“A blistering plot and crisp writing make The Night Swim an unputdownable read.” –Sarah Pekkanen, bestselling author of The Wife Between Us
In The Night Swim, a new thriller from Megan Goldin, author of the “gripping and unforgettable” (Harlan 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?
At the start of this outstanding thriller from Goldin (The Escape Room), Rachel Krall, the producer of the popular true crime podcast Guilty or Not Guilty, stops after a long drive at a diner near Neapolis, N.C., where she's planning to cover the high-profile trial of Scott Blair, an Olympic swimming contender accused of raping 16-year-old Kelly Moore. After leaving the diner, Rachel finds a note on her car from a woman named Hannah, who wants her help in proving that Hannah's older sister, Jenny Stiles, then 16, didn't accidently drown 25 years ago, as was ruled, but was murdered. Despite the time-consuming Blair trial, Rachel is intrigued by the cold case. Hannah continues to leave Rachel cryptic notes, but refuses to meet in person. Rachel's suspenseful and insightful investigation into Scott and Kelly's families eventually leads to answers about Jenny's fate. Goldin casts a searing light on small-town politics and how bias can affect the way people view rape victims and their alleged assailants. 150,000-copy announced first printing.
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Love love love this book! Goldin has a knack for seamlessly alternating perspectives between Rachel and Hannah. The twist bringing both stories together was nothing short of brilliant. I’m excited for this author to publish more books, I will definitely be reading them!
I don’t know why this book had some good reviews. Incredibly repetitive, slow, and a waste of my time. The writing is juvenile.
Wow, wow, wow!!!!! This is definitely going in my top ten favorite books of all the year list. It was just that good. This is my first book by Megan Goldin and boy she sure didn’t disappoint with this one.
This book was about a Podcaster named Rachel who covers the trial of rape. The victim and the alleged rapists were both young so was it really a case of rape. Rachel was also receiving notes everywhere she went about another rape from many years earlier. What did both these rapes have in common? Were they really rapes? Were they just one night passions of regrets? You find these answers and many more by the end of the book.
I want to start off by saying that I would definitely not pass this book up. I’m in awe at how well written this book was especially when you are covering the topic of rape. You have to be very sensitive and this author does that throughout the book. She really made you feel what the victim felt and how awful a rape can be even when it’s over. So with that being said this book is not for the faint hearted. I really loved the fact that this was a courtroom drama as well. I haven’t read one of those books in a while and realized how much I missed them. I’ve missed the ins and out of the courtroom. I also missed hearing both sides of the story not just one. I’ve always loved the You Be The Jury books when I was a kid and this reminded me of those. My favorite part of the book though was that shocking ending. I didn’t see that one coming at all. I thought it was going one way but then it went straight into a different direction. I absolutely loved that and the whole book in general.
Between the plot, characters and all the twists in this book it made it an easy and fast read. I would definitely recommend it and happily give it 5 Hearts❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️