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Centered around the death of 21 year old Elisa Lam a Canadian student visiting Los Angeles who seemingly disappeared from the Cecil Hotel on January 31 2013 Jake Anderson relives the utter fascination both he and the public at large had with the strange circumstances surrounding this missing persons investigationI think many people who begin this book like me will have at least some idea how this case ends in a sense We know enerally what happened to Elisa Lam so is there a point in reading in detail what befell a young woman with her whole life ahead of her Here Anderson is attempting to make the case that there is value in examining not only her life and death but the way we as a true crime obsessed society respond to the loss of a very real personI would Snow Monsters Do Drink Hot Chocolate (The Bailey School Kids Junior Chapter Book, generally agree with that assertion but I still had troubleetting on board with this book I don t really think it accomplishes what it set out to do I m not Taras Song going to spoiler tag this piece of information because I feel like at this point it s common knowledge but there s no real evidence of any foul play in the case of Elisa Lam There was a TON of speculation which Anderson pours over in detail even the completely batshit stuff But the uestion becomes Can you write an effective True Crime book if there was in fact no crime I m not so sure and Gone at Midnight didn t do much to change that impressionSome of the best books in thisenre are ones where the author is embedded in the story They either have a role in the investigation or are somehow connected with the people and events being investigated The book ends up being a natural extension of their involvement and this is a distinction I wanted to make with Anderson He may personally feel as though he s a part of Elisa s case but he is not Countless people all over the world are drawn to particular crimes some to the victims themselves This doesn t mean they have of a claim on writing about them at length Anderson desperately wants to be on the inside of this investigation and clearly deeply identifies with Elisa but the narrative he s trying to weave here falls short because in part he s outside of itTo make up for the lack of facts he has to present the audience Anderson seems to wander off on several tangents that have little to do with his chosen subject Other infamous crimes are recounted to spice up a chapter or two He fixates on elements like drones and tracking dogs which the police did not use in this case He Atlas of Anatomy gives credence to the idea that there was some kind of paranormal interventioniehosts It makes him all the difficult to take seriously He also has a petty disdain for the police and investigators in this case seemingly put off because they wouldn t ive him a total stranger access to sensitive information about a woman s deathI just didn t care for this book I wouldn t say it s malicious in its intent just there s an exploitative uality I can t uite ignore Anderson talks a lot about his own mental health especially whilst reading Lam s social media posts where she references her own Perhaps he could have used a similar platform to compare his own struggles with hers instead of trying to commodify it Thanks to Kensington Books Netgalley for an advance copy First off everything involved with this case feels creepy to me which is a feeling that persisted while I read this bookHaving said that I can honestly say that I cannot remember the last time I read a book that held such potential only to fall apart almost from page 1The author is literally all over the place with this story He is in the past when the event happened then he oes even further back in time then he mixes the past with his current timeline then we are in a what if scenario that may never have happened and then we are in one of his dreams and I found myself completely confusedHe also went off on tangents all the time Early in the book he explains the involvement of k 9s during the search which uickly turns into a way too long history on the use of k 9 dogs in criminal cases Then he wanders off topic when he starts talking again in too much detail about serial killer Ramirez Yes there is some pertinence to him talking about Ramirez because he stayed at the Cecil at some point wayyyyy before Elisa Lam was there but all of the detailed backstory on this murderer is not necessary If I want to read about him and his crimes I can pick up another bookThe other issue I had is that the author kept intermingling his own personal issues with the case and with Elisa Yes I is that the author kept intermingling his own personal issues with the case and with Elisa Yes I that he was attracted to this case in part because of the shared mental illness that they both suffer from But wow there was way toooooo much information on the author and his personal life that frankly just removed from the story He could have simply spent a paragraph explaining the shared illness and moved on But it was pages and pages of I am dreaming I am losing it I am I am I am and none of this was necessary to the storyThe one thing that the author did very well is describe the hotel while actually staying there on two occasions He made the whole Cecil come alive with his descriptions and he managed to convey a real sense of dread and creepiness He could have written a whole book on the Cecil and I would have read itIn the end while the author did bring up a few unknown facts there isn t much he can do with them as absolutely nobody seems to want to investigate this further Perhaps there is a conspiracy but at. A Los Angeles hotel with a haunting history A missing young woman A disturbing video followed by a shocking discovery A cold case mystery that has become an internet phenomenon and for one determined journalist a life changing uest toward uncomfortable truthsTwenty one year old Vancouver student Elisa Lam was last heard from on January 31 2013 after she checked into downtown LA's Cecil Hotel a 600 room building with a nine decade history of scandal and tragedy The next day Elisa vanished A search of the hotel yielded nothing More than a week later complaints by Under Crescent and Cross guests of foul smelling tap water led to arim discovery Elisa's nude body floating in a rooftop water tank in an area ext. .



Gone at MidnightIs To the point that the Cecil becomes the 3rd part of the triangle too The result is extremely creepy uite beyond the physical damage uotient reality of that particular entity It s not the best title for this book At least 13rd of it is NOT just about Elisa Lam and her death case but about the history witness and ambiance of the Cecil Hotel in downtown Los Angeles Those chapters around chapter 7 and 8 were near to 5 star in their research and record There has been at least one death in every room of 600 rooms Most are suicides and many are leapers But the building is also on its 14 plus floors a crime cartel hub with nearly constant assaults and robberies occurring It is also on its highest floors long term Section 8 type and deposit housing It has since changed its name and owners Now called the Stay on Main DON T You won t believe the basement deposits for mattresses etc UGHAnother 13rd of the book centers on Elisa and her last days including the famous video I saw it once in that year the week after they found her body and also just recently again on TV My opinion is that the entire video from the 14th floor elevator has been slowed down and at least 7 seconds out of every minute is off in speed I thought that from the first time I saw it before I ever read any word about Elisa Lam So does this author uess the same thing and that s one reason why the time codes are so distorted Who altered the video WhyThe other 13rd of the book comes in and out and is the worst in volatility for reading Sometimes it is a 4 and sometimes nearly a one star It does a dance around symptoms and medicines of mental illness conspiracy web sites and theories roups of fans of the video and websleuth witnesses and all kinds of other pertinent to our tech world when it smashes into real life crime It bridges paranormal Vamped (Vamped, greatly at times as well This was written the worst to clarity and for what extent it would pertain to the core of the death inuiry There are at least 2 chapters near the end that are 2 stars because they are written within mental states where the author has embedded himself in redefining and theories that are about his own present mental condition and perceptions than about the case Suffice it to say I admire Jake Anderson but his own estimations are not at all the same or logical ones Reading them also feels like circling arind wheel and being right back where you started He ends up living back at home again with his parents by the ending of this particular authorship Repeatedly this happens He was 35 and 36 years old when this book was writtenThe photos are Egomaniac good Especially upon the roof and tank arrangements She did NOT do that entry or lift those covers by herself I disagree with some of Jake s assumptions Also the witness who said the cover was open when he found the floating corpse was almost surely lying Getting paid off and disappearing is not new to the Cecil eitherWhat I truly liked was the 1 2 3 lines of possibles for each point in the crime In most cases and in the summation I am always with 3 She did NOTet herself in there I don t believe that at allRegardless you need IMMENSE patience to read this I don t believe that at allRegardless you need IMMENSE patience to read this need to begin to understand depression and mania And mixed states It is NOT "sadness as most fiction work tends you to " as most fiction work tends you to the crime itself was despicable And this woman was only 21 and I think only my opinion was crossing a bridge to schizophrenia That s the exact age it ets most full blown But regardless again it wasn t just herself That she lost her phone and did so much inappropriate stuff the days prior to this It made her an obvious target in such a placeI feel exactly like Jake sick to my stomach that they would have made that building entity a historic save property And I m also absolutely sure none of this would have Remained As Much A Mystery If That Entire Huge Sale as much a mystery if that entire huge sale t oing through the very day she died and those 2 days afterIf you are a person highly interested in eyes of being mentally ill and not just reading hearing about it then I recommend this book There is a lot TONS of bilge to The End of the Hunt get through torab the crux but there are points of perception in this that NAIL it Most of what you see on the video is a manifestation too and that is why it went so viral perhapsThis took at least twice as long as a book of this length to read for me You need to reread The ending becomes in parts a mindmeld of Jake in spiraling self analysis He sees thinks and feels much you might never deduce from the same criteria Most of it doesn t even belong in books like this Like his treatise length definitions or feelings of synchronicity Or his constant self analysis and making himself central to the placelocale itself This is uite unlike most books in this Rozvaliny Gorlanu (Hraničářův učeň, genre uite unlike Tangents are beyond weird too so much patience is needed to begin to follow continuity I read everything I could find on this case years ago It was intriguing and had uite a few unanswered uestions They were investigated and answered This book repeats all of this over and over and nothing is new The book is jumbled and can t stay on the timeline I wish he had focused on her mental illness aspect a bit I live in Los Angeles and have been following the Elisa Lam story from the beginning I was so excited that someone finally wrote a book about it Gone at Midnight really digs deep into the case and uncovers previously unknown information This is areat read for anyone interested in this cas. S revealing online journals and social media posts Anderson realized he shared in common with the young woman than he imagined His search for justice and truth became a personal journey a dangerous descent into one of America's uiet epidemics Along the way he exposed a botched investigation and previously unreported disclosures from inside sources who suggest there may have been a corporate conspiracy and a police cover up In Gone at Midnight Anderson chronicles eye opening discoveries about who Elisa Lam really was and what or whom she was running from and presents shocking new evidence that may re open one of the most chilling and obsessively followed true crime cases of the centu. ,

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This point he only brings up unanswered uestions with very few chances of ever Bikini getting an answer I am not even sure what he thinks happenedas there are so many back and forth theories involving so many different people and he is not really clear with what he thinks is the real storyUltimately this is a very sad book It never needed to happen any of it and Elisa would be back home living her life But it did happen and I do hope that her family and friends have managed to find some peaceAs for this book if you canet it at the library Facilitation Made Easy go for it otherwisenot so much In 2013 Elisa Lam was a 21 year old student who checked into a seedy ominous hotel in Los Angeles a hotel with a history of violence suicides and death and she never checked out What followed was probably the most bizarre investigation one in which Elisa Lam in her death has been elevated to cult like statusAfter Elisa went missing and police were notified there was a search of the hotel They could not find her It was as if she had just up and vanished A week later when tenants anduests began to complain about the odor and color of the tap water in their sinks and someone went onto the roof to look into the water tanks they discovered to their horror Elisa s naked body floating with her clothes beside her And this is truly when the mystery begins and still remains unsolved How did she Izmeklētājs. Būris get thereThe book Gone at Midnight chronicles Elisa Lam s movements as best as can be done both by eyewitness and social media posts the history of the Cecil Hotel where she stayed and was found dead a hotel where not one but two serial killers stayed an odd video which was mysteriously posted of Elisa in an elevator at the hotel which may be her last movements just before her disappearance a video which you can see on YouTube and if you areoing to read the book I suggest you view many conspiracy theories law enforcement suppression of evidence and lastly how mental illness may have played a roleUp to today although the coroner finally ruled the death accidental only after he first ruled it as inconclusive there are uestions than answers as to what happened to Elisa and how she ended up in a water tank on a roof e Gone at Midnight by Jake Anderson is the book that covers everything concerning the mysterious death of Elisa Lam based on the information available in the public domain And this is what I expect from a true crime book Note that if you are already aware of all the developments that had happened in the case this book has nothing new to offerHe covers the three most discussed theories in complete detail mental illness homicide and paranormal activity Given the fact that officially there is no proof of a crime being committed in this case speculations is the most one can do He even oes a step ahead when discussing the theories of mental illness and paranormal activity Jake uses his own medical history of mental illness to draw conclusions and uses his expertise to point out various paranormal angles related to the case and the CecilMany a times especially when talking About The History Of The Cecil Or The History Of the history of the Cecil or the history of police and coroner s departments the author mentions other serial killers or cases or proofs of negligence While this makes sense in order to understand the background delving deep into all that off topic stuff was like taking the spotlight away from the main case and the victim A casual mention would have been enough in my opinion it could also have acted like a hint The curious readers will then be aware of books or articles pertaining to those extra topicsThanks to the author and the publisher for the ARCVerdict One time read Elisa Lam s death was and still is one of my favorite unsolved mysteries I am very excited to see where the authors take this Goodreads Blog Pinterest LinkedIn YouTube Instagram 3 Stars It was interesting but very repetitive I skimmed through the second half to et to the end which was not satisfying I can t knock the author S Top Notch Writing Though Thank You To NetGalley And top notch writing though Thank you to NetGalley and publisher for allowing me to read this book I was so excited to Arnhem 1944 get this title and immediately started reading it Alas I was soon disappointed to the point I couldn t even finish itLet me explain I thought I wasetting a true crime book about the Elisa Lam case at the Cecil Hotel That s the blurb that caught me Had the book stuck with this case I would have ladly finished it Instead the author started injecting his life story into the book making it about himself than Elisa It felt as though he used her mysterious death to tell his own story and frankly that pissed me off enough "that i stopped reading itIf you are looking for a factual true " i stopped reading itIf you are looking for a factual true novel this isn t it Instead it s using the hype of a popular mystery for an author to tell his own story I don t recommend it This is a challenge Be patience Not only with the book but with me Because I finished nearly 2 days ago and am still positing a reaction Especially upon that rating above since it is closer to a 2 star than a 4 in at least 12 of its parts It s just this The ood parts are superb in their explanations and core eyes of mental illness That s why the 4 star overall raised from the 35 actual totalityJake Anderson has mental illness Elisa Lam had mental illness Not exactly the same but with many intersects and without my meds conditions So the eyes of the title case and the eyes of the author become embedded and entrenched in parts of th. Remely difficult to access without setting off alarms The only apparent clue was a disturbing surveillance video of Elisa uploaded to YouTube in hopes of public assistanceAs the eerie elevator video went viral so did the uestions of its tens of millions of viewers Was Elisa's death caused by murder suicide or paranormal activity Was it connected to the Cecil's sinister reputation And in that video what accounted for Elisa's strange behavior With the help of web sleuths and investigators from around the world journalist Jake Anderson set out to uncover the facts behind a death that had become a macabre internet meme as well as a magnet for conspiracy theoristsIn poring through Elisa'.