Today, I’m so happy to be a tour stop on the blog tour for the The Night Swim by Megan Goldin. Thank you St. Martin’s Press for inviting me to participate.
Title: The Night Swim
Author: Megan Goldin
Published: August 2020, St. Martin’s Press
Format: ARC Paperback, 352 pages
In this new thriller from the author of The Escape Room,
a podcast host covering a controversial trial in a small town becomes
obsessed with a brutal crime that took place there years before.
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.
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?
My thoughts: Last year I read, and loved, The Escape Room by Megan Goldin. I knew I would be reading more from this author, so I was thrilled to be invited to be on tour for THe Night Swim and let me just say…this book is another winner!
I loved the way this book was crafted. The use of the podcast, the courtroom case – it all comes together to create such a thrilling, edge of your seat story that really kept me engaged and captivated all the way through. There were times were I really wanted to skip ahead and just keep reading all the podcast chapters – I was so enthralled with those parts, but I also loved the sections where Rachel was investigating into the older case involving what really happened to Jenny. There was really no part of this book – and there are a lot of moving parts to this book – that I was not interested in.
I loved the intensity of this book and how I could not see which way the court case would go. I also loved the intensity of the mystery surrounding Jenny’s death and how this small town became even smaller as Rachel began digging into things. That’s the beauty and the curse of a small town.
I wouldn’t classify this as a fast-paced thriller, but more of a slow-burner, but it’s one that certainly gets under your skin and totally consumes you. I could think of nothing else while I was reading it. And while this is a tough read based on the subject, I do think it would make a great bookclub pick as there is so much to discuss. I definitely recommend picking this one up and I for sure will be putting Megan Goldin on my must-read list.
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.