyBooksie I had to dnf it- it is SO well written that it is terrifying. 9mo
JackOBotts It was a phenomenal read…the HBO miniseries documentary is equally intense and remarkable… 9mo
wideeyedreader I listened to the audiobook! I wouldn‘t call it terrifying, but I listen to/read quite a bit of true crime so that may be why. A very good read either way! 9mo
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Eggs Great choice! But I think it would haunt me bc it‘s true crime not fiction. True crime can be more evil and terrifying than anything you could make up IMHO 9mo
AmyG I was a bit scared while reading this. Lock all your doors first. 9mo
DGRachel I read it right after I‘d adopted Bailey and she would randomly bark in the night while I was reading it. I was almost convinced someone was living in my attic crawl space. 9mo
Dcueto I‘ve read it and enjoyed it! 9mo
booksellerofyourdiscontent I am listening to it. McNamara‘s story integrated with the history of the crimes makes it compelling. 9mo
Michael_Gee I recently read it. It‘s very well written! 9mo
Prairiegirl_reading I‘m too chicken!!! 9mo
EKonrad I read this when it first came out and I still think about it! Terrifying but so well-written. 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JackOBotts I‘ve watched the first episode 😱 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs I agree… I‘m just looking for something different to pass the time looking at these 4 walls 🤯 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG and set the alarm!! 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @DGRachel that would scare me! I live in an 88 year old house with lots of creaks!! 😱 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Michael_Gee awesome!! Thank you! 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @EKonrad ok so I‘ll read it next based on everyone‘s input!! 9mo
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Ericalambbrown
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This book is so good. It‘s obvious McNamara painstakingly researched the cases. Throughout there are places marked with ‘Editor‘s Note‘ that sadly remind the reader that the author did not survive to see the book published. McNamara was a rare talent - capable of conveying the horror in an oddly sterile manner without sensationalizing and dehumanizing the victims. She never gives into the gore for shock value. Excellent true crime read.

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wideeyedreader
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book is painstakingly researched and incredibly insightful.

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K.Wielechowski
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Follows Michell McNamara‘s years-long hunt for the Golden State Killer.
It was strange listening to the book knowing GSK/EAR/ONS is in prison for his crimes. I kept waiting for his name to pop up but it never did. It‘s so sad that McNamara never got to see him arrested but she played a huge part in keeping the case alive.
Wonderfully written true crime that focuses more on the people than the crimes.

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BoleyBooks
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Tackle the TBR 🤓📚 #boleybooks #michellemcnamara #illbegoneinthedark #bookbeast #bookjoy #readwithme
What are you reading? 😊

LoverOfLearning This was an excellent and terribly creepy read 10mo
Ericalambbrown This book is so good and HBO companion series is beautifully and respectfully done - the victims are given a voice without sensationalizing and exploiting them. Patton Oswalt produced and appears in it as well. 10mo
BoleyBooks @LoverOfLearning yes, it‘s scary to know that individuals like this are out there for so long.😳 10mo
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BoleyBooks @Ericalambbrown I did watch and that‘s how I knew to grab this copy. I feel so sad that she didn‘t get to see all of her hard work pay off....may she Rest In Peace now. 😔 10mo
Ericalambbrown @BoleyBooks there is apparently a new episode out there that was recently added, too. Did you see that? I‘ve not watched it yet so I didn‘t know what that was all about. 10mo
LoverOfLearning @Ericalambbrown oh I'll have to check into this 10mo
BoleyBooks @Ericalambbrown I must take a look, thanks for the info. 10mo
LoverOfLearning @Ericalambbrown yep! Watching it right now!! Thanksa 10mo
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Brooke_H
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For any fans of this book or the adaptation series, HBO just released an extra episode!

Leftcoastzen Thanks for the tip! 11mo
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NatalieR
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This is definitely one of the best written true crime books I‘ve ever read. It‘s so touching how so many people contributed to the book‘s completion. Michelle McNamara was such a talented writer and selflessly dedicated to finding this monster. I believe, without question, the Golden State Killer wouldn‘t have been caught without Michelle‘s work. #MountTBR

Prairiegirl_reading I love the idea of this book but I‘m way too chicken to actually read it! She definitely contributed to catching him. 11mo
BiblioLitten @Prairiegirl_reading This was supposed to be my next read but I chickened out too. 11mo
BiblioLitten Beautiful picture 😍 11mo
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JenReadsAlot @Prairiegirl_reading @BiblioLitten I checked my doors and windows a few times reading this! It was great, but terrifying! 11mo
Blueberry And sad that she died before finding out they would had catch him. 11mo
erzascarletbookgasm Great shot 📸👍 11mo
NatalieR @JenReadsAlot @Prairiegirl_reading @BiblioLitten 😆The book definitely reminded me to be mindful about security! It‘s an excellent book. I highly recommend. 11mo
NatalieR @BiblioLitten Thank you! 😊 11mo
NatalieR @Blueberry So tragic! 💔 11mo
NatalieR @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks!! 😀 11mo
CaramelLunacy I am in the middle of this one (it's slower going because I can only read this when it's light outside) 11mo
NatalieR @CaramelLunacy 😂 I totally understand! 11mo
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Cathythoughts It is !! 11mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 11mo
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Michael_Gee
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JenReadsAlot
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Thanks for the tag @Kshakal
1. True crime and a good psychological thriller
2. Tagged - I even checked my doors and windows!
#two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Thanks for playing and happy Tuesday! 12mo
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Lizpixie
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Bk7 of March & Bk3 of #MarvellousMarch is finally done! I was having trouble sticking to a book & ended up watching some true crime docos which led me to a reread of this fabulous book. I read a lot of true crime & I can honestly say this is in my top 3. Such a pity she died before this psychopath was caught. #NonFictionBingo #ByAWoman #PennyPerPage #328c #Pop21 #ReadItAgainSam #CloakDaggerChal #BookspinBingo #BookishBingo

Lizpixie And it matches the beautiful Roses my daughter bought me for my birthday!🌹 14mo
LeahBergen This was such a good read! 14mo
Cathythoughts This was really good !! Please can I ask you what your other 2 top true crimes are ... ? Whenever you get a minute 👍🏻 14mo
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 14mo
Lizpixie @LeahBergen @Cathythoughts it‘s so awful she didn‘t get to finish it, if it‘s this good unfinished, how good would the end product have been! My other top true crime books are 14mo
Lizpixie @Cathythoughts and a recent Australian true crime about the disappearance of a teenage girl in 1977 on the northern beaches of Sydney 14mo
Lizpixie Honourable mention goes to the one that started my true crime obsession 14mo
Cathythoughts Thankyou! I did read Helter Skelter before. .... So I‘m stacking Barronjoey Road & will get that one soon ❤️👍🏻 14mo
Cathythoughts Oh stacking Ruby Ridge too 👍🏻 14mo
Andrew65 One I‘m wanting to read 👏👏👏🙌 14mo
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rachelk
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‘The East Area Rapist‘ later dubbed ‘The Golden State Killer‘ (by McNamara) is the subject of her well written, relentlessly investigative true crime book. Sadly, she did not live long enough to complete the book or to see the killer apprehended. However, her notes were posthumously pieced together to complete her work. It was done very well.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I can‘t wait to read this one!! 1y
sarahlandis Looooved this but it actually really terrified me 1y
rachelk @sarahlandis Yes, she did a great job but one true crime book a year is probably enough for me 😬 1y
rachelk @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It was definitely engrossing! 1y
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bookish.mum
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February TBR

I'm taking part in a readalong for I'll Be Gone in the Dark, and Honeybee is a book I would like to read this month too! I'm mostly a mood reader so haven't decided on any other books to read just yet!

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lost.in.a.book
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At times disturbing but mostly just heartbreaking for the victims. Great true crime book.
⭐⭐⭐⭐

mariaku21 This was such a good read. I couldn't put this one down! 1y
LatrelWhite It was excellent!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1y
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Jgotham
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1. My mom and dad are big readers but different genres. Dad prefers history and war stories and mom reads true crime.
2. Yes! Sometimes I buy them books for a birthday I want to so I can borrow later 😆

#two4tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 1y
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BookishTrish
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Celebrating one of the last book‘s I read last year: an insanely intense combination of true crime and memoir about a citizen detective. I literally didn‘t sleep for four days afterwards. #12bestof2020 #12booksof2020

wanderinglynn If I read the bottle correct, that‘s Prosecco. Love Prosecco 😋🥂 Enjoy! 1y
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Wanders.In.Stories
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This is what my local library has me reading for book club...three me right out of my comfort zone and I‘m GLAD! Riveting and well written

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BookishTrish
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I tore through this book. It‘s as much a look at our obsessive need to solve the puzzle as it is about the cold case itself. I found it INTENSE and unputdownable.

Soubhiville The Netflix show is excellent too if you‘re interested . 1y
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Nicki_K
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐One of the best true crime books I have ever read!! It was mesmerisingly written. Michelle's research and determination to solve this case was fascinating to read. If you only read 1 true crime book ever make it this one. #michellemcnamara #illbegoneinthedark #truecrime #tea_sipping_bookworm #greatreads #goodreads #litsy #bookqueen #bookstagram

Cathythoughts Such a good book 1y
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BookishTrish
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A glass of port and a true crime documentary before I settle in for the night with the tagged book.

CoverToCoverGirl Enjoy your evening! 1y
Cathythoughts Good book 👏🏻 1y
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HufflepuffGirl90
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Thank you so much @Marmie7 for the wonderful #creepychristmas package!!
I can‘t wait to dive into these books with a nice mug of peppermint tea!

Thanks @teebe for hosting this year‘s swap!

teebe Great items and books! 🖤 1y
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Traci1
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I'd never heard of the East Area rapist prior to reading this book. It was a fascinating, if disturbing, true crime story that was extremely well researched and investigated by McNamara. It's unfortunate she never got to see her book published or the killer caught before she died.

#12booksof2020 - Day 6 @Andrew65

Andrew65 Keep looking at this one! 1y
monkeygirlsmama This was a very well researched and written book. I agree it's tragic she never got to see how the story came to a conclusion. 1y
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keepingupwiththepenguins
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I‘ve heard some readers say that this book is less captivating now that the “case is solved”. I would argue that, if that‘s the case, you‘re reading it for different reasons than I am. I read this book to learn about a woman‘s pursuit of justice, to understand how fifty years can go by without an answer being found. I‘m not here to gawp at a cold case. Full review: https://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/ill-be-gone-in-the-dark-michelle-mcnamara/

Chrissyreadit Nice blurb! 1y
jb72 I thought the book was very good. The author did a lot of research and kept the case going all those years. If it wasn‘t for her pushing, I‘m not sure it would ever have been solved. 1y
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Mehso-so

This book gave a lot of detail on a serial rapist and murder that many people weren‘t aware of until recently. Unfortunately, it is an unfinished manuscript and that shows. Nevertheless, a fascinating story. 3⭐️

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Decent book. This author dedicated her entire adult life to researching this serial rapist/killer so I give her a lot of credit for her thorough research but the book was put together after the author‘s death and it‘s kind of all over the place and a bit difficult to follow.

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Kappadeemom
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I want to finish this BUT there‘s a Tom Petty Tribute Band playing so.......:🤷‍♀️😜

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Kappadeemom
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My book club read! I can barely put it down. This guy was so diabolical 👹

Traci1 One of the best books I read this year. 1y
RaimeyGallant Such an amazing read 1y
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Beck9lol
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I listened to this on audio and it was a little all over the place for me. Given the author passed away before it was finished and people helped piece it together, I totally get it. I think this would have been better in print, but the narrator can do a good creepy voice. Catching the Golden State Killer was the author‘s one goal and she didn‘t live to see it happen, but helped keep the spotlight on this dangerous murderer. ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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jenniferw88
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5 🌟

15pts for #teamreadnosedreindeer #wintergames2020 @StayCurious as it was a #tbr book left over from November, takes me to 45pts.

Anyone looking for a book with pictures for #booked2021, this would work! @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Caroline2 Oh I‘ve had this book on my shelf for a while now. Glad to hear it‘s good. 👍 1y
Cinfhen Thanks for sharing xx 1y
StayCurious Yay! Don't forget the extra point for participation! 1y
jenniferw88 @StayCurious I haven't! 😂😂😂 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Ah—good point! Thanks! 1y
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