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The Night Swim by Megan Goldin – ARC Review

July 25, 2020

The Night Swim

Author: Megan Goldin

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Release date: August 4th, 2020

Pages: 352

Genre: Suspense, Thriller

Rating: ★★★★1/2

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Synopsis

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?

Why did I choose to read The Night Swim?

Yes, I know. Another book about podcasting. The last book I reviewed, The Kids Are Gonna Ask, is also about producing a podcast.

BUT The Night Swim is a completely different story. While The Kids Are Gonna Ask is a light, fun read, The Night Swim is a suspense story involving a present-day rape trial, a 25-year-old murder of a young girl and a town who would do anything to forget the past.

The Night Swim is truly my kind of story and I couldn’t wait to read it and review it! Keep reading to find out why I gave it four-and-a-half stars!

What did I think of The Night Swim?

The Night Swim is the perfect dose of legal suspense, murder-solving investigative work and ominous feelings. It was a great read and I give it 4 ½ stars!

The Night Swim follows Rachel, an investigative journalist, as she works on the third season of her hit Podcast, Guilty or Not Guilty. Rachel is in Neapolis, a small coastal town, to cover a rape trial for her listeners. However, she begins concurrently investigating the suspicious death of a teen girl in the nineties, after receiving mysterious letters from the girl’s sister.

I really liked the way the story was told. The main narrator is, of course, Rachel, who we follow as she works on covering the rape trial of Scott Blair for her podcast. But we also get inside the mind of Hannah Stills, the sister of Jenny Stills, who died under suspicious circumstances 25 years ago, when Rachel receives letters from Hannah.

Hannah tells the story of what happened the summer Jenny died in bits and pieces, giving Rachel some time to investigate on her own in between each mysterious letter. I love how the author builds up tension as we get closer to finding out what happened to Jenny through Hannah’s memories.

At the same time, the trial is happening and we are kept in the loop via Rachel’s podcast episodes, scattered throughout the story. The transition between the different point of views is flawless and kept me hooked. Every time I told myself “Just one more chapter…”, I ended up reading three more. Did I mention this book was hard to put down? Because it was!

I loved how our heroine is all work and no play. No distractions, just her investigation and her interviews. I haven’t read many novels where there are so few relationships mixing up with the story. Really, the only constant human connection Rachel has throughout the whole story is with her producer. And I didn’t mind at all!

The only “negative” thing I can say is that a few of the big twists were easy to see coming. Still, I enjoyed The Night Swim and I recommend it 100%!

I will be sure to pick up other books by Megan Goldin, and I’m crossing my fingers this one will have a sequel!

What do you think? Will you be picking up The Night Swim by Megan Goldin? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time!

Melanie

 

The Night Swim by Megan Goldin is an impossible-to-put-down, page-turner of a suspense novel! Rachel is in town to cover the rape trial of the town's golden boy, but mysterious letters distract her from her work. A woman is asking her to look into the suspicious death of a young girl in the nineties. What really happened to Jenny Stills all those summers ago, and who tried to cover it up? A must read!
The Night Swim by Megan Goldin is an impossible-to-put-down, page-turner of a suspense novel! Rachel is in town to cover the rape trial of the town's golden boy, but mysterious letters distract her from her work. A woman is asking her to look into the suspicious death of a young girl in the nineties. What really happened to Jenny Stills all those summers ago, and who tried to cover it up? A must read!

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