(Review) I’ll Be Gone In The Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search For The Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara


I'll Be Gone In The Dark

Publisher and Publication Date: Harper. February 27, 2018.
Genre: Nonfiction. True Crime.
Pages: 352.
Source: Library.
Rating: Excellent. Recommend.
Audience: True crime readers.

Amazon The hardcover is cheaper than the Kindle on the day of review posting. Hardcover is $13.99. The Kindle price is $14.99.

The background on the book is a fascinating tale itself. A young woman, Michelle McNamara,  who has a detectives keen eye for investigative work who tirelessly studies the cases of the Golden State Killer. The name, Golden State Killer, was originally named the East Area Rapist. He attacked and raped women and girls inside their homes, often stealing personal items from the victims. In the later years, the attacks were against couples in their homes. He separated these couples in order to inflict heavier fear and trauma. There are 50 rapes and 10 murders attributed to The Golden State Killer. The time period for the rapes was 1970’s and 1980’s. The assaults took place in Northern California.
On a side note, Michelle McNamara died in her sleep before finishing the book. Her small team of researchers finished the book. The book was published two months before a man was arrested for the crimes of The Golden State Killer.

Further link: From CBS, 48 Hours. This is the entire episode of The Golden State Killer.

I stayed up late two nights in a row to read this book. I kept thinking, “Girl, this is not a book to read before bedtime.” However, I was not able to put the book down except by sheer will power.

Several reasons led me to award this book excellent:
•Michelle McNamara’s life story. Especially the event leading her to have a strong interest in investigative journalism.
•Meticulous time consuming map work to trek the rapist’s crimes in Northern California.
•Interesting, yet, small information from the victims that were in fact big information. For example: the perpetrator had a foul undefinable odor.
•Crime statistics that escalated from 1968-1980.
•Information regarding the perpetrator’s escalating violence; and the planning out of the crimes and possible links to a window peeper before the rapes began.
•The DNA program that began in the late 1990’s helped the investigation.
•What sets apart this offender than other offenders?
•Information about those who rape and murder. A brief analysis of these types of criminals.


(Review) 1,000 Books To Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List by James Mustich

1,000 Books To Read Before You Die

Publisher and Publication Date: Workman Publishing Company. October 2, 2018.
Genre: Nonfiction.
Pages: 960.
Source: Library.
Rating: Excellent. Recommend.
Audience: Readers and book lovers.


1,000 Books To Read Before You Die holds genres of poetry, science fiction, classic literature, history, travel, and children’s books.
The book is arranged in alphabetical order by the names of authors. Beginning with Edward Abbey and ending with Carl Zuckmayer. Some exceptions to this is when the book has more than one author or an unknown author. For example: Beowulf.
The book holds half fiction and half nonfiction.
Endnotes follow the entries with further information on the books. For example awards the book has won or the time period of the book.
Additional material located in the back of the book: “A Miscellany of Special Lists,” index, and “1,000 Books Checklist,”
Several of the authors have a larger section set apart for them. For example: Vladimir Nabokov. His section holds a brief biography and examples of two books: Lolita and Speak, Memory.
Most entries hold illustrations of books covers in color and a photo of the author.
“More To Explore” sections are tucked away showing an additional book (grouped by theme) similar to the one listed. The first of these is on page 26, Judgment Night by C.L. Moore. This book is paired up as a “More To Explore” beside The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov.

Examples of authors and books:
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Slightly Out of Focus by Robert Capa
O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
The World of Winnie-The-Pooh by A.A. Milne
A Child’s Garden of Verses
War and Peace, Anna Karenina, and The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy

My Thoughts:
I’m super excited about this book and wish I owned a copy.
The book would make a great Christmas gift for a book reader/lover.
The author of the book is James Mustich. His added touch of information about the books, including personal feelings, add both charm and enrichment.
The book is visually stimulating. I enjoyed reading the book and being enchanted by the beautiful layout of the pages.
I highly recommend 1,000 Books To Read Before You Die.

2019 Reading Challenge, Operation Deepen Faith

OperationDeepenBecky at Operation Actually Read Bible is the host and originator of this challenge. This is the link for the challenge at her blog: https://operationreadbible.blogspot.com/2018/11/2019-operation-deepen-faith.html

Duration: January – December 2019

This challenge has multiple parts and the ability to take part in as many as you choose.
I’m signing up for:
I. Wonderful Words of Life-Read the Bible. The goal isn’t to read the Bible following a specific plan or by a certain date. The goal is to read the Bible. For some that might mean reading the Bible once a year. For others it might mean reading the Bible over two or three years. What matters is that you incorporate reading the Bible into your life.
IV. Sweet Hour of Prayer-One or more books on prayer or a devotional.
V. Just a Closer Walk With Thee-Read one or more books on Christian living.
VI. How Firm a Foundation-Read one or more theology books.

I. Wonderful Words of Life:

IV. Sweet Hour of Prayer:

V. Just a Closer Walk With Thee:

VI. How Firm a Foundation:


2019 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge


2019 (1)I signed up for the 2019 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge. My goal is to read 10 historical fiction books-Renaissance Reader. The challenge runs from January 1-December 31, 2019.

These are the choices for challenges but I chose the Renaissance @ 10 books.
20th Century Reader – 2 books
Victorian Reader – 5 books
Renaissance Reader – 10 books
Medieval – 15 books
Ancient History – 25 books
Prehistoric – 50+ books

The link for more information is @ http://www.passagestothepast.com/2018/10/2019-historical-fiction-reading.html