“He pointed a knife at her and issued a chilling warning: ‘Make one move and you’ll be silent forever and I’ll be gone in the dark.”
-Michelle McNamara, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark
The most terrifying part about this book is that it’s real. It’s startling to remember halfway through a passage about the grotesque rapes and murders committed by the Golden State Killer that he is not the twisted brainchild of a mystery writer, conjured up in a caffeine-induced haze, but a living, breathing, serial-killing psychopath.
Whereas a mystery writer might describe little Sally getting chopped to pieces with as much tact as they would use in describing what they ate for lunch, true crime novelists have to keep in mind that they’re writing about someone real. Someone with a history that matters beyond the pages of a book, whose friends and family don’t want to read about their murder in agonizing detail.