Book Review: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark
Michelle McNamara
Nonfiction (crime)

Is it terrible to be gleeful about this book? I can’t help it. I’m a Criminal Minds junkie who reads about psychopaths for fun and this book is like candy for my mild obsession. I also waited months for this to work its way through holds at my library, which certainly built anticipation.

You’ve probably heard about this book. It was all over the media when law enforcement arrested the Golden State Killer earlier this year. For years, Michelle obsessed over catching GSK; she even named him–he was otherwise known as the East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker (EAR/ONS). He was also the Vidalia Ransacker. His numerous crime sprees–different segments of the same sick path–resulted in numerous names and confusion. Continue reading

15/30 Book Review: Stillhouse Lake

Stillhouse Lake
Rachel Caine
Pub date: July 1, 2017

Plot Summary

Gina Royal is the definition of average—a shy Midwestern housewife with a happy marriage and two adorable children. But when a car accident reveals her husband’s secret life as a serial killer, she must remake herself as Gwen Proctor—the ultimate warrior mom.

With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband’s crimes, Gwen dares Continue reading

10/30 Book Review: Bonfire by Krysten Ritter

Krysten Ritter
Pub date: November 2017

Summary via publisher

It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all visible evidence of her small town roots. Now working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, she has a thriving career, a modern apartment, and her pick of meaningless one-night stands.

But when a new case takes her back home to Barrens, Indiana, the life Abby painstakingly created begins to crack. Tasked with investigating Optimal Plastics, the town’s most high-profile company and economic heart, Abby begins to find strange connections to Barrens’ biggest scandal from more than a decade ago involving the popular Kaycee Mitchell and her closest friends—just before Kaycee disappeared for good.

Abby knows the key to solving any case lies in the weak spots, the unanswered questions. But as Abby tries to find out what really happened to Kaycee, she unearths an even more disturbing secret—a ritual called “The Game,” which will threaten the reputations and lives of the community and risk exposing a darkness that may consume her.

Can you ever outrun your past?

Dark and Twisty

I don’t always like thrillers, but every once in awhile, I’m in the right mood. I started this one on the flight back from BookCon and it’s the first ARC from BookCon that I chose to finish. Bonfire is a dark thriller, simultaneously concise and fuzzy. It’s not an action movie, fast and Continue reading

Book Review: Micro

micro book reviewTitle: Micro
Author(s): Michael Crichton & Richard Preston
Genre: Thriller/Sci-fi/Adventure

Micro is one of Michael Crichton’s last works, finished by Richard Preston and published posthumously. Crichton is the author of Jurassic Park and other interesting novels. In full disclosure, I only made it about halfway through the novel before I chose not to finish it. However, I think I can still deliver a decent review.

Plot Summary

7 graduate students visit Nanigen, a science research company based in Hawaii, only to uncover dark secrets about the company. To protect his secrets, Vin Drake, head of the company, shrinks the students, planning to kill them. But they are rescued by another staff member and escape into the forest, where they have to battle insects and assassins.


Crichton’s pacing is something I love – he weaves together multiple storylines, giving the reader information exactly when it’s appropriate. Continue reading