Short and Sweet will be bite size reviews of everything non-romance that I’m reading. Every now and then I need a break from the yicky love stuff, just so I don’t walk around in a permanent haze of longing sighs and love-sick eyes. I already spend most of my day dreaming of princes and ponies…ok, unicorns would be more accurate. It’s a thing.
Without further ado, here’s what I’m reading:I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara, Gillian Flynn, Patton Oswalt
Published by Harper on February 27, 2018
Genres: True Crime
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A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer—the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade—from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case.
"You’ll be silent forever, and I’ll be gone in the dark."
For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.
Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called "the Golden State Killer." McNamara pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was.
At the time of the crimes, the Golden State Killer was between the ages of eighteen and thirty, Caucasian, and athletic—capable of vaulting tall fences. He always wore a mask. After choosing a victim—he favored suburban couples—he often entered their home when no one was there, studying family pictures, mastering the layout. He attacked while they slept, using a flashlight to awaken and blind them. Though they could not recognize him, his victims recalled his voice: a guttural whisper through clenched teeth, abrupt and threatening.
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark—the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death—offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman’s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Framed by an introduction by Gillian Flynn and an afterword by her husband, Patton Oswalt, the book was completed by McNamara's lead researcher and a close colleague. Utterly original and compelling, it is destined to become a true crime classic—and may at last unmask the Golden State Killer.
When Michelle McNamara is writing, this is STUNNING. She was an incredible storyteller. Her passion/obsession with the Golden State Killer rivals Truman Capote and Perry Edward Smith. Just like In Cold Blood, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is a piece of art – when it’s Michelle McNamara’s work. Read more of my ramble here.
*****Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel
Published by Del Rey Books on May 1, 2018
Genres: Science Fiction
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World War Z meets The Martian in the explosive follow-up to Sleeping Giants (“One of the most promising series kickoffs in recent memory”—NPR) and Waking Gods (“Pure, unadulterated literary escapism”—Kirkus Reviews).
In her childhood, Rose Franklin accidentally discovered a giant metal hand buried beneath the ground outside Deadwood, South Dakota. As an adult, Dr. Rose Franklin led the team that uncovered the rest of the body parts which together form Themis: a powerful robot of mysterious alien origin. She, along with linguist Vincent, pilot Kara, and the unnamed Interviewer, protected the Earth from geopolitical conflict and alien invasion alike. Now, after nearly ten years on another world, Rose returns to find her old alliances forfeit and the planet in shambles. And she must pick up the pieces of the Earth Defense Corps as her own friends turn against each other.
I don’t know if this book doesn’t feel like an ending because it’s not at all what I expected, I don’t want it to end, or because it just doesn’t feel like a resolution to the trilogy. If I had to pick, I suppose it would be option two. I’ve spent three years with Themis Files, and Sylvain Neuvel introduced so many captivating ideas and worlds to us in the final book. I think I just want more of these worlds and characters. Still, hands down, one of the best multi-cast narrations I’ve ever listened to. If you are interested in this trilogy, 100% choose the audio. (Get the first two here: Sleeping Giants / Waking Gods)