The Night Swim by Megan Goldin
Published: August 4 ,2020
Hardcover, 344 pages
(Thanks to Netgalley & St. Martin’s Press, I received an eARC)
GOODREADS RATING: 4/5 STARS
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’m a huge fan of books that jump from past to present, if done in a cohesive way. This book did that even better than I could have imagined. The fact that one of the main characters is a true crime Podcaster makes this book so relevant.
I thought Rachel was a very relatable character, especially this day in age. Everyone is so interested in true crime and she has her own podcast. Seeing her unravel all these mysterious happening in this town was a roller-coaster rider.
I loved that there were so many ways this book brought every storyline together so well. The secrets within this small town were just so realistic to me. I highly recommend this one if you are a fan of psychological thrillers that include an extra touch of media.