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Want our personal recommendations? Here are our Staff Picks! All staff picks are 15% off, but these are our favorites this month.
Dylan’s pick for January is Killing Season by Faye Kellerman.
This thriller had just enough twist and turns to keep me guessing every step of the way. 16 year old Ben becomes obsessed with his older sister Ellen’s unsolved murder. He gathers evidence, finds patterns, takes it upon himself to visit crime scenes, and gets the new girl at school involved in his secrets. Only involving the detective when he needs to, Ben suddenly finds he has no only stumbled across key information, but maybe the killer knows he is close to figuring it out. This book was intense.
Gabriella’s pick for January is Tarkin by James Luceno.
Anyone who’s talked to me for more than ten minutes knows how much I love Star Wars, but until last year I didn’t have too much interest in reading either Legends or Canon novels. Shocking, I know! But the newest Star Wars movie left me wanting more of the galaxy far, far away in my life than ever, so I decided to pick up the nearest book I could. I can honestly say I never expected to enjoy a book about Grand Moff Tarkin as much as I did. Covering his childhood and adolescence in flashbacks, as well as the hunt for a cell of rebels during the construction of the Death Star, this book gives you a glimpse into Peter Cushing’s intimidating character and his place in the GFFA at large.
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If you’re reading along with WCMY, here’s our book for discussion in January!
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.