Bookish Happenings: Suspense & True Crime

Currently I’m listening two audio books through Audible and I’m quite enjoying both of them. I’m also working on a draft for a review of “Grief Cottage by Gail Godwin.” While many have given the story a glowing review, I have mix feelings about the story-line and have to admit it took me a while to get through it. This reason is why I have delayed in writing my review but I have finally decided to get my thoughts down and put it out there. In the next few days you will see what I have to say about the story. As for the audio books, it’s interesting to be listening to a crime thriller (fiction) and a true crime story at the same time. I’ll be Gone in the Dark is powerful, chilling, and well told and one of the best true crime stories published I’ve come across.

I’m looking forward to this weekend so I am able to spend time drafting another review and hopefully I will be able to pick up a couple more stories to either listen too or read. If you have any recommendations for me, do share! I’m always on the lookout for new titles I have not heard of before. -Stephanie M. Hopkins

The Good DaughterThe Good Daughter (The Good Daughter #1)

by Karin Slaughter

Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind.

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father—Pikeville’s notorious defense attorney—devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.

Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer herself—the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again—and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized—Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it’s a case that unleashes the terrible memories she’s spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried forever.

I'll Be Gone in the DarkI’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

by Michelle McNamara, Gillian Flynn (Goodreads Author) (Introduction), Patton Oswal

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.” Michelle 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 Michelle’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.

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