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Cultural Aesthetics eO the point I couldn tven finish itLet me xplain I thought I was getting 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 gladly 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 nough that i stopped reading itIf you are looking for a factual true crime novel this isn t me off nough that i stopped reading itIf you are looking for a factual true crime novel this isn t Instead it s using the hype of a popular mystery for an author to tell his own story I don t recommend it 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 missing persons investigationI think many people who begin this book me will have at least some idea how this case nds in a sense We know generally 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 High Tide at Midnight 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 generally agree with that assertion but I still had trouble getting on board with this book I don t really think it accomplishes what it set out to do I m not going to spoiler tag this piece of information because I feel like at this point it s common knowledge but there s no realvidence of any foul play in the case of Elisa Lam There was a TON of speculation which Anderson pours over in detail ven the completely batshit stuff But the uestion becomes of speculation which Anderson pours over in detail ven the completely batshit stuff But the uestion becomes you write an Deceptive Beauties effective True Crime book if there was in fact no crim. 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 theerie levator 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'. .
I live in Los Angeles and have Been Following The Elisa Lam Story From following the Elisa Lam story from beginning I was so xcited that someone finally wrote a book about it Gone at Midnight really digs deep into the case and uncovers previously unknown information This is a great read for anyone interested in this case Gone at Midnight by Jake Anderson is the book that covers verything concerning the mysterious death of Elisa Lam based on the information available in the public domain And this is what I xpect from a true crime book Note that if you are already aware of all And this is what I xpect from a true crime book Note that if you are already aware of all 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 homicide and paranormal activity Given fact that officially there is no proof of a crime being committed in this case speculations is the most one can do He ven goes 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 Forgery, Replica, Fiction expertise to point out various paranormal angles related to the case and the CecilMany a timesspecially when talking about the history of the Cecil or the history of the 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 nough 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 xtra topicsThanks to the author and the publisher for the ARCVerdict One time read Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this book I was so Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life excited to get this title and immediately started reading it Alas I was soon disappointed 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 guests of foul smelling tap water led to a grim discovery Elisa's nude body floating in a rooftop water tank in an areaxt. E I m not so sure and Gone at Midnight didn t do much to change that impressionSome of the best books in this genre are ones where the author is Escape embedded in the story Theyither have a role in the investigation or are somehow connected with the people and The Empty Chair events being investigated The booknds up being a natural xtension 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 lements like drones and tracking dogs which the police did not use in this case He gives credence to the idea that there was some kind of paranormal interventionie ghosts 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 give 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 xploitative uality I can t uite ignore Anderson talks a lot about his own mental health specially 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. S revealing online Journals And Social Media and social media 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 Award-Winning Books for Children and Young Adults, 1990-1991 epidemics Along the way hexposed 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 Keeper of the Doves eye opening discoveries about who Elisa Lam really was and what or whom she was running from and presents shocking newvidence that may re open one of the most chilling and obsessively followed true crime cases of the centu. .