The Night Swim by Megan Goldin, 2020
Hannah, the sister of Jenny who died 25 years ago
Rachel, the investigating podcaster
Scott, the accused rapist, and Kelly, the victim
The Plot (from Goodreads):
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 insist 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.
Let me start by saying that I loved this book, but I wouldn’t consider it a thriller. It was too slow and not twisty enough to be considered a thriller. I’d call it more of a slow-burn mystery or courtroom drama. But I’ve seen it advertised EVERYWHERE as a psychological thriller, so that’s what I was expecting when I started it.
As a fan of courtroom dramas and this new means of using podcasts to tell a story, I loved it. I listened to it as an audiobook, and I think that does these podcast dramas a lot of justice. I listened to Are You Sleeping a few months ago before watching Truth Be Told on Netflix, and found the writing to be very similar to how The Night Swim was told. There’s also I Know You Know, which I also enjoyed the writing style of.
I loved Rachel as the main character. You could really feel her emotions and how much she cared about doing the case justice in her podcast, as well as about helping Hannah.
I would be thrilled if Megan Goldin decided to turn this into a series, as it feels like the ending was sort of set up for one. Sign me up for an ARC if so!
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Read this if you liked:
- Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber
- I Know You Know by Gilly MacMillan