Beyond All Reason Review

Publication Date : July 26, 1995

In 1994, a woman named Susan Smith drowned her two sons deep into a lake near their neighborhood. Beyond All Reason is the account of her husband at the time, David Smith. A dad who lost his two sons and had to deal with a wife that was also the murderer of his children.


One thing first. I have always had a soft spot for crime-story, which is conflicting, actually. Because if I told you I loved this book, wouldn’t that make me sound like a monster who enjoys a story of a mother slaying her own offspring? And if told you otherwise, that would also be phony of me, because I just, never, not enjoy a crime book.

So I’d rather not to go there for this book. All you need to know is, Susan Smith. Remember that name. And remember the unimaginable crime she’s committed.

The case of Susan Smith drowning her children was open and shut. She confessed her crime, and has been serving for 25 years out of her 30 year verdict today. So, there’s nothing really mysterious about this harrowing story. Thus instead, this book portrays a shot of what David and Susan’s marriage was like, and while also recounting those heart-breaking days when David was waiting for his supposedly kidnapped kids to be found. Only for him to find, 12 days later, that his children had been dead all along.

According to David, Susan Smith successfully hired a shark lawyer, which managed to let her slip from the electric chair. This lawyer painted Susan as a victim herself with a dad who took his own life, and a stepdad who had molested her for years. Through Beyond All Reason, David only wants to stress out that people should not forget that the ones who died was not Susan who still can write a letter 20 something years later. The victims who were cold-bloodedly murdered were his children, Michael at 3, and Alex at 14 mo.

Ultimately, this is a disturbing and traumatic story that no wonder thousands of people have symphatized with David, and have sent uplifting letters to him. A handful of these stirring letters are attached at the end of the book which sort of gives a heartwarming note in the middle of the distressing tragedy.

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  1. Since I am recovering from my injury I am trying to keep my reads light. But I confess, I too would read this book. I always enjoy reading your writing.

  2. This sounds like a fascinating read. I understand what you mean when you say you have a soft-spot for crime stories. I feel the same way, and I do have to remind my friends that I’m not trying to romanticise violence or negativity quite a few times.

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