A review by katieoreads
Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators, by Ronan Farrow

5.0

“I was becoming inured to people contorting their bodies into the shapes of gears for Harvey Winestein’s machine.”

If you read CATCH AND KILL by Ronan Farrow, be prepared to read with your rage face on. Farrow’s investigation highlights the lengths and dramatic measures that people and institutions took to protect predators in power (like Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer), and it was so compelling I finished in one weekend. I didn’t know much about Ronan Farrow prior to reading this, but now I’m a giant fan and went back to watch the various interviews he referenced. I appreciated how his personal experiences made him uniquely suited to help bring this story to light despite all the road blocks he hit (his sister, Dylan, accused their father Woody Allen of sexual assault in 1992). Just this week, Ronan left his CATCH AND KILL publisher, Hachette Book Group, and employees staged a walkout when the company acquired Woody Allen’s memoir (Hachette has since dropped the book).

I so admire the women who mustered extreme courage—and risked their livelihoods—to speak out to protect others in the face of scary, powerful people and threats.

I flew through this book, but Farrow humbled me a bit. I had to stop and look up the following words I didn’t know: deimatic, insouciant, usurious, tony, scherzo, syzygy, and anodyne.