Monday, August 17, 2020

The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

In The Night Swim, a new thriller from Megan Goldin, author of the “gripping and unforgettable” (Harlen 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?

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 My Thoughts

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 me 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!

About the Author

MEGAN GOLDIN worked as a correspondent for Reuters and other media outlets where she covered war, peace, international terrorism and financial meltdowns in the Middle East and Asia. She is now based in Melbourne, Australia where she raises three sons and is a foster mum to Labrador puppies learning to be guide dogs. The Escape Room was her debut novel.

Twitter @megangoldin

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