Review: CATCH AND KILL: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow (2019)

Rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: Adult Nonfiction
Year Release: 2019
Source: Library audiobook

Listened to the audiobook
Trigger warning for descriptions of sexual assault, rape, stalking, and gaslighting, and for audio from a sound bite of Harvey Weinstein propositioning someone

I had been glued to this audiobook from the very first minute. Told by the journalist himself who tried to break the Harvey Weinstein story, Farrow finds himself at odds with NBC and eventually followed by operatives of Black Cube to make sure he didn’t succeed.

Farrow expertly weaves together a narrative that not only covers . At times, it read more like a fiction thriller because of how many layers of deceit and cover-up there had been. It is outrageous and insidious in a way that cannot be crafted. The apparent integrity, however, keeps the story firmly grounded. So many risks had beent aken to get this story of decades of sexual predation out to the public. But it was the level of corruption and mutual cover-up which really got my blood curdling. The scope is nigh unfathomable, but Farrow takes the reader on an unforgettable and harrowing journey of investigative journalism.

The stories of harassment and assault, however, as handled with much necessary empathy and sensitivity. That being said, however, I would not recommend anyone read or listen to this book if that is a trigger.