The Night Swim by Megan Goldin
Review by Kelly Lacey
Rachel Krall is a popular podcaster who has managed to keep her identity private. However, as she drives to the small town of Neapolis to cover a rape trial. Someone definitely knows who and where she is as a note appears on her windshield. Is this an enemy or a true cry for help?
The book has everything from thrilling moments, great storytelling, courtroom scenes, fragility and brutal moments. It is one of those books that you can’t say too much in case of spoilers which I do not like.
The underline premise is really what happens once someone utters the words ‘I have been raped’. From the trip to the hospital for a rape kit to having to relive the horror over and over again in court. Murderers go through far less.
In this case, it is Kelly’s word against Scott;’s. As Rachel reports the case for her podcast we get to ghost alongside her. But with this mystery person stalking her and making things uneasy. Rachels’s attention gets distracted by something that may or may not have happened in the summer of 92’.
It is the definition of a page-turner but also it leaves you better than you found it. I learned a lot more about rape cases and the process.
I can’t wait to read more by Megan Goldin and the Rachel Krall character. Having a crime podcast is just genius.
Perfect for fans of gritty books with a moral dilemma thrown in for good measure.
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 recognised 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 Swimasks: What is the price of a reputation? Can a small town ever right the wrongs of its past? And what really happened to Jenny?
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