Review: The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

Night SwimAfter 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.

Review

This book had me shook!

I loved the Escape Room and couldn’t resist the chance to read Megan Goldin’s new title. This was such a brilliant, enthralling memorable read. It is well written though it’s the kind of story that you can’t really say that you enjoyed because of the heavy themes.

At the center of the story is a rape trial. Megan Goldin tackles the subject of rape with so much sensitivity and respect. Without taking attention from the unfolding drama, she posed some very important questions about rape. One question that has stayed with me is about the divisiveness of rape. Murder is straight cut but rape sparks so much debate and more often, victim blaming. People do not often ask what the murder victim had done to ‘warrant’ being killed. However, they do ask about rape victims. What were they wearing? Why did they put themselves in such situations? This book sure did make me angry. It made me confront the injustices of rape and think about the victims. It also made me think about the justice system especially when it comes to rape victims testifying. There is a lot to be angry about.

The idea of podcasts is not new to me. I am yet to listen to any podcast though I have read other books that feature them. Never before have I been captivated by a podcast like this. I was so eager to follow Rachel’s podcast and enjoyed reading the chapters covering her reporting. They were so intense and suspenseful. Other narrative styles used in this story include flashbacks, letters and of course, the present narration. All were equally good. I was captivated by each one right from the start.

This book got to me. I was drawn in right from the first chapter. I loved and loathed the setting in equal measure. I loved the idea of the ocean and beaches but I wasn’t a fan of the small town’s residents and the evils that took place there. I loved so many of the female characters especially the Still sisters, K and Rachel. I wanted to hug them so that we could cry together. I also admired the MC. Her strength, astuteness and determination to get to the truth was a joy to read about. This is one book that I couldn’t stop reading although at the same time, it turned my stomach a couple of times.

Night Swim is a complex book to review. A captivating yet tough read. This book, phew…it certainly was something else and I mean that in a positive way.

16 Comments

    1. Still on the fence. Haven’t even tried an audio-book yet but would love to read another book featuring podcasts.

      I hope you’ve been well, Laila. I tried to visit your blog but wordpress said its now private.

  1. Excellent review, Diana! I love your observations. Megan Goldin’s writing captivated me as well. Like you, I don’t normally listen to podcasts but somehow this author really brought them to life for me.

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