Title: The Night Swim
Author: Megan Goldin
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: August 4, 2020
Page Length: 352
Age Range: Adult
Rating: 4 ⭐
Goodreads Synopsis: 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?
Content Warning: rape, gang rape, sexual assault, violence, murder, reliving traumatic events (rape) in court room setting, PTSD, violence against women, trauma, suicide attempts, suicide, and death of a loved one.
Thanks to Edelweiss and St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. This review is based on the finished copy.
I haven’t been into court room/detective based books in a very long time. I think I was over saturated with them, which is why at first I wouldn’t have grabbed this. What made me grab it, and request an arc for it, was for the podcast element. I’m so glad I did!
This book is written in duel perspectives, plus the podcast segments. We get chapters from Rachel in the present and Hannah in the past. In the present day Rachel is covering a rape trial and being followed by Hannah insisting that Rachel needs to solve what happened to her sister (Jenny), while in the past we are discovering what happened to Jenny. As we read through the book we start to see connections between the two stories, but we are never exactly sure what it is (outside it happening in the same town). As Rachel gets closer to discovering the answers, and closer to the end of her coverage of the rape trial.
The twists and turns in this book were amazing! Yes, I had predicted some of them, but overall I loved how they were executed. I had wished there were more of the podcast, but I did like that the audiobook had it produced so it sounded exactly like a podcast.
Goldin writes compelling characters. I really enjoyed being in Rachel’s POV, but I wasn’t as fond of Hannah character. When we were in the past, the story was interesting, but Hannah as a character (both past and present) I wasn’t fond of. I didn’t agree with her methods of contacting Rachel and found her to be untrustworthy throughout the novel. However, her motives were honourable and made her actions make sense (for her character).
This is the first book I’ve read by Goldin and based on how well this story was written, and how much I enjoyed it, I will definitely be picking up more from her in the future. I think if you liked Sadie, but wanted it intended for adult audiences then I highly suggest this one – but keep in mind the amount of the podcast element is no where near as much as it was in Sadie.