The Night Swim

The Night Swim

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"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?

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2020.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250219688
Branch Call Number: FICTION GOLDIN
Characteristics: 344 pages ; 25 cm


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May 26, 2021


IndyPL_CarriG May 11, 2021

Oof...a compelling novel about two tragedies decades apart. Podcaster Rachel Krall is covering the rape trial of a popular young competitive swimmer when she starts receiving cryptic notes about another rape that happened in the same small town decades before. Krall's curiosity compels her to look into both cases leading to a surprising conclusion. Ripped from the headlines, obviously, Goldin does a good job of circling around small town politics and privilege without ever becoming condescending or preachy. A good - if at times intense - read.

May 06, 2021

Great book! Interesting from the get go.I read 2 to 3 chapters a night and always looked forward to the next chapter to learn more of the truth. There’s two story lines going on with an unexpected ending. Highly recommended!

Mar 04, 2021

The Night Swim wasn't an easy read for me. It talks about the rape of two female characters and the murder of one of them. It was a very emotional but engaging story. If rape is a distressing topic for you I suggest you skip reading this book or read with caution.

Mar 03, 2021

Highly recommend this book with the warning that it deals with mature and graphic subject matter.

Feb 17, 2021

This was a really good book, I even cried a little at certain parts because of the storyline. The book deals with rape/gender-based violence against women which is such an important, albeit heavy topic. The details of the characters' rapes are somewhat triggering (even though they're fictional but still). Nonetheless, I enjoyed it and think the book serves as a good catalyst for discussing rape/assault survivors and how they're treated.

Jan 22, 2021

Captivating read on a terrifying topic and a great mystery by another Australian author.
Will look forward to her next book.

Jan 03, 2021

The book was good but the rape details was a little bit hard to read. I don't really think I like the rape details and I don't want to read another book about rape. It has a good ending.

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.

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