... a must-read exposé that provides an in-depth look into the time line of events and the numerous adults who should have prevented these crimes ... While the Nassar story is difficult to relive, the authors do a masterful job bringing into context the decades-long abuse. This serves as a tribute to the courageous young women who confronted their predator and exposed a corrupt system, and it also provides a stark reminder to believe victims, no matter what the cost.
... the most comprehensive account of the scandal to date, including a biographical portrait of Nassar and an in-depth investigation of the safety nets that failed to protect the young gymnasts in his care. Several survivors have released deeply affecting memoirs; theirs and others’ stories are included along with thorough research that reveals exactly how a dangerous predator went undetected for so long. From the first accusations by frightened victims to the moment of vindication in a Michigan courtroom, this is the definitive history of the case ... The authors’ exhaustive research and relentless pursuit of the truth create an unsettling and stark record of the abuse scandal that sent shockwaves across America and which continues to resonate deeply.
While [recent] accounts provide urgent reading about the massive sex abuse scandal, this one features reporting so deep, broad, and incisive that it is unlikely to be surpassed ... The graphic evidence and the attitudes of the enablers are almost certain to produce rage among readers, but the book is a must-read 'about power and control' ... The go-to book about a horrific series of crimes.
Foregrounding several women who finally brought charges, Barr and Murphy vividly convey the sense of confusion and helplessness that beset victims as their claims met with patronizing disbelief, sometimes from their own parents. The result is a searing indictment of a child molester and the culture of silence and submission that abetted him.