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The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

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Book Summary

Ever since her true-crime podcast became an overnight sensation and set an innocent man free, Rachel Krall has become a household name—and the last hope for 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 new season of Rachel’s podcast has brought her to a small town being torn apart by a devastating rape trial. A local golden boy, a swimmer destined for Olympic greatness, has been accused of raping the beloved granddaughter of the police chief. Under pressure to make Season 3 a success, Rachel throws herself into her investigation—but the mysterious letters keep coming. 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 insist she was murdered—and when Rachel starts asking questions, nobody in town wants to answer. The past and present start to collide as Rachel uncovers startling connections between the two cases—and a revelation 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?


Condition: New

Hardcover, Published August 4, 2020 by St. Martin’s Press

ISBN: 9781250219688


3 reviews for The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

  1. Chandra

    Phew! This book is riveting and so very raw. For those who read The Escape Room last year by the same author, expect something very different with this read. This isn’t a pulse pounding, fast paced thriller. This is a very heavy and character driven novel touching on the important topic of rape culture.

    I’m not a podcast person but this book definitely makes me curious to possibly trying one. I enjoyed the podcast transcripts throughout this read (ok, so if podcasts were written, I’d probably read them but still not listen? Haha – it’s so hard to say). I also enjoyed the dual timeline and different POVs. We certainly get an in depth look at rape culture and how different (but also the same) it is throughout the years. It was certainly infuriating to get through some of the moments in these pages.

    “To tell you the truth, I don’t get how we can almost unanimously agree that murder is wrong, yet when it comes to rape some people still see shades of gray.”

    Goldin is clearly a very talented author. I love that the two books I’ve read so far from her are so very different. I’ll certainly be getting The Girl in Kellers Way and keeping an eye out for her next read. I think she handled a very sensitive topic with respect and gave voice to her characters.
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  2. Olivia F.

    Although I love watching shows like Law & Order, I wouldn’t classify legal thrillers as one of my favorite types of thrillers to read. I tend to gravitate more toward a domestic or psychological thriller book. However, this book took me by surprise. Based on the summary, I honestly did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did. It does touch on sensitive topics (ie.rape) but overall I enjoyed this book. I thought it had a very strong plot and was well-written. I’d recommend especially for fans of legal thrillers!

  3. KC

    I enjoyed the Escape Room (4/5) by this author so I was very excited to read this one. Fans of Escape Room will not be disappointed. Similar to Escape Room this is a page turner, the story centers around Rachel a podcaster, and her experiences in covering a rape trial. While covering the trial she finds herself researching events that occurred 20 years prior. I enjoyed the pacing in this book, and the alternating timelines of the trial today and previous events that had taken place in a small town. I’m usually not a fan of books that center solely on a trial, but the alternating timeline kept me interested. This is not an easy read, because a lot of the book discusses sexual assault and rape. Certain portions of the book almost left me in tears. I thought Ms. Goldin did a wonderful job at bringing awareness to how much rape victims truly suffer not just during the experience, but after as well. I would recommend this book to those who liked her previous book and those who enjoy trial and podcast centered books.

    I think Ms Goldin just has an amazing range, and I think its really cool how different her two books are. I am really looking forward to the next one.

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