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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, begg 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?


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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, begg 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?

30 review for The Night Swim

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Wow! Agghhjjkd ! Oh sorry I just blabbered meaningless letters because I’m shaken to the core, carrying my stupid face looked like suffering from 30 botox syringe injections. If I was a real celebrity, they can carry me to the Wax Museum and position me next to Queen Elizabeth. I looked like a statue with no facial expression (My face looks like Nicole Kidman right now! And I always told no to esthetic surgeries! Now I'm reminding you daughter of a cyborg. Dammit!) Of course I’m giving five gazil Wow! Agghhjjkd ! Oh sorry I just blabbered meaningless letters because I’m shaken to the core, carrying my stupid face looked like suffering from 30 botox syringe injections. If I was a real celebrity, they can carry me to the Wax Museum and position me next to Queen Elizabeth. I looked like a statue with no facial expression (My face looks like Nicole Kidman right now! And I always told no to esthetic surgeries! Now I'm reminding you daughter of a cyborg. Dammit!) Of course I’m giving five gazillion stars ! This is kind of book steals your heart, pulling your hands like a magnet and as soon as you grab it into your hands, you never want to put it down even though it’s doomsday and zombies from World War Z knocking out your door! What should I tell the brilliant author of Escape Room? ( Thanks to her, I had grey cells transplant operation after reading that book because I killed the old ones to solve the mystery! You know how it feels there is a smoke coming from your head. Thankfully Megan Godin taught me by writing mind bending, crazy train riding story) I could say: Brava! Congratulations! Felicidades! Congratulazioni! Toutes nos felicitations! Herzliche glückwünsche! I reset my brain by restarting it and fixed my language settings. Oh yes! I can write in English again! No more Gibberish! The things I have to emphasize about this book: Author’s dual POVED writing was amazing. Rachel and Hannah’s narrations are captivating. Especially the podcast parts of the book make you devour all those pages, cancel your entire schedule, call sick, go to your home and finish this book under your duvet which I already did!!!!! I loved Rachel and I wish she would be real podcast host. ( I’m already addictive to Serial, Criminal, Up and Vanished. If you’re die-hard fans like me and haven’t listened to them before, I highly recommend to you.) As a host Rachel is brave, curious, a workaholic, exactly married with her job, analytic, doing her best to stay objective. We only learned she was divorced but as far as we see, she is only connection in the real world is her producer. She is tough, strong, smart heroine we’re looking for and I’m so sure after reading this book, you’re gonna want her back, chasing new crime stories. She comes the small town of Neapolis to dig more about town’s golden boy, Olympic swimmer Scott Blair ‘s rape case. He is accused of raping 16 year old girl who is also the granddaughter of police chief. (If she wasn’t police chief’s granddaughter, maybe there won’t be any trial because town’s people are real good to bury the facts and reject to talk about them.) When Rachel finishes her lunch break at a random diner, she finds an envelope on her car. A girl named Hannah who insists that her sister Jenny Stills (even though the police reports show she’s been drowned) has been murdered 25 years ago at the very same time and she needs help of Rachel. At first Rachel has no intention to take the case but she feels Hannah’s existence like a shadow following her everywhere, living more notes. She is intrigued. She cannot help herself. That’s her in blood. And she realizes there are so many inconsistencies about dead sister’s case. So Hannah might be right. And guess what: both cases could be connected. Now I’m stopping and let you read this book! I have to tell there is stunning, heart wrenching, soul shaking ending is coming up!!!! I think there will be sequels ( at least ending gave me this impression and interestiny I wanted to know Mitch Alkins’ back story and what kind of case forced him to come back to his hometown and change his profession.) Overall: I. LOVED.IT. SO.SO.SO.MUCH. Special thanks to NetGalley and St.Martin’s Press for sending me the ARC COPY of best thriller of 2020 in exchange my honest review. And Megan Godin, I fell in love with two of your books. Please keep on creating! blog instagram facebook twitter

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dita

    This book will haunt me for a long time. A tale of two rapes, 25 years apart, handled expertly and sensitively. This book so captivated me that I am at loss to describe my feelings. I was bereft. I was furious. I was hopeless. I found vindication. I cannot recommend it enough. I need to go lay down. Thank you to the BRILLIANT Megan Goldin, St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for sending me a widget for this book. I am honored and grateful.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    RAW AND REAL The Night Swim is an emotional and unsettling psychological thriller about a rape trial in a small town. On her way to Neapolis, North Carolina; podcast host Rachel Krall, finds a note on the dashboard of her car pleading for help. The writer of the note, Hannah, believes her sister was murdered 25 years ago and needs Rachel’s help to identify the murderer(s). Rachel is wary of helping Hannah, but soon gets pulled in to her story as she leaves more and more letters for Rachel to read RAW AND REAL The Night Swim is an emotional and unsettling psychological thriller about a rape trial in a small town. On her way to Neapolis, North Carolina; podcast host Rachel Krall, finds a note on the dashboard of her car pleading for help. The writer of the note, Hannah, believes her sister was murdered 25 years ago and needs Rachel’s help to identify the murderer(s). Rachel is wary of helping Hannah, but soon gets pulled in to her story as she leaves more and more letters for Rachel to read about what happened to her sister, Jenny. At the same time, Rachel begins attending the trial of a famous swimmer accused of raping a 16-year-old girl. The two cases converge, leading to a sickening and sad revelation. The Night Swim isn’t easy to read. Goldin spends a good deal of time examining how a rape trial plays out in the courtroom, including jury games and victim shaming. The rapes of two female characters are also shared. It is heavy, dark, and emotional to read. There were several times that I had to put this book down to take a mental health break. At the same time, I was completely captivated and appalled by Jenny and Kelly’s stories. Goldin handles the harsh topic of rape with sensitivity and honesty. While reading The Night Swim I had to keep reminding myself that this is the author who wrote The Escape Room--this book is the complete opposite of that one. For me, The Escape Room was pure entertainment; whereas, The Night Swim serves as a strong message for how society treats rape victims. There were a few flaws, but I am not going to get into them. I was pleased with the ending and hope to see another installment of Rachel in the future. I received an ARC of this book from Edelweiss and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    Once again I'm finding myself frustrated at the way that any book with a lick of mystery is automatically dubbed a nail-biting thriller. If this book had been marketed as general crime fiction, or a character driven mystery, then I would have saved it for the appropriate mood, but alas, I picked this up expecting a fast paced, twisty read, much like The Escape Room. The Night Swim is an important read, one that delves into the heavy topic of rape culture and what that means for our generation ve Once again I'm finding myself frustrated at the way that any book with a lick of mystery is automatically dubbed a nail-biting thriller. If this book had been marketed as general crime fiction, or a character driven mystery, then I would have saved it for the appropriate mood, but alas, I picked this up expecting a fast paced, twisty read, much like The Escape Room. The Night Swim is an important read, one that delves into the heavy topic of rape culture and what that means for our generation versus previous ones. It's a courtroom drama mixed with pod cast media which equals heavy emotions and disturbing content. If rape is something that triggers you, then I would give this one a hard pass. For me, I felt like the author handled the subject with care and really explored the subject in respectful form. Overall, if you enjoy slow burning mysteries with dual POVs and timelines, and can handle graphic, disturbing content, give The Night Swim a try for yourself. *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Deanna

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... One of my favorite books this year! A moving and powerful story!! Rachel Krall is a former newspaper reporter whose true-crime podcast GUILTY OR NOT GUILTY turned into an overnight sensation. “I’m Rachel Krall and this is Guilty or Not Guilty, the podcast that puts you in the jury box.” Rachel has just arrived in Neapolis where she will be attending a trial that is the subject of the third season of Guilty or Not Guilty. The My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... One of my favorite books this year! A moving and powerful story!! Rachel Krall is a former newspaper reporter whose true-crime podcast GUILTY OR NOT GUILTY turned into an overnight sensation. “I’m Rachel Krall and this is Guilty or Not Guilty, the podcast that puts you in the jury box.” Rachel has just arrived in Neapolis where she will be attending a trial that is the subject of the third season of Guilty or Not Guilty. The podcast will cover the trial as it plays out in court. Listeners will hear testimony and evidence just like the jurors. Rachel will also interview many people involved. It’s a lot of work, but Rachel is determined to make the third season a huge success. Rachel is very surprised when she finds a letter on her car windshield. Although she's now a household name, she tries to keep a low profile. True crime attracts all types of people, even the occasional psychopath. Using old photos and avoiding public or TV appearances has protected her. The letter is from a woman named Hannah. Hannah says that Rachel is the only person who can help her. Hannah Stills was nine-years-old when her sixteen-year-old sister, Jenny died. Hannah never told anyone what really happened that night. Twenty-five years later, Jenny’s death feels just as raw as it did back then. But one thing has changed. Hannah’s decided she won’t remain silent any longer. Curiosity has always been Rachel’s kryptonite and Jenny’s case intrigues her. She wants to help Hannah find out exactly what happened to Jenny. Will Rachel be able to do the podcast AND help Hannah get justice for her sister? “This time, the truth will be heard.” This psychological suspense novel delivers!! Gut-wrenching at times, this story is packed with emotions, fantastic characters, and engaging story-lines that will haunt me for a long time. Some parts may be upsetting and/or triggering for some readers. However, I feel like the author handled sensitive issues with respect. Raw and intense. The chapters alternate between Hannah and Rachel’s point of view as well as episodes from the podcast. It was well-paced and I found it easy to follow. An exceptional, thought-provoking read from Megan Goldin. I can’t wait to see what she writes next!! I'd like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    4.5 Stars Rachel Krall is known for her voice. She has a true crime podcast with a wide following. People know her voice- not her face, so when she finds a note under her windshield wiper, she is a little unsettled. The note is asking Rachel to investigate a listener's older sister's death twenty-five years earlier. Not an easy feat, as Rachel is in the small town of Neapolis , to cover a rape trial. A local swimmer bound for Olympic greatness has been accused of raping a local high school studen 4.5 Stars Rachel Krall is known for her voice. She has a true crime podcast with a wide following. People know her voice- not her face, so when she finds a note under her windshield wiper, she is a little unsettled. The note is asking Rachel to investigate a listener's older sister's death twenty-five years earlier. Not an easy feat, as Rachel is in the small town of Neapolis , to cover a rape trial. A local swimmer bound for Olympic greatness has been accused of raping a local high school student. Rachel throws herself into covering the trial and sets about interviewing as many people as she can on both sides of the trial, all the while receiving letters about Jenny Stiles death years earlier. Jenny Stiles was believed to have drowned but her younger sister, Hannah is determined that the truth come out. She knows that her sister was murdered and wants the truth to be known. Intrigued Rachel begins to ask some questions and learns that small towns have secrets, secrets and long memories, and there are still some around who would prefer that the past remain in the past. Whew! Another solid book by Megan Goldin. I loved the Author's previous book, The Escape Room and had to read this one right away. It did not disappoint. I was hooked from page one. I loved how this book was about reputation - how they are formed, how people can make them for you and the damaging consequences when people begin to become identified by their "reputation". This book also shows the divide between the haves and have-nots, how money and influence also affect and can pre-determine how you are viewed in society. But in the end, this book comes down to the brutality of rape. There are two mysteries in this book and the Author blended their stories beautifully. The transitions between the past and present were flawless. Both stories were interesting, gut wrenching and intriguing. There is a lot to discuss with this book - rape, how blame is assigned, the treatment of rape survivors, court testimony, pod casts, reputations, guilt, silence, etc. I found this book to be captivating, hard to put down, intriguing and thought provoking. Plus, I am really hoping that this will become a series - don't know if it will but would love if it was. Either way, this was a fabulous book and I look forward to more books by this author in the future. I received a copy of this book from St. Martin's Press and Edelweiss in exchange for and honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mary Beth

    Rachel Krall is the host of a true crime podcast. "I'm Rachel Krall and this is Guilty or not guilty, the podcast that puts you in the jury box." Hannah is stalking Rachel. She is leaving her notes wherever she goes. There are two different cases. One is an unsolved murder that happened 25 years ago and then the second case is set in the present, two different timelines. There is a big rape trial going on in Rachel's home town in Neopolis. The accused is Scott Blair known as the golden boy. who i Rachel Krall is the host of a true crime podcast. "I'm Rachel Krall and this is Guilty or not guilty, the podcast that puts you in the jury box." Hannah is stalking Rachel. She is leaving her notes wherever she goes. There are two different cases. One is an unsolved murder that happened 25 years ago and then the second case is set in the present, two different timelines. There is a big rape trial going on in Rachel's home town in Neopolis. The accused is Scott Blair known as the golden boy. who is a great swimmer, destined to be in the swimming Olympics. The past and present start to collide as Rachel uncovers connections between the two cases that will change the course of the trial and the lives of every one involved. I loved The Escape Room by this author and I loved this one a lot better. This was a sensational success! I am not a big podcast fan but I was a big fan of this one. It was just so different. It is a legal thriller plus a mystery. It shocked me! I loved the short chapters. It made it a fast paced read. I loved the courtroom drama. I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. I thought it was an entertaining read. I felt all the emotions in this one and loved the twists. I thought the characterization was done very well. I just loved Rachel Krall's character. This book is not for the faint of heart. Raping and Murder are just hard subject matter to read. But I felt that the author did a great job with this and I didn't think that it was graphic. It was done very well. I want to thank Netgalley, St. Martin's Press and the author for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    marilyn

    Publication: Aug 4, 2020 Two girls, twenty five years apart. Raped and beaten by a group of guys or one guy, their reputations, spirits, lives destroyed by being blamed for what was done to them. The first girl ended up dead, unable to defend herself in public, from the rumors. The second girl speaks out about what was done to her and her torment continues, as public blame turns towards her. Rachel Krall's popular podcast "Guilty or Not Guilty" is beginning it's third year by featuring the trial o Publication: Aug 4, 2020 Two girls, twenty five years apart. Raped and beaten by a group of guys or one guy, their reputations, spirits, lives destroyed by being blamed for what was done to them. The first girl ended up dead, unable to defend herself in public, from the rumors. The second girl speaks out about what was done to her and her torment continues, as public blame turns towards her. Rachel Krall's popular podcast "Guilty or Not Guilty" is beginning it's third year by featuring the trial of a college swimmer who is accused of raping "K". The town is divided as the young man is from the most prominent family in town while the girl is the granddaughter of the former police chief. Many blame the girl for ruining the future of the young man, with her accusations. The girl's life is forever changed because she can never be the same person after being allegedly brutally raped over and over and then publicly brutalized again, for speaking out. Before Rachel arrives in town she is getting notes from Hannah, the sister of Jenny, who was raped and drowned twenty five years ago. Hannah's sister never got to fight back but instead, the guys who attacked her spread vicious stories about her and her virtue, all lies, but because Jenny was from a very poor family, the rumors were treated as truth. Hannah is sure that Jenny was murdered and she needs Rachel's help to prove it. The stories intertwine in this quick and easy read. Thank you to St. Martin's Press/Macmillan and Edelweiss/NetGalley for this ARC. 

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill

    Hands down one of the best books I have read this year. I am floored, rendered speechless. I totally underestimated just how much I would love this book. Yes, it was that good. The past and present collide in this small town when the town hero is accused of raping a 16 year old girl. Olympic swimmer hopeful Scott Blair is the all American boy. Kelly Moore has family connections that run deep in the town. Who to believe? There were two of them on the beach that night, only those two know the truth Hands down one of the best books I have read this year. I am floored, rendered speechless. I totally underestimated just how much I would love this book. Yes, it was that good. The past and present collide in this small town when the town hero is accused of raping a 16 year old girl. Olympic swimmer hopeful Scott Blair is the all American boy. Kelly Moore has family connections that run deep in the town. Who to believe? There were two of them on the beach that night, only those two know the truth and one is lying. This has all the small town feels...the good and the bad. Everyone knew each other...which was the good news and also everyone knew each other.... which was the bad news. This town has some dark secrets that have been hidden for many years and they are starting to resurface with the current trial. It was much more than I bargained for. I was completely immersed with the past and the present. This book tore my heart apart many times as I let my mind drift to what it must be like- not only for a victim of this heinous crime, but a 16 year victim on top of that. A crime that has so much judgement that goes along with it. You never hear- well she asked to be murdered. Yet you do hear this about rape. The subject matter, coupled along with the mystery had me glued to the pages. I loved Megan Goldin's previous book The Escape Room, but I loved this one even more. I would LOVE to tag along on another season of Rachel's podcast and see what she comes up with next! Thank you so much to St. Martin's Press for inviting me along on this blog tour. Megan Goldin- you did it again!! This is one of my favorite books this year...and I have read some great ones!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    Second time Reading July 2020 Review (4 Stars) I have to say I enjoyed it a little more the second time around, and I had forgotten some of the twist. I still think the first part moved slowly, but the ending makes it worth the slow moving of the beginning. I know part of the ending because I remember it for the first time reading, but it was still really good. I really enjoyed it. I think this is a solid thriller. This book will be coming out next month. First Review Read March 2020 (4 stars) I f Second time Reading July 2020 Review (4 Stars) I have to say I enjoyed it a little more the second time around, and I had forgotten some of the twist. I still think the first part moved slowly, but the ending makes it worth the slow moving of the beginning. I know part of the ending because I remember it for the first time reading, but it was still really good. I really enjoyed it. I think this is a solid thriller. This book will be coming out next month. First Review Read March 2020 (4 stars) I found this book to move very slow for the first 200 pages, but then the last 150 pages had so much going on and fast moving. I did not see it ending like it did. It is a great thriller, and I really liked it. Also have to say I love the cover of this book. I won an arc of this book from a goodreads giveaway, but this review is 100% my own opinion. I want to re-read this before it comes out, and if I do I will update my review. You can also get this book from Book of the Month https://www.mybotm.com/zr12wnytgc8?sh... (*)

  11. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    Megan Goldin has done it again!!! Rachel Krall is the creator, and host, of a hugely successful True Crime podcast. During the first season, evidence Rachel procured was actually able to help free an innocent man. Now a household name, with a reputation as a tireless truth seeker, many people reach out to her with cases they think she should investigate. A lot of these people feel they have no other options when searching for justice for a friend or loved one; that the system has failed them and Ra Megan Goldin has done it again!!! Rachel Krall is the creator, and host, of a hugely successful True Crime podcast. During the first season, evidence Rachel procured was actually able to help free an innocent man. Now a household name, with a reputation as a tireless truth seeker, many people reach out to her with cases they think she should investigate. A lot of these people feel they have no other options when searching for justice for a friend or loved one; that the system has failed them and Rachel is their last resort. These letters for help generally come in the form of email or through more traditional post. Therefore, Rachel is surprised when a letter ends up stuck under the windshield wiper of her car at a remote rest stop. How would someone even have recognized her? People generally know her voice, not her face? Is she being followed? When she receives the first mysterious note, Rachel is on her way to Neapolis, where a high profile rape case is currently dividing the small coastal town. For the latest season of the podcast, Rachel will be looking into the background of the case, while also attending the trial. It's he-said, versus she-said, with the victim being the granddaughter of the police chief, and the accused perpetrator being the golden boy, local-celebrity champion swimmer. As Rachel throws herself into her investigation, the mysterious letters continue to show up in unexpected places, including her hotel room. The author of the letters, a young woman named Hannah, pleads with Rachel to look into the death of her sister, Jenny, 25-years earlier in Neapolis. Rachel admittedly finds Jenny's case interesting. A reported drowning, Hannah insists that foul play was involved. Y'all, I loved this book! The format chosen to tell this story is absolute perfection. We get multiple perspectives, past and present timelines, and full episodes of Rachel's podcast! The way that Goldin was able to weave these two mysteries together was flawless. I found myself so invested in both the current rape trial and the historical perspective of Jenny and Hannah. I was blessed enough to have received both an e-copy, and an audio copy, of this from the publisher to read and review. I started off switching back and forth between the two, but ultimately stuck with the audiobook. The audiobook is so well done. The podcast chapters are incredible! I had to keep reminding myself I wasn't actually listening to a podcast, that it was fictional. It's that believable. I was already a fan of Goldin after the release of The Escape Room last year, but this one, The Night Swim takes it to a whole new level. Megan Goldin is absolutely an autobuy author for me! In addition to the fabulous presentation of this story, I was also impressed with the commentary regarding rape culture and the treatment of victims of rape and sexual assault. I love when a Thriller can not only be surprising and immersive, but also have something to say on real world issues. I think it opens up so many great discussions that are important and impactful. In short, if you have not picked up The Night Swim yet, please do so. I particularly recommend the audiobook, although the story is fantastic regardless of the medium. A heartfelt thank you to the publisher, St. Martin's Press, for providing me with the opportunity to read this early. It will definitely be making my Favorites List for 2020!!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kaceey

    This book took me completely by surprise. Not what I expected at all…so much more than a thriller. Rachel Krall has her own highly successful crime-oriented podcast. Recently she’s highlighted several past murder trials. Even getting one conviction overturned. Now Rachel has switched direction, focusing on a different crime and accompanying trial to highlight in her latest podcast. The crime of rape. In a small coastal town a trial is about to proceed. The defendant, a teenage boy with dreams of This book took me completely by surprise. Not what I expected at all…so much more than a thriller. Rachel Krall has her own highly successful crime-oriented podcast. Recently she’s highlighted several past murder trials. Even getting one conviction overturned. Now Rachel has switched direction, focusing on a different crime and accompanying trial to highlight in her latest podcast. The crime of rape. In a small coastal town a trial is about to proceed. The defendant, a teenage boy with dreams of swimming in the Olympics. The survivor of the crime a young 15 year old girl. Each will present their side of the story in court. Then, it’s finally up to the jury to decide. And of course, those listening to the podcast to express their myriad of opinions. Meanwhile, something else has drawn Rachel’s attention. She’s been receiving mysterious messages from the sister of a girl killed in this very town years ago. Her senses tell her there’s a story here. Can she help root out the truth after all these years? This was a powerful read. It shows the stark ugliness behind rape and the repercussions involved when a woman is brave enough to come forth. Perhaps the most difficult…facing the defendant and his lawyer in a courtroom. Having to re-tell and relive the nightmare. Hiding from the viciousness of public opinion as everyone has their own idea of who is to blame and wants their voice heard. It’s like being victimized twice. I read this book in only a few sittings and still cannot stop thinking about it. This is the second book I’ve read of Megan Goldin. It was such a deviation from her previous novel. I can’t wait to see what direction she goes next! A buddy read with Susanne that made for excellent discussions! Thank you to Edelweiss and St. Martin's Press for an ARC to read and review

  13. 4 out of 5

    preoccupiedbybooks

    Published today! 🎉 (August 4th 2020) A hard hitting, intense and emotional mystery/courtroom thriller, which left me angry, frustrated, shaken and tearful. **Strong trigger warning for survivors of sexual abuse, you may find this book upsetting** A accidental drowning of a teenaged girl, A controversial rape trial featuring a popular swimming star, Two cases, separated by 25 years, How are they connected? "This is Rachel Krall on Guilty or Not Guilty, the podcast that puts you in the jury box." This was Published today! 🎉 (August 4th 2020) A hard hitting, intense and emotional mystery/courtroom thriller, which left me angry, frustrated, shaken and tearful. **Strong trigger warning for survivors of sexual abuse, you may find this book upsetting** A accidental drowning of a teenaged girl, A controversial rape trial featuring a popular swimming star, Two cases, separated by 25 years, How are they connected? "This is Rachel Krall on Guilty or Not Guilty, the podcast that puts you in the jury box." This was a challenging and timely read for me, which made me feel many, many emotions. It was very well researched, and very well written, sucking me in from the very first page. The short chapters from the two different characters, Rachel, covering a rape trial in a small town for her podcast, and Hannah, a woman, looking for help to unravel her sister's drowning, kept me turning the pages until late into the night! I liked the addition of the podcast chapters too! I stayed up until midnight to finish this, which is unheard of for this mum, whose kids get her up too early! But I needed to finish it because I so badly wanted justice for the two girls! The two timelines, the present day, and 1992, were woven together so well, showing that not much had changed in the small town of Neapolis when it comes to reputations, and what people think about rape. I am still thinking about this book today, and feel deeply affected by it. I have to keep reminding myself that it's a work of fiction! I had read, and enjoyed Megan Goldin's previous book, Escape Room, but this book was on another level compared to that! Just to warn you, that The Night Swim has a completely different tone to that book, so don't go in expecting a similar tale! If you love crime podcasts, I think you will love this! I don't want to say too much about the plot, but I will talk about the way that Goldin took an unflinching look at how rape survivors are treated. What they go through after a rape, in terms of the trauma of rape kits, public opinion, and court tactics. She points out that, when it comes to murder, we all agree that its wrong, but when it comes to rape, people still see it in different shades of grey! Everyone seems to have an opinion on rape, and all too often the victim is blamed for walking along that dark alley, or having that extra drink, instead of the rapists being blamed. It makes my blood boil, that this still happens, that women are doubted and shamed for reporting rapes, and that prosecution and conviction rates for rape are so low. Not to mention some of the laws around what constitutes a rape! I loved the way the town was described, I loved the strong women featured, the mystery, the courtroom drama, and I found the ending sad, but satisfying. The Night Swim was thought provoking and gripping right up until the end. I still feel unsettled, and that's the mark of a great author! I definitely recommend this, if you can handle the subject matter, and I will be following this author closely! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ I also need to start listening to some crime podcasts! Any recs? Many thanks to Edelweiss and St. Martin's Press for making this DRC available for me to download, in exchange for an honest review!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jayme

    “This is Rachel Krall on Guilty or Not Guilty, the podcast that puts YOU in the jury box.” Known for her sultry voice, but not her face, Rachel is troubled when she finds a handwritten letter on her windshield, outside a diner at a remote stop, as she is on her way to Neapolis, the town of her season three podcast. The letter is written intimately, and is asking for help in solving the case of a sixteen year old girl named Jenny Stills, who died in Neapolis decades earlier, and is signed by her s “This is Rachel Krall on Guilty or Not Guilty, the podcast that puts YOU in the jury box.” Known for her sultry voice, but not her face, Rachel is troubled when she finds a handwritten letter on her windshield, outside a diner at a remote stop, as she is on her way to Neapolis, the town of her season three podcast. The letter is written intimately, and is asking for help in solving the case of a sixteen year old girl named Jenny Stills, who died in Neapolis decades earlier, and is signed by her sister Hannah, who believes the “drowning” was actually a murder... But, Rachel gets requests from desperate people all the time. She needs to focus on the current case. For the first time her Podcast is following a trial LIVE, and it is the first RAPE she is covering- A Future Olympian, and the town’s golden boy has been accused of raping a high school student, referred to as “K”. But, Hannah does not give up easily. Told from the alternating perspectives of Hannah, Rachel, and the Season Three Podcast episode transcripts, the three narratives, and the two cases, will eventually intersect in many unexpected ways. I love when a suspense story can surprise me, while remaining plausible, and this one managed to do just that, with the short chapters I love which allow you to say “just one more chapter”... I am hoping that Rachel Krall, and her podcast may make another appearance in a future book...any chance of that happening, Ms. Goldin?? Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for the digital ARC I received in exchange for a candid review! This book will be released Aug. 4th 2020. HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gabby

    This was not an easy read. This book was so good, but it was definitely difficult to stomach at times. This book deals heavily with a rape trial and the harsh and unfair way society treats rape victims and how toxic rape culture is. In this story we follow this girl Rachel who runs this super successful true crime podcast, and on this season of her podcast she decides to cover an active rape trail that's happening in a small town. This young dude who was going to be a competitive swimmer in the This was not an easy read. This book was so good, but it was definitely difficult to stomach at times. This book deals heavily with a rape trial and the harsh and unfair way society treats rape victims and how toxic rape culture is. In this story we follow this girl Rachel who runs this super successful true crime podcast, and on this season of her podcast she decides to cover an active rape trail that's happening in a small town. This young dude who was going to be a competitive swimmer in the Olympics is accused of raping this girl Kelly. As you can imagine the small town is devastated for this 'poor young man' and how his 'future has been taken away from him' and all that kind of bull shit while Kelly is slut shamed. We also follow this girl Hannah, who's sister Jenny was killed twenty years ago, and they still don't know exactly what happened to her. Hannah is writing Rachel letters asking her to talk about Jenny's case in her podcast with the hopes that they will re-open her case. This book is so sad because it talks about how not only do rape victims get assaulted once when they are raped, but they are assaulted again and again when they have to go through this process of re-experiencing it in the courtroom. The emotional trauma it takes on a woman to recount these experiences is just so awful. And for her body to be put under a microscope by all these doctors, and for her to be judged by everyone she knows, it's truly heartbreaking. We are following two separate timelines in this book, and I found the chapters in the present day int the courtroom to be much more interesting than the chapters in the past with Hannah talking about her sister. I found myself wanting to get back to the chapters in the courtroom because they were written so well and they were getting such a visceral angry reaction from me. It's always hard for me to read about rape in books, but this book took it to another extreme for me, this was really challenging to read and it genuinely made me so sad. But this book is crafted so beautifully and there are a few surprising plot twists. But please know if rape is a trigger for you to read this book with caution.

  16. 5 out of 5

    ScrappyMags

    Jaw. On. The. Floor. 😲 Shortest Summary Ever: Rachel Krall is a podcast sensation covering a rape trial in a coastal NC town - the kind of trial that has the town fervently taking sides. As if that weren’t enough, Rachel finds a note on her windshield asking her to look into a decades-old murder. There are more and more notes. Someone is following her. Caught up in the trial, Rachel can’t help but be pulled to the murder. Could they be connected? What is happening in this sleepy little town and w Jaw. On. The. Floor. 😲 Shortest Summary Ever: Rachel Krall is a podcast sensation covering a rape trial in a coastal NC town - the kind of trial that has the town fervently taking sides. As if that weren’t enough, Rachel finds a note on her windshield asking her to look into a decades-old murder. There are more and more notes. Someone is following her. Caught up in the trial, Rachel can’t help but be pulled to the murder. Could they be connected? What is happening in this sleepy little town and what mysteries lurk in the shadows? I requested what I thought would be an average mystery and received MY FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR (ok, so far). In the #metoo era it’s intriguing and refreshing to see a mystery - a genre that can be often dismissed as “not serious” - be so poignant and dead-on in research and the telling of sexual assault. Wow. This needs to be a movie. Someone call Reese Witherspoon. The viewpoint is mostly that of Rachel, a famous podcaster of a “guilty or innocent” show, a pastime I will admit I’ve never ventured into. It made for a unique viewpoint - a journalist, but one who operates behind the scenes. One who truly strives to stay impartial. But the best part of this is the rawness of the whole case. It is dead-on accurate. If you don’t know already you will understand intimately why women don’t report sexual assault, why they don’t follow through when they do report and why so few cases go to trial. All my reviews available at scrappymags.com Genre: Mystery/ContemporaryFaction Recommend to: Everyone who loves mystery. This is THE ONE we need to talk about. Not recommended to: if sexual assault/rape issues are too much for you. Thank you to the author Megan Goldin , St. Martin’s Press, and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for my always-honest review and for wowing me and rocking my world during quarantine.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    4.5 Stars Omg!!! Shoot all the bastards!!! . That being said, I thought the author did a great job with this book. Although, I am trading it in as I don’t want to read it again 😕 Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 BLOG: https://melissa413readsalot.blogspot.... 4.5 Stars Omg!!! Shoot all the bastards!!! . That being said, I thought the author did a great job with this book. Although, I am trading it in as I don’t want to read it again 😕 Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 BLOG: https://melissa413readsalot.blogspot....

  18. 5 out of 5

    Holly B (semi-hiatus until Nov)

    This was not an easy read as it deals with rape, reputations, and influence. There are two mysteries to follow that are twenty five years apart and come together through the producer of a crime podcast, Rachel Krall. Rachel's current crime podcast involves a small town and the rape of a high school student. While covering this trial, Rachel starts receiving mysterious letters from a sister seeking justice. These two mysteries will begin to evolve, connect, and shock. The courtroom scenes were my f This was not an easy read as it deals with rape, reputations, and influence. There are two mysteries to follow that are twenty five years apart and come together through the producer of a crime podcast, Rachel Krall. Rachel's current crime podcast involves a small town and the rape of a high school student. While covering this trial, Rachel starts receiving mysterious letters from a sister seeking justice. These two mysteries will begin to evolve, connect, and shock. The courtroom scenes were my favorite part of the book. All the drama, calling witnesses and intense moments. The author does a great job weaving the two mysteries together. Thought provoking and emotional story. Thanks to NG and the publisher for my review copy. OUT August 2020

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dorie - Cats&Books :)

    ***NOW AVAILABLE*** This book was very different from her debut novel, “The Escape Room” and for me that was a good thing. I was hoping that the author would surprise me with this one and she did just that. Rachel Krall has become known for her two previous podcasts, she has thousands of followers. In the first two seasons she had worked on cold cases and was hugely successful in bringing new evidence to light which changed the previous convictions. This time she is going to cover a live trial and ***NOW AVAILABLE*** This book was very different from her debut novel, “The Escape Room” and for me that was a good thing. I was hoping that the author would surprise me with this one and she did just that. Rachel Krall has become known for her two previous podcasts, she has thousands of followers. In the first two seasons she had worked on cold cases and was hugely successful in bringing new evidence to light which changed the previous convictions. This time she is going to cover a live trial and as she says after each of her podcast episodes “this is Guilty or Not Guilty, the podcast that puts you in the jury box”. This season would test Rachel’s endurance as she planned to attend court every day. She has arrived in the city days early to see what further information about the trial that she can unearth. On her way to Neopolis, North Carolina, she pulls off the highway into a restaurant and is shocked to find a note addressed to her on her windshield. She has worked hard to try to keep her photograph and “face” from the public’s eye, they only know her by her unique voice. However someone has found her and is begging for her help. This person is Hannah, the sister of a young woman who died 25 years ago. Her death was ruled an accident, but Hannah knows differently. She has been following Rachel’s podcasts and knows she will be in her hometown of Neopolis. She is hoping desperately that Rachel will help to finally get the truth out about what happened to her sister, Jenny. The trial is an ugly one. It involves a violent rape and the young woman, “K”, who is willing to testify to what happened. Will she get the chance to do this? We are made to try to understand the trauma that K is going through, and how her parents feel about her testifying. She is the granddaughter of a previous town police chief and her family is well known in Neopolis. Scott Blair, the accused, is somewhat of a local town hero. He is a great swimmer, winning local and national races, and said to possibly be on his way to the Olympics. Many people have mixed feelings about whether this young man would be capable of the crimes he is accused of. Why would he sacrifice his career? Someone is lying in this case, which one? While Rachel races to try to unearth more facts about the trial she is consistently receiving notes from Hanna. She feels herself drawn into Jenny’s case and so is working both cases at the same time. In this novel Ms.Goldin has written a novel with well developed characters who we can feel for and dual mysteries to solve. Will they come together in some way in this uniquely plotted novel? I think you will be as surprised as I was at the outcome of this novel. This second book is a winner. It is a propulsive read and sheds light on how rape trials are still conducted and how much a victim much go through in order to tell her story. I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss. “The Night Swim” is set to publish on August 4, 2020

  20. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    the best thing about this book is its relevance. it combines the current intrigue of popular true crime podcasts like serial and recent emotionally difficult court cases like people vs. turner. i have a feeling this story is going resonate with many readers because of that. i will admit i found the second half of the book (when the trial begins) to be more interesting, but thats just a personal preference. which lead me to find hannahs chapters very boring, because they deal with a cold case that the best thing about this book is its relevance. it combines the current intrigue of popular true crime podcasts like serial and recent emotionally difficult court cases like people vs. turner. i have a feeling this story is going resonate with many readers because of that. i will admit i found the second half of the book (when the trial begins) to be more interesting, but thats just a personal preference. which lead me to find hannahs chapters very boring, because they deal with a cold case that happened 25 years prior. yes, both crimes are somewhat related, but i found myself more drawn to rachels chapters dealing with the trial. overall, i found the writing to be engaging and the story to be satisfying. i will definitely be picking up more books by MG in the future! a big thanks to st. martins press for the ARC! ↠ 3.5 stars

  21. 4 out of 5

    Susanne Strong

    A Heart Stopping Thriller that Kept me Glued to My Seat! When you hear the name Rachel Krall, it’s instantly recognizable. She is known for her Podcast “Guilty or Not Guilty” which is now in it’s 3rd Season and which will be its most controversial yet - focusing on the topic of sexual assault in the small town of Neapolis. Rachel is going to cover a rape trial as it unfolds. It’s he said, she said and it’s going to be a doozy. To make matters even more dicey, while in town, Rachel begins receiv A Heart Stopping Thriller that Kept me Glued to My Seat! When you hear the name Rachel Krall, it’s instantly recognizable. She is known for her Podcast “Guilty or Not Guilty” which is now in it’s 3rd Season and which will be its most controversial yet - focusing on the topic of sexual assault in the small town of Neapolis. Rachel is going to cover a rape trial as it unfolds. It’s he said, she said and it’s going to be a doozy. To make matters even more dicey, while in town, Rachel begins receiving anonymous letters from someone claiming to be the sister of a girl who died 25 years prior. The sister, Hannah believes her sister Jenny was murdered though the official cause of death was drowning. Rachel investigates both cases, chasing down angles wherever they may lead. Can she find the truth before it’s too late? Speaking from my experience as a former paralegal for 24 years, when it comes to the law, it is often the case that the attorney who puts forth the better argument wins, regardless of whose side the law is on. It was therefore thrilling to see how the lawsuit in this novel played out (no spoilers) - as it always is in legal thrillers. I found the characterizations to be brilliantly plotted, Rachel Krall’s podcast to deliver, the testimony in the courtroom to keep me engaged and Hannah’s letters quite gripping. In short, “The Night Swim” by Megan Goldin expertly delved into extremely sensitive topics. Furthermore, this book was an intriguing pulse pounding thriller that took the bull by the horns and came out swinging. Bravo! This was an excellent buddy read with Kaceey. Thank you to St. Martin's Press, NetGalley, Edelweiss and Megan Goldin for the arc. Published on Goodreads on 8.2.20.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    My thanks to St. Martin's Press, and Netgalley. I don't know what I'm Earth possesses me to request things like this. Maybe, the reviews of my Goodreads friend's? Maybe the popularity of the author? I haven't a clue. So really, take this piffling review with a grain of salt. I didn't like it. Obviously. That's all I'm going to say. I never should have even tried to read this. I'll give it 3 stars, because many liked it. Just know that some stories should come with trigger warnings. This is one of th My thanks to St. Martin's Press, and Netgalley. I don't know what I'm Earth possesses me to request things like this. Maybe, the reviews of my Goodreads friend's? Maybe the popularity of the author? I haven't a clue. So really, take this piffling review with a grain of salt. I didn't like it. Obviously. That's all I'm going to say. I never should have even tried to read this. I'll give it 3 stars, because many liked it. Just know that some stories should come with trigger warnings. This is one of them. Also? Predictable, predictable and so on and so forth!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Blaine

    That’s the thing about mistakes. Not all of them can be fixed. Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for sending me an ARC of The Night Swim in exchange for an honest review. I greatly enjoyed last year’s The Escape Room. It was an unserious romp of a thriller, predictable but entertaining. When I read the plot of The Night Swim—essentially Sarah Koenig from the Serial podcast covering the Brock Turner rape trial, but with the added twist of also investigating a maybe murder from 25 years ag That’s the thing about mistakes. Not all of them can be fixed. Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for sending me an ARC of The Night Swim in exchange for an honest review. I greatly enjoyed last year’s The Escape Room. It was an unserious romp of a thriller, predictable but entertaining. When I read the plot of The Night Swim—essentially Sarah Koenig from the Serial podcast covering the Brock Turner rape trial, but with the added twist of also investigating a maybe murder from 25 years ago—I mistakenly expected another twisty fun ride. However, this book is relentlessly serious. The plot line from the past is difficult to read, as the abuse heaped upon teenager Jenny Stills is simply brutal and monstrous. The plot line from the present is a small improvement, as teenager Kelly Moore at least gets to see her alleged rapist tried for the crime, but the emotional toll on her is not much better. And the message of the book could be read as emphasizing that there’s not much hope for rape victims to get justice through the court system unless they’re lucky enough to somehow have a witness who can break the he said, she said dynamic. It’s not a bad book by any means. The writing is solid, and the shifting presentations—Rachel’s first-person narrative, Hannah’s letters to Rachel, and Rachel’s podcast episodes—keep the story moving. Just go in with eyes wide open that you’ll likely be a bit sadder and/or madder at the end of this book than you were when you started. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4. Review originally posted back in April. Reposting to bump because today is the publication day!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️

    4.5 Stars This was a riveting read that had me engrossed from page one. I really liked Goldin's writing. Also, her characters were great. My favorite part, though? The setting. I love books about small, seaside towns and this book was that and more. It was haunting and atmospheric...and I know I will be thinking about Jenny for a long time to come. I will definitely read more from this author.

  25. 5 out of 5

    ♡ oscar ♡

    "A shiver ran through me. I knew that she was broken. I could hear it in her voice." Defending Jacob meets Good Girl's Guide to Murder in Megan Goldin's latest novel, The Night Swim. The plot was a whirlwind of podcast, backstories and a battle of he said, she said. First and foremost I want to give it to Goldin for creating a story so powerful and needed. Her take of rape culture and victim blaming felt raw and hurtful. There were those parts that moved me with rage, disappointment and shame "A shiver ran through me. I knew that she was broken. I could hear it in her voice." Defending Jacob meets Good Girl's Guide to Murder in Megan Goldin's latest novel, The Night Swim. The plot was a whirlwind of podcast, backstories and a battle of he said, she said. First and foremost I want to give it to Goldin for creating a story so powerful and needed. Her take of rape culture and victim blaming felt raw and hurtful. There were those parts that moved me with rage, disappointment and shame. To think of it, I think that's only thing I liked in this novel. I hope my friends here don't crucify me for this review but I didn't enjoyed this as much as the others. It wasn't a bad book but far from being the best for my taste. The majority of this, more like 250+ pages, was indeed interesting for it touches a sensitive subject but not that thrilling. I appreciate a good slow burn but I think it wouldn't hurt to sprinkle some thrill goodness in it. It felt info dumpy. I'm glad for people dubbing this book as their year's best but the case is not the same for me. I enjoyed this but not fully. My interest was already waning halfway. My reading experience with this reminded me of The Guest List. All the twists, nasties and pure adrenaline are in the end.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Frank Phillips

    FANTASTIC!! My August BOTM pick, and they nailed it! Most likely my favorite book of 2020! Goldin is a phenomenal writer and I couldn't imagine that I would like her second novel even more than her debut, which I loved, yet I think this one was even better!! I was hesitant to read another podcast or legal court case storyline, but this one was written so exquisitely that I was almost instantly hooked. There were two eerily similar mysteries in this novel; one 20 years past, one present. I enjoye FANTASTIC!! My August BOTM pick, and they nailed it! Most likely my favorite book of 2020! Goldin is a phenomenal writer and I couldn't imagine that I would like her second novel even more than her debut, which I loved, yet I think this one was even better!! I was hesitant to read another podcast or legal court case storyline, but this one was written so exquisitely that I was almost instantly hooked. There were two eerily similar mysteries in this novel; one 20 years past, one present. I enjoyed the depth and humanity the main characters had and my heart broke for Hannah and her family 💔 and I desperately hoped for some kind of resolution for her. I don't want to say a whole lot more other than go out and get this, you won't regret it!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ceecee

    Wow. What a powerful and gripping book that has me thinking deeply. Rachel Krall is a successful podcaster with her ‘Guilty or Not Guilty’ episodes attracting many listeners. She’s in Neopolis for the rape trial of swim star Scott Blair who wealthy family allege ‘K’ is lying. Rachel also gets notes and messages from Hannah whose sister Jenny died twenty five years ago in Neopolis asking her for help to prove her sister was murdered. The story is told from the perspectives of Rachel and Hannah an Wow. What a powerful and gripping book that has me thinking deeply. Rachel Krall is a successful podcaster with her ‘Guilty or Not Guilty’ episodes attracting many listeners. She’s in Neopolis for the rape trial of swim star Scott Blair who wealthy family allege ‘K’ is lying. Rachel also gets notes and messages from Hannah whose sister Jenny died twenty five years ago in Neopolis asking her for help to prove her sister was murdered. The story is told from the perspectives of Rachel and Hannah and interspersed with podcasts of the trial. The dual storyline works extremely well and as Hannah’s, Jenny’s and K’s stories emerge it’s deeply shocking. This is a story of power and those who have more strength and power who take what they want when they want. Their danger and evil is disguised in sharp expensive suits, their coats are arrogant self assurance. They ruin the lives of those caught up in their so called ‘games’ and leave devastation in their wake and lack of justice for their victims. The trial of Scott is mesmerising, harrowing and emotional, provoking many thoughts about victims reliving their ordeal and how for many it’s just too darned hard. The story of Jenny is so tragic, she is treated so shockingly by the community revealing a lot about its attitudes. This is a story full of twists and turns, it provokes a gamut of emotions from vulnerability to burdensome and unnecessary guilt, cruelty and depravity but thankfully also those who are prepared to stand up and fight for victims. There are moments of acute tension and suspense especially towards the end which is very fitting. Overall, although this is not an easy read in that it has rape at its core, it is also one of the most thoughtful and powerful novels on this subject I’ve read in a while. Highly recommended. With thanks to NetGalley and Mirror Books for the ARC.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marialyce

    4.5 stars There are some mystery thriller books that set themselves above others, not only for the excellent writing, but also because they deal with a topic that is abhorrent and has people divided as to where the blame belongs and who is the guilty one. This book which dealt with the topic of rape was one of those special mysteries that presented well the sides of the story and made me once again realize why this topic is one that engenders so much controversy and hurt. Rachel Krall is making a 4.5 stars There are some mystery thriller books that set themselves above others, not only for the excellent writing, but also because they deal with a topic that is abhorrent and has people divided as to where the blame belongs and who is the guilty one. This book which dealt with the topic of rape was one of those special mysteries that presented well the sides of the story and made me once again realize why this topic is one that engenders so much controversy and hurt. Rachel Krall is making a name for herself. She is a producer of podcasts, ones that focus on crimes committed where the accused and the victim seemed not to have received justice. She is now into season three of her successful series, and comes to the small town of Neapolis which is devastated by the purported rape of a young girl, the granddaughter of the police chief. The accused is a young man, a shinning star athlete swimmer, who is slated to eventually compete in the Olympics. As Rachel becomes involved in following this trial, she is also confronted by mysterious letters written by the younger sister of a girl, Jenny Sills who supposedly drowned many years ago. Jenny's sister is the author of these mysterious letters and as Rachel digs further into this death of years ago, she discovers things that are sketchy, alleging that Jenny led a wild life. Was this true, or was Jenny Sills's death one that was never truly solved and one that was left for time to forget? The two cases, separated by twenty five years seem to have elements in common and as the trial continues, Rachel is drawn into hopes and dreams for justice to be served in both these cases. I was definitely intrigued by this story, as it so pointed out that rape is a crime for which there are no winners, only victims who continue to be haunted forever by the memories and trauma of what has occurred. It is also always, unless witnesses are present, a case of he said she said. How can one sustain the belief of innocent until proven guilty when guilt or innocence is often determined by reasonable doubt? Ms Golden has certainly presented the constant issues and plight of those who have been violated and those who have been accused. It's a quandary that seems to have no answer. Thank you to Megan Goldin, St Martin's Press, and Edelweiss for a copy of this book due out on August 4, 2020.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Suzy

    4 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Between getting a new puppy, starting piano lessons and not having NEARLY as much time as I would love to have on Goodreads (I’m really missing everybody), I almost forgot to post my review for this fantastic book! I really enjoyed reading The Night Swim. This was my first Megan Goldin book, but now I really, really want to go and read The Escape Room as soon as I can. Rachel Krall has become very well known (by her voice only - not appearance) since launching her true crime pod 4 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Between getting a new puppy, starting piano lessons and not having NEARLY as much time as I would love to have on Goodreads (I’m really missing everybody), I almost forgot to post my review for this fantastic book! I really enjoyed reading The Night Swim. This was my first Megan Goldin book, but now I really, really want to go and read The Escape Room as soon as I can. Rachel Krall has become very well known (by her voice only - not appearance) since launching her true crime podcast GUILTY OR NOT GUILTY - which has helped overturn convictions after shedding light on new facts. When Rachel travels to a small town to cover the trial of a teenaged boy accused of rape, she receives a note on her car from a girl named Hannah asking for her help in solving the murder of her sister. The murder happened 25 years prior in the same small town. I would not put this book in the psychological thriller genre. There are no twisty shockers like you’d see in a thriller, but there is mystery and suspense. I would put this in the crime fiction category. It didn’t diminish how much I enjoyed reading it. The story is told in alternating POV’s - Rachel and Hannah - plus a few episodes of the podcast sprinkled in between the short chapters. I love short chapters, but they can be a blessing and a curse - especially if you’re trying to go to bed at 2:00 AM but can’t stop reading! Highly recommend! Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Megan Goldin for my advanced copy to read and review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Larry H

    3.5 stars. Megan Goldin's new novel, The Night Swim , is part courtroom drama, part mystery, part thought-provoking exploration of how horrible society and the criminal justice system treat those who have been raped. Rachel has gained notoriety as the creator and host of a true crime podcast. While the first two seasons focused on past crimes—and helped a man go free—this time she’s focusing on a rape trial, covering it from the small town where it happened. The son of the town’s wealthiest fami 3.5 stars. Megan Goldin's new novel, The Night Swim , is part courtroom drama, part mystery, part thought-provoking exploration of how horrible society and the criminal justice system treat those who have been raped. Rachel has gained notoriety as the creator and host of a true crime podcast. While the first two seasons focused on past crimes—and helped a man go free—this time she’s focusing on a rape trial, covering it from the small town where it happened. The son of the town’s wealthiest family and a prospective Olympic swimmer is accused of brutally raping a teenage girl, the granddaughter of the former police chief. The town is torn apart by the case, with some thinking the girl “deserved” it and is lying, while others think he needs to be punished. Meanwhile, Rachel, who is known more for her voice than her face, is being followed around town by a woman who says her sister was murdered in the same town 25 years ago, but the police refused to investigate, calling it an accidental drowning. This woman, Hannah, wants Rachel to tell the true story of what happened to her sister, even if it riles up old ghosts. What will be the outcome of the rape trial? What was the truth behind Hannah’s sister’s death? Rachel will find herself in the middle of both cases, with their similarities and overlaps. This is a very slow burn of a book and it’s definitely not the thriller Goldin’s first novel, The Escape Room , was. That being said, it’s a compelling and emotional story about rape and reputations in a small town, and the scars we bear. NetGalley and St. Martin's Press provided me with an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making it available! The book publishes 8/4. Check out my list of the best books I read in 2019 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2019.html. Check out my list of the best books of the decade at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/my-favorite-books-of-decade.html. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

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