In this new thriller from the author of The Escape Room, a podcast host covering a controversial trial in a small town becomes obsessed with a brutal crime that took place there years before.
After the first season of her true crime podcast became an overnight sensation and set an innocent man free, Rachel Krall is now a household name―and the last hope for thousands of people seeking justice. But she’s used to being recognized for her voice, not her face. Which makes it all the more unsettling when she finds a note on her car windshield, addressed to her, begging for help.
The small town of Neapolis is being torn apart by a devastating rape trial. The town’s golden boy, a swimmer destined for Olympic greatness, has been accused of raping a high school student, the beloved granddaughter of the police chief. Under pressure to make Season Three a success, Rachel throws herself into interviewing and investigating―but the mysterious letters keep showing up in unexpected places. Someone is following her, and she won’t stop until Rachel finds out what happened to her sister twenty-five years ago. Officially, Jenny Stills tragically drowned, but the letters insists she was murdered―and when Rachel starts asking questions, nobody seems to want to answer. The past and present start to collide as Rachel uncovers startling connections between the two cases that will change the course of the trial and the lives of everyone involved.
Electrifying and propulsive, The Night Swim asks: What is the price of a reputation? Can a small town ever right the wrongs of its past? And what really happened to Jenny?
Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Expected publication: August 4th 2020
The Night Swim by Megan Goldin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I just finished The Night Swim by Megan Goldin and I am so literally stunned right now. To say this is one of the best books I’ve read would be an understatement. This is a compelling story, heartbreaking and emotionally wrecking yet so brilliantly told that I couldn’t put it down. Two crimes, two stories – one in the present, one in the past but both equally traumatic and far reaching in its victims.
The Night Swim is told in dual narrative, one from true crime podcaster, Rachel, traveling to the small seaside town of Neapolis to cover the rape trial of the town’s golden boy and Hannah, the younger sister of Jenny Stills, murdered, she believes, 25 years ago. Ms. Goldin intertwined the two stories impeccably, leaving no stone unturned all while keeping the tension high and the suspense at nail-biting level.
The characters are amazingly well-layered and beautifully flawed. I was captivated in their telling of the story with all it’s brutality that shines a light on stories that need to be told; the message that it carries is a powerful one and one that will continue to divide people of all ages and genders.
The plot! Oh my! Small town secrets! I live in a small tourist town so a lot of what the author described hit home to me! There’s a lot of truth there, it’s fiction yes, but truth as well. What lengths will some go to in order to protect their reputation? Those of someone they love? Just how far does the ‘Good Ole’ Boy’ club go? Rachel digs deep and puts herself in some perilous situations to get to the truth and isn’t easily intimidated.
The Night Swim is an outstanding book and I have high hopes that this could be a series and if it is, it’s one that I will not only faithfully read but will look forward to.
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