Title: The Night Swim
Author: Megan Goldin
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publish Date: August 4, 2020
Genre: Mystery Thriller
My Rating: 5/5
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?
Rachel has a successful true crime podcast. She has helped set an innocent man free, and now needs to keep her listeners interested. She takes on reporting about an active trial. It’s a controversial rape trial that has a small town divided and national attention on them. While in town to report on the trial, someone contacts Rachel about a previous crime from 25 years earlier. Rachel does her podcast about the current trial, but the past crime has her intrigued.
Rachel is a fantastic protagonist. She’s smart, driven, and determined. Both the present and past mysteries are intriguing, and told in a captivating way. The current trial is a controversial one, but Rachel does a decent job of presenting both sides. As for the older crime, it seems no one in town wants to talk about the girl involved, which makes it even more interesting to Rachel. She continues to work on both cases, and learns details that shed light on both the past and present.
An intense thriller that kept me turning the pages. A great novel for fans of mysteries featuring podcasts and courtroom dramas. Complex, mysterious, and gripping.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.