Look What You Made Me Do, Fathers Who Kill by Australian author Megan Norris is an incredibly moving, difficult and heart-wrenching non-fiction true crime story. Originally published in 2015, an updated version and reprint was released July 2023.
Trigger Warning: Graphic reports of physical violence and homicide may disturb readers. But, while telling these stories the author has shown admirable discretion and respect for victim’s and reader’s sensitivities to tell what needs to be told objectively and factually.
For over forty years in news, Megan Norris has personal experience with victims of horrific crimes during her time as a court reporter and crime writer. The author recounts the events of nine families who have been victims of domestic abuse and the murders of children at the hands of their fathers, all for revenge.
Each case starts from the beginning of the relationship through its entirety, incidents and events leading to the crime, court proceedings and the aftermath the victim suffers.
Norris has done a beautiful job of sharing the most horrifying and heartbreaking experiences that a person can have in this life. She treats this explosive subject with great empathy and compassion as she narrates the profound impact abuse has had on these women. The story is an important one, showing the true struggle that battered women fight every single day.
As a domestic violence survivor, this story really hit home for me. I found myself walking in the victims’ shoes. I felt their fear and frustrations, and I grieved over their loss. A ‘normal’ family can hide harsh realities within the home. Domestic abuse can lie hidden in plain sight, and it most often does. Women find themselves trapped in a vicious cycle and they normalize pain and agony.
This is not a story to read for pleasure. It is an educational read: a story that begged to be told and one that has the potential to save those who find themselves in abusive relationships. It also has the potential, if only the right people will read it and pay careful attention, to drive urgently needed reforms in the legal system; to educate police, lawyers, judges, and bureaucrats to understand domestic violence and to listen to and believe the victims and find effective and just ways to protect them from perpetrators.
Although victims never think they will make it, the ones that do become survivors, determined to help other victims live through their ordeal, and restore peace and hope where there had been none for so long. I am grateful and commend the women and families for their courage in sharing their personal stories.
Look What You Made Me Do, Fathers Who Kill will keep readers engaged and reading from the very first words all the way through the very last page. I applaud Megan Norris for sharing her insight with readers. I highly recommend it to those who like true crime.
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A selection of our Beauty and Lace Club members are reading Look What You Made Me Do, Fathers Who Kill by Megan Norris. You can read their comments below, or add your own review.
My love of books started at a very young age. My mum has always been a reader and encouraged me to read, buying me endless book from classic fairy tales advancing to the world of Enid Blyton, CS Lewis, Louisa May Alcott, Kathryn Kenny, Carolyn Keene, Francine Pascal. In my adult years the list of authors is endless and every room in my house is filled with books.
One of my favourite novels is Narnia which has always has a special place in my heart. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 1978 and when I was given this book to read it let me escape to another world where I felt like I was in the book with all the characters, it wasfun and exciting to escape from reality and eased the ups and downs of the disease at such a young age.
In books nothing is impossible and there is endless potential and hundreds of places to explore or being taken to places that are only made up from the authors’ great minds, the past and future to navigate, characters lives you step into taking you on an emotional rollercoaster ride or being scared out of your wits. I can experience things that I can’t in real life because they’re not possible or real. It challenges my perspective and mindset expanding my worldview.
I find joy, comfort and peace with books, many people may not get it, but I know bookworms like me truly understand. Reading makes my heart happy.