I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Night Swim by Megan Goldin
Length: 9 hours and 59 minutes
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Published by St. Martin's Press on August 4, 2020
Narrator: Bailey Carr, January LaVoy, Samantha Desz
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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?
Here is what I thought
This is my first book by this author but I most certainly would like to try her other works!
Rachel is a podcaster and she talks about true crime and after her first successful season that helped an innocent man go free she becomes very popular. In trying to make her next season just as great she decides to take on a controversial trial although others were against her doing it. So she heads to a small town called Neapolis where the ‘golden boy’ swimmer who had his sights set on the olympics is accused of rape.
While on her way to the town she comes out to her car after stopping for something to eat and finds a note. This freaks Rachel out because she has done her best to make sure nobody knows who she is, so how did this person find her. Hannah is a woman who wants Rachel to find out what happened to her sister who drowned 25 years ago. Everyone said it was an accident but Hannah believes she was murdered. She just needs to know the truth.
Rachel isn’t sure at first what to do with Hanna as she won’t meet her but keeps leaving her notes about what she remembers from back then which of course brings Rachel in with her curiosity. Meanwhile she is also working on her podcast with what happened with the rape case.
Things begin to intertwine the more that Rachel digs into the past and learns more about the present case.
The Night Swim is told in two POV’s as we have present day with Rachel and then 25 years ago as Hannah remembers her sister and the things that happened leading up to her drowning. Then you also get the podcast that Rachel is doing on the rape case.
I really enjoyed the characters in this story and it was very easy to get wrapped up in their lives. Rachel likes to search for the truth with her podcast and then let the listener decides what they think. I also liked Hannah who has went her whole life wondering what really happened, not every believing that it was an accident, alway believing in her sister.
I really enjoyed this book! I think listening to these types where they have a podcast is really the best way! This one did such a great job of making it sound just like a podcast when those sections came on! It also has a really great mystery with a lot of great suspects and I had a hard figuring it out and was a bit surprised at the end. The podcast trial was very well done and showed both sides of what can happen when rape is involved.
I can see this book being sensitive to some because it deals with rape culture, small town politics, slut shaming and so enter at your own risk. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery/thriller.
There was three narrators for this novel, Bailey Carr, January LaVoy and Samantha Desz and I don’t think I have listened to any of them before but I really liked all three. There were sometimes when I thought they sounded a little to much alike but overall still a great narration.