Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
In The Night Swim, a new thriller from Megan Goldin, author of the “gripping and unforgettable” (Harlen Coben) The Escape Room, a true crime podcast host covering a controversial trial finds herself drawn deep into a small town’s dark past and a brutal crime that took place there years before.
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?
About: The Night Swim is a mystery thriller written by Megan Goldin. It will be published on 8/4/2020 by St. Martin’s Press, paperback, 352 pages. The genres are mystery, thriller, and fiction. The author’s debut was The Escape Room. According to Macmillan’s website, “St. Martin’s Press has a long and respected history of publishing a solid and varied list. We are dedicated to publishing emerging new authors, and offering a fresh perspective on classic genres, while maintaining a diverse and interesting range of books.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Night Swim on 7/19/2020 and finished it on 7/23/2020. This book was a suspenseful read! I have never tried podcast and I’m glad I got to know about it in this story. I liked Rachel’s discussion about rape and how women are often were blamed for it. The detailed story was so vivid that it seemed to draw a picture to readers. It was easy for me to imagine the steps leading up to what Kelly went through as well as Hannah and Jenny. I can imagine what the boys felt like in their abilities to conquer the world. It also reminded readers how girls can be mean to other girls over a boy. A book with a good lesson to take away.
This book started with Hannah, 9, told in the first person point of view about how police came to break the news to her mom that her sister Jenny, 16 was dead. She kept silent for 25 years about what she knew until now. The second view was Rachel, told in the third person point of view. She’s an investigative journalist/reporter hosting a true crime podcast of Guilty or Not Guilty where she help solve cold cases and release those who had been wrongfully accused. Rachel arrived at Neapolis to cover a rape trial for her third season of podcast when she received a letter from Hannah asking her to help solve her sister Jenny’s death. The views were between Rachel and the podcast in the present day whereas Hannah’s view was a recount about what happened 25 years ago via letter.
The Night Swim was well written. Two mysteries going parallel the entire book, with one slowly revealing the details and one being investigated. I liked reading Hannah’s sister’s mystery a little bit more. If I haven’t served as juror, I would’ve loved reading and following the progress of the whole trial. Both cases; however, were equally pulling at my emotions. I dislike those entitled boys so much. It’s so sad how a nice girl could ended up hurting like that. And she didn’t even taunted them. Just like Kelly, minding her own business but still targeted. Some twists at the end were unexpected. I loved the ending, at least justice was served. I recommend everyone to read this book!
Pro: fast paced, page turner, mystery, podcast, investigation
Trigger warning: rape
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Megan Goldin worked as a correspondent for Reuters and other media outlets where she covered war, peace, international terrorism and financial meltdowns in the Middle East and Asia. She is now based in Melbourne, Australia where she raises three sons and is a foster mum to Labrador puppies learning to be guide dogs. THE ESCAPE ROOM is her debut novel. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).