In this new thriller from the author of The Escape Room, a podcast host covering a controversial trial in a small town becomes obsessed with a brutal crime that took place there years before.
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?
Megan Goldin has done it again! I loved her book from last year, The Escape Room, so when I saw she was coming out with a new book I knew I had to read it. It did not disappoint.
For all you podcast lovers, you’ll enjoy this one. Main character Rachel Krall is true crime podcaster in town covering a rape trial. She starts receiving letters from a girl named Hannah begging her to look into her sister’s death. Hannah grew up in Neapolis years ago. Her older sister drowned, but she’s convinced Jenny was murdered. Thus begins another mystery to solve.
The chapters begin to alternate between Rachel and Hannah. I loved this because we get Hannah’s backstory leading up to Jenny’s death. So now the reader, you and I, are invested in solving two crimes! What really happened to Jenny that summer and what happened to Kelly after she was locked out of her so called friends party?!
I’ll tell you that I didn’t see some of the twists coming. Just when you think the story is going one way, it turns and goes the opposite way! Parts of Hannah’s story about her and Jenny growing up were hard to read. The author didn’t have to say what happened to Jenny at certain points, you just knew. It made me nauseous and annoyed. Annoyed at how fast the rumors spread, how Jenny’s reputation was ruined because of events that were out of her control. If you like knowing about triggers before you read a book, I will say that rape is one of the biggest ones in this book.
With that said, once I started this book I could not put it down! I didn’t think Megan Goldin could top The Escape Room from last year, but she did! This story has everything I love in a book, and I’m starting to become more and more curious about podcasts. Podcasts are starting to become very popular in books this year, and I’m here for it.
Don’t miss out and grab your copy August 4, 2020! Thank you St. Martin’s Press and Megan Goldin for this ARC!
Book Rating: 5/5
For the grand finale this would pair nicely with a Cháteau De Santenay which is a nice Pinot Noir.