The Night Swim by Megan Goldin #20BooksofSummer (18/20) #Review

Thanks for stopping by! Today you can catch my review for The Night Swim by Megan Goldin. This is also book eighteen of my 20 books of summer challenge. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

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? (


I really enjoyed reading The Escape Room back in August last year so when I saw Megan Goldin’s new book I was definitely eager to read it. I have to mention that both books are actually quite different but I loved that. It shows you how good a writer Megan Goldin is to create different but equally intriguing books.

In The Night Swim we are introduced to Rachel who has arrived in the small town of Neapolis where she will be conducting her true crime podcast. A rape trial is taking place and Rachel is going to be very busy investigating and talking to people involved in the trial. However just before she arrives in town Rachel receives a note that brings up the case of a tragic drowning, twenty five years ago. At first Rachel resists looking into it but this cold case draws her in making her curious to see what she can find out.

I found the inclusion of Rachel and her podcast a brilliant way of telling the story. As she collected information from all sides along with trying to remain impartial. Both the trial and cold case from twenty five years ago were compelling. I was completely invested and just as determined as Rachel to discover the truth. Megan Goldin moved her story from the past to the present in smooth and at times devastating ways. As long held secrets that had remained hidden for so long were finally revealed. I have to admit that some parts of this story were difficult to read. Along with moments where I was both equally sad and angry.

The Night Swim had a slow burn quality that easily held my interest throughout. This book had plenty of secrets with the tension growing with each revelation as an overall darker edge powers the story forward. It’s safe to say that within these pages you will find an emotional, dark and thought provoking story.

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