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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Blog Tour & Review: The Night Swim by Megan Goldin @megangoldin @stmartinspress

The Night Swim
by Megan Goldin

Thank you St. Martin's Press for this copy and stop on the blog tour.

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?

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.

My Review:

Phew! This book is riveting and so very raw. For those who read The Escape Room last year by the same author, expect something very different with this read. This isn't a pulse pounding, fast paced thriller. This is a very heavy and character driven novel touching on the important topic of rape culture.

I'm not a podcast person but this book definitely makes me curious to possibly trying one. I enjoyed the podcast transcripts throughout this read (ok, so if podcasts were written, I'd probably read them but still not listen? Haha - it's so hard to say). I also enjoyed the dual timeline and different POVs. We certainly get an in depth look at rape culture and how different (but also the same) it is throughout the years. It was certainly infuriating to get through some of the moments in these pages.

“To tell you the truth, I don't get how we can almost unanimously agree that murder is wrong, yet when it comes to rape some people still see shades of gray.”

Goldin is clearly a very talented author. I love that the two books I've read so far from her are so very different. I'll certainly be getting The Girl in Kellers Way and keeping an eye out for her next read. I think she handled a very sensitive topic with respect and gave voice to her characters.


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