A year on from the end of her marriage and seeking adventure, Barbara travels to Europe where she meets Michael, the charming Englishman with whom she falls desperately in love. The only problem is, he is married.
From Paris and Bordeaux, to the vineyards of South Australia and back to the romantic Cote D’Azur, she gradually comes to terms with the sacrifices she has had to make to reclaim her life and the romance she has always dreamed of.
Along the way, she learns that something as precious as love can never be taken for granted.
“A story to delight, inspire and amaze. . . You will find yourself pausing to reflect on the love you have, the loves that might have been, and how love is the ultimate driving force we all seek, because it simply makes us feel alive.” - Thomas Liddle, founding editor, Spectrum magazine, The Sydney Morning Herald
Barbara Harkness was born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1957. She left school at fifteen and travelled to Australia shortly after in 1974 and made it her home.
After successfully completing a Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication from the University of South Australia in 1990, she set up her own consultancy as a graphic designer, specializing in wine branding. This led to her founding the company JUST ADD WINE in 2000, which offered ‘off the shelf’ concepts. Yellow Tail, her first ever off the shelf concept, went on to create a storm in the USA and history in the Australian Wine Industry.
She handed the business over to her youngest son in 2010 to pursue her passion for painting.
She lives in Adelaide, South Australia, and is currently studying a Bachelor of Visual Arts degree at the Adelaide Central School of Art. Barbara maintains that her creativity is expressed in the way she lives life, and Sacrifice an affirmation to this fact.
Sacrifice is her first book...but it certainly may not be her last!
“I’ll Be Gone in the Dark will undoubtedly be stocked in the True Crime section, which is fine, but in so many ways it’s a brilliant genre-buster. It’s propulsive, can’t-stop-now reading, which makes it all too easy to ignore the clean and focused writing.
What readers need to know—what makes this book so special—is that it deals with two obsessions, one light and one dark. The Golden State Killer is the dark half; Michelle McNamara’s is the light half. It’s a journey into two minds, one sick and disordered, the other intelligent and determined. I loved this book.” —Stephen King
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.