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?
I’ve had The Night Swim on my radar since I saw the cover and it was picked as a Book of the Month pick in 2020. I finally decided to dive into my neglected NetGalley ARC and found myself really enjoying the well-crafted thriller.
I struggled with the rating, it went between a 4 and 5 because I had a hard time connecting with the courtroom thriller aspects of the novel. However, the writing, the characters, and the twists made this closer to a 5-star thriller for me. I will be reading more from Megan Goldin soon!
The novel follows two different mysteries, a current rape trial and a cold case both from the same small town. I found each of the storylines interesting and felt that Goldin did a good job of fleshing out both of them. I was more interested in the cold case storyline but still enjoyed both of them.
The novel was really hard to read because of the subject matter. It deals with rape, the trauma of it, and discusses rape culture and blaming the victim. While it was hard to read I think it was an important topic to talk about and Goldin tackles the hard-to-read-about issue in a respectful and informative way.
I recommend checking out this well-done 2020 thriller. It was a good and intense read.
4.5 Stars Out of 5 Stars.