Book Review: The Night Swim by Megan Goldin // spoiler free

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Release Date: 2020
Genre: Thriller
Age Range: Adult


Rachel Krall’s true crime podcast became a sensation after her first season when she got an innocent man accused of murdering his wife, released. Now she is constantly receiving pleas from people to look into their case hoping she can help them. Rachel is under pressure to make her next season unique as other true crime podcasts pop up.

For her third season she travels to the small town of Neapolis where a rape trial is wreaking havoc between the towns folk: Neapolis’s golden boy has been accused of raping a high school girl.

And Rachel intends to interview, sit during the trial and relate both sides of the story to the audience of her podcast making them feel as if they are part of the jury.

At the same time as the trial, Rachel receives mysterious letters from a fan asking her to look into her sister’s murder 25 years ago in Neapolis. This is alarming to Rachel as she has made sure not to associate her face with her podcast and worries about someone is following her. However her curiosity gets the better of her and she finds herself reading the letters and begins asking around town about Jenny.

She discovers truths that have been kept secret for many years and shocking connections between the present and the past.

 

Megan Goldin wrote the heck out of The Night Swim! When I began, I had my doubts, as it tackles a topic I find hard to read about. However, once I started listening I could not stop!

I have never listened to podcasts before but now I see why people love them so much. It was really interesting listening to the episodes of the podcast which are also included in the book.

I enjoyed the present timeline more than the chapters set in the past. Court room settings always has an extra element of drama that I cannot resist. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see how the trial would proceed and hanging on to the words of every witness.

The mystery of what happened to Jenny had me two folds more invested in the story.

This book highlighted the horrible ugliness of rape and everything surrounding it. Everything the victim has to endure afterwards, once coming forth. Reliving the nightmare over and over and the emotional trauma of having to face the rapist in court while also enduring public opinion.


This was challenging, there were times I had to press pause and take a few deep breaths but it was definitely worth the read. The Night Swim was such a unique thriller, I hope this isn’t the last of Rachel Krall and her podcast.

Thoughts on the audiobook:

There were three narrators. I found the narrator who did Hannah’s chapters irritating. I struggled to concentrate during her chapters but luckily I was too absorbed in the story to care. As I said, the podcast was an excellent addition and I believe listening to this in audiobook format really enhanced my experience compared to how it would have been if I’d read it.


Have you read this book? Are you adding it to your tbr? Let me know!


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