Chase Darkness with Me by Billy Jensen
Release Date: April 11, 2019 by Audible Studios
8 Hours, 19 min & Narrated by Billy Jensen with foreword by Karen Kilgariff
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Short Blurb: 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.
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.
My Thoughts: If you like true crime, especially in the form of investigative journalism, this audiobook is for you! I was initially drawn to this story because of Billy’s association with Michelle McNamarra in the amazing I’ll Be Gone in the Dark book from 2018. Billy worked closely with Michelle on her Golden State Killer case and after her death he was instrumental in helping to finish and get her book published.
In his new audiobook, Billy tells of how he developed a love of true crime and justice from an early age. he describes some pretty crazy bedtime stories of crimes and criminals that his dad used to share with him. Rather than scaring him, Billy pinpoints those early stories as instilling a fascination and hunger within himself to explore crime and those who commit it
Believe me when I say this is one of the most engaging, insightful audiobooks I’ve ever listened to! Billy goes in depth in how he uses crowdsourcing…think Facebook and Twitter…to catch criminals and it’s absolutely fascinating. The murder of Marcus Gaines that Billy worked on was not only sad and frustrating to hear but incredible in terms of how it turned out. This crowdsourcing feels to me very timely and tremendously important in terms of the possibilites it offers for solving more murders and finding more missing people. In fact, Billy’s discussion of the“digital posse” seemed so accurate for the future of crime and criminal justice.
Told with empathy, compassion and energy, Billy’s dedication and passion for truth and justice came through loud and clear. I highly recommend this audiobook!
Thanks to Allison Weber and Audible for my copy
9 thoughts on “Chase Darkness with Me by Billy Jensen: Audiobook Review”
This sounds great, Renee! I haven’t read or listened to any true crime in quite awhile. I’m going to add this one to my list for summer listening. So happy you found it for me.
It was so good Susie, I think if you’re in the mood for true crime it’s a great choice. Plus it was so informative about new ways of using social media to catch criminals
Great review, Renee. I also haven’t read any true crime books in a while. This case is only new to me. I will check it out when I get the chance.
Thanks Diana, I think you’d enjoy this one!
I really hope this comes out as a physical book, but I’ll definitely get to it as audiobook eventually if that’s the only format it’s available in. I’ve been listening to Jensen’s new podcast with Paul Holes, so I’d expect this to be good an either format. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it!
I think the physical book comes out this summer, Katie! I would highly recommend the audio if you can get ahold of it, it stinks it’s only available on Audible I believe.
Sounds great! I’m adding it 🙂
Great review 🙂
Ok I NEED to read this!! True crime/ investigate journam are my jam!
then you’ll definitely enjoy this Tina!! I learned a lot and he’s a great audio narrator