Aussie Howie in LA
I’m an Australian father of two boys who has moved to LA to further my wife’s career . This book quickly got a hold of my fears and anxiety . Reading this at night , with kids in bed and sometimes with wife away on business ,heightened the senses to every sound in the house . The doors were locked and double checked . A great read into the primal fear of any family . Loved it
I hardly ever read nonfiction. It just so happens the news broke that the Golden State Killer was captured while I was at work. Michelle McNamara’s tireless investigation and her book was mentioned, as well as her untimely death. My interest was peaked. I discussed it with my co-workers and we all agreed to read it. I started this book Monday and couldn’t put it down. I had a busy week, but by Saturday I had devoured it completely. Michelle has a friendly, warm way of writing. She takes you into her world of laptop detective work. The endless digging and chasing pieces. And she shares wonderful little tidbits of her life and her family. You feel like you are drinking tea as Michelle takes you along her journey. We peer over her shoulder as she describes her meetings and collaborative work with detectives. I was worried about the victims stories, I wanted to know, but would it be too much? Michelle walks you through the victims’ stories humanely and respectfully. I ended up caring about each victim. By the end, I was quite moved. I was changed. Michelle was a great talent, gone too soon. This book is a gift to us, the readers. I didn’t know Michelle, but by the end of this book I very much cared about the same thing she cared about: the capture of the Golden State Killer. I have a new appreciation for detectives and science too. I highly recommend this book.
Great writer and story. Very matter of fact. The middle just dragged.
A good read, however, extremely hard to follow.
The information was there but the book jumped from place to place. Would have helped to have had a map of some sort, if you were not familiar with the areas.
Thank God they got the SOB and may he rot in hell for all he’s done. I hope Michelle knows it.
I read this not long after GSK was arrested. The author was very, very close--uncannily so. She deserves credit for that. The book sags in the middle and I would've liked more psychological detail, more of the profile. I wish she were alive to see him behind bars. I like to believe she's up there smiling, her mission accomplished. RIP, god bless, and well done, Michelle.
One woman search for the truth came to an end. Over a 10-year-period, from 1976 to 1986, the Golden State Killer was linked by DNA and method to 12 slayings, 45 sexual assaults and more than 120 burglaries from Sacramento to Southern California’s Orange County.
Excellent writing by a passionate lady. So wish she could have known that the GSK EAR was finally caught.
I so wish so could have seen this man caught. An amazing book there’s been times a night we’re I had to stop reading because it was so unsettling.
One of those books you just cannot put down. Except at night, best read in the daylight. Creepy, intriguing and full of details. The writer makes you feel like you are watching the crimes. So sorry we won’t get more from her, what a loss. I hope she is resting in peace and somehow knows that they finally got him.
Excellent read for anyone who enjoys the anticipation of true crime
McNamara wrote compelling prose with more than the usual layperson’s grip of criminal investigation. Her analysis is reminiscent of Ann Rule. The background story of her life is inseparable for readers who are now caught up in the compulsion to see this rapist/killer caught.