Chase Darkness with Me by Billy Jensen
Published by Sourcebooks
Format: eBook, Audiobook
Read in: January 2021
Reading Challenges: 2021 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
Add to: Goodreads
Have you ever wanted to solve a murder? Gather the clues the police overlooked. Put together the pieces. Identify the suspect.
Journalist Billy Jensen spent 15 years investigating unsolved murders, fighting for the families of victims. Every story he wrote had one thing in common - it didn't have an ending. The killer was still out there.
But after the sudden death of a friend, crime writer Michelle McNamara, Billy became fed up. Following a dark night, he came up with a plan. A plan to investigate past the point when the cops have given up. A plan to solve the murders himself.
In Chase Darkness with Me, you'll ride shotgun as Billy identifies the Halloween Mask Murderer, finds a missing girl in the California Redwoods, and investigates the only other murder in New York City on 9/11. You'll hear intimate details of the hunts for two of the most terrifying serial killers in history: his friend Michelle's pursuit of the Golden State Killer which is chronicled in I'll Be Gone In The Dark, a book Billy helped finish after Michelle's passing, and his own quest to find the murderer of the Allenstown 4 family.
Gripping, complex, unforgettable, Chase Darkness with Me is an examination of the evil forces that walk among us, illustrating a novel way to catch those killers, and a true crime narrative unlike any you've listened to before. - via GoodReads
I picked up Chase Darkness with Me by Billy Jensen because I needed a non-fiction book for my Monopoly roll and I had recently shelved it on GoodReads and knew I had it. I really like the Murder Squad podcast and I wanted to know more about Jensen.
I listened to the majority of this on audio and Billy Jensen does his own narration. I really enjoyed it because the author was telling me his story. He talked about how he ended up in true crime and how he became, in my opinion, an amazing victims’ advocate.
Jensen talks about his friendship and time spent taking shop with Michelle McNamara, helping to finish up her book when she was no longer here to do so for herself, and how he developed a way of helping families find answers via social media.
There is so much in this book. You could feel the desperation he has for clearing cases and wanting to be able to give answers. I think he’s incredibly disciplined because he won’t compromise a case even if he knows it’ll give him answers.
Jensen walks through how you can start doing your own social media sleuthing. It’s not something I’m interested in because I’m sure it would consume me and I am not able to walk away easily. I obsess over things. And to be frank it intimidates me.
Jensen’s method is incredibly simple and yet so very effective. He even wrote about a case he helped with in my hometown. I wasn’t expecting to see my little town of 33,000 people pop up in a random book but there you have it!
I’m glad I listened to Chase Darkness with Me by Billy Jensen on audio. I think it really did make the book for me.
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- 2021 GoodReads