The Night Swim

The Night Swim

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"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. 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?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Wheeler Pub Inc 2020
ISBN: 9781432884109
Branch Call Number: 813.0000


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Nov 23, 2020

This story was interesting and fast paced. I was truly interested to see how the characters ended up. The ending was satisfying and surprising. It is a great truth about how rape victims are treated in the community and by the courts.

Nov 19, 2020

Compelling thriller.

Nov 07, 2020

What a chilling tale.
Rape is a subject that tears me down to bits. This one gave me creeps and shivers.
Beautifully penned character-driver mystery. Wonderful work!

Oct 16, 2020

As others have mentioned it's a story within a story and the two storylines tie together well. Well written without being unnecessarily padded chapters. I'll look for books by this author again.

LoganLib_Phoebe Sep 15, 2020

A gripping pageturner that intertwines the stories of a murder (?) in the past and a rape trial in the present. Rachel Krall, true crime podcaster, is focused on the trial for Series 3 of her successful podcast but somebody wants her to follow up on the mystery of the past and she can't resist. Even if it means putting her own life on the line...

Sep 14, 2020

The Night Swim by Megan Goldin is an intriguing story within a story. Rachel Krall is starting the third season of her true crime podcast and she will be investigating and reporting on a rape trial in Neopolis. The granddaughter of the former police chief has accused one of the town’s golden boys of rape. Rachel soon starts receiving letters from an unknown sender, asking her to investigate the death of another teenager, Jenny Stills, who had drowned twenty-five years ago. Her death had been judged to be accidental but it might have been murder. Rachel, as a journalist and investigator, now has two cases on her plate and she will need to find out what really happened to these two young women. Everyone in town seems tight-lipped and uncooperative and details are obscure. The Night Swim deals with a taboo crime where the victim is often held responsible for her attack, instead of her attacker. This thriller addresses a subject that often does not see the light of day. Highly recommended. Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest opinion.

Aug 06, 2020

I thought I was reading just another mystery, which I was, but its more than that. On the surface, the reader thinks they are reading a story about a true crime podcaster who is in North Carolina to follow the rape trial of a well-known Olympic-hopeful swimmer, but there is another story. A story of a woman who wants Rachel, the podcaster, to help her solve the mystery of her sister’s death 25 years ago. Told in two voices, it is Rachel’s firsthand account of what is happening along with the podcast of the trial, in which she is vocal about the stress put on rape victims when testifying. It moves back and forth in time, as Jenny Stills sister, tells the 25-year old story of her sister’s supposed drowning. I listened to the audio version of the book. With three distinct voices, Rachel, the podcast, and Jenny Stills sister, it increased the enjoyment of the book—to the point that I neglected dinner to find out how the book ended.

debwalker Jul 30, 2020

When a true crime podcaster gets drawn into a small town crime investigation......
Goodreads pick for August 2020.

Jul 26, 2020

Atmospheric, arresting, and amazing. Megan Goldin has crafted a winner of a thriller. There is a big rape trial in Neapolis, N.C. Rachel Krall is in town to feature the momentous proceedings on Season Three of her podcast "Guilty or Not Guilty" (where you are in the jury box). A stranger named Hannah reaches out to Rachel begging for justice for the murder of her older sister Jenny twenty years earlier. As Rachel does her job covering the trial, the old case keeps creeping in. Goldin expertly weaves the two crimes into the narrative in surprising twists and turns. By the time you have reached the conclusion you will also realize how aptly titled this book is. Rape is a difficult subject and this book deals with it honestly. The peril is real; in and out of the courtoom. It was a compelling read and I enjoyed it so much more than "The Escape Room."


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