Sunday, October 25, 2020

The Night Swim by Megan Goldin


Title: The Night Swim
Author: Megan Goldin
Publisher:  St. Martin's Press
Release Date:  August 4, 2020

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?

Rachel is a true-crime podcast reporter. The first two seasons of her show, Guilty or Not Guilty, have been a huge success. As part of her third season, she has decided to cover a current rape trial.

A young man, Scott is allegedly accused of raping and assaulting a teenager. If found guilty, he can face up to a decade in prison. 

While driving towards the town's trial in Neapolis, Rachel makes a quick stop to get something to eat. When she gets back in her car, she realizes someone has left her a letter on her windshield wiper and it's addressed to her and signed by "Hannah". This bothers her because no one should know the way she looks and she wasn't planning on stopping. Is someone following her?

Going back to the letter, Hannah Stills explains that she needs Rachel's help. Hannah believes her sister, Jenny was murdered over two decades ago and she begs Rachel to look into it. 

Rachel’s curiosity is peaked and with the tidbits of memories she gets from Hannah’s other letters and following her own instincts, she begins to unravel the thread of deceit left untouched for twenty-five years. 

The Night Swim was a well-written novel with excellent characters! I felt horrible for Jenny and what she had to endure. What a terribly short life! Same with Kelley. Her future turned grim in the blink of an eye. Her spirit was forever broken.

I did love inquisitive Rachel. If she was real I would be a true fan of her podcast series. She knew how to keep her audience interested. I want a season 4 of her show. 

Can we get one?

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs

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