Updated: Aug 4
A delightfully written emotional read full of captivating courtroom drama and mystery.
Rachel Krall is the producer and host of the highly popular Guilty or Not Guilty true crime podcast. She is now headed to the coastal town of Neapolis North Carolina for the start of season three of her podcast. The town’s golden boy, Scott Blair, a college swimmer destined for the Olympics has been accused of raping Kelly Moore, the sixteen year-old granddaughter of the now retired police chief. The town is being torn apart by opinions about the case.
Hannah used to live in Neapolis when she was a young girl, and now she is back in town trying to get justice for her beloved older sister, Jenny. Twenty-five years ago the coroner ruled that Jenny drown by the jetty but Hannah knew that wasn’t the case. There was much more to the story than that. Hannah surreptitiously contacts Rachel asking her to help uncover the truth behind Jenny’s death. Rachel is reluctant to get involved, but is soon drawn into the mystery.
The Night Swim is a captivating, compelling and emotionally intense read.
Author Megan Goldin weaves a tale that is part courtroom drama, part mystery, The writing is smartly structured alternating between Hannah, Rachel and Rachel’s broadcast of the Guilty or Not Guilty podcast.
There is a wide array of well-developed characters in the story, from Rick the grumpy convenience store clerk to the elusive Hannah. I felt strongly connected to all of them, but I particularly admired Rachel’s character and her drive and determination to reveal the truth for both Jenny and Kelly. I would love to see more of Rachel and her podcast in future books.
The Night Swim is beautifully written and brilliantly plotted. But be forewarned....this book is about rape and can be difficult to read in a few places. Goldin does a nice job giving us just the right amount of details to understand the extent of traumatic and emotional experience. The podcast chapter describing the courtroom the day that Kelly testified was an noteworthy piece of writing because of Goldin’s stellar descriptions capturing the emotional intensity of the room.
Author Megan Goldin worked as a foreign correspondent for ABC and Reuters in Asia and the Middle East where she wrote about war, peace and international terrorism. She now lives in Melbourne,Australia with her three sons and is the bestselling author of The Escape Room (2019) .
Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher St. Martin’s Press
Published August 4, 2020