The Night Swim
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...more
I do find it interesting how her reputation as a "slut" and "whore" came about. Several characters make reference to her in that way, and I find it difficult to understand how such a reputation could exist. Perhaps it was spread by the boys, or their parents, to coverup what they had done to her.(less)
Of course I’m giving five gazil ...more
The Night Swim is an emotional and unsettling psychological thriller about a rape trial in a small town.
On her way to Neapolis, North Carolina; podcast host Rachel Krall, finds a note on the dashboard of her car pleading for help. The writer of the note, Hannah, believes her sister was murdered 25 years ago and needs Rachel’s help to identify the murderer(s). Rachel is wary of helping Hannah, but soon gets pulled in to her story as she leaves more and more letters for Rachel to read ...more
The Night Swim is an important read, one that delves into the heavy topic of rape culture and what that means for our generation ve ...more
One of my favorite books this year!
A moving and powerful story!!
Rachel Krall is a former newspaper reporter whose true-crime podcast GUILTY OR NOT GUILTY turned into an overnight sensation.
“I’m Rachel Krall and this is Guilty or Not Guilty, the podcast that puts you in the jury box.”
Rachel has just arrived in Neapolis where she will be attending a trial that is the subject of the third season of Guilty or Not Guilty. The ...more
Rachel Krall's popular podcast "Guilty or Not Guilty" is beginning it's third year by featuring the trial of a college swimmer who ...more
Rachel Krall is known for her voice. She has a true crime podcast with a wide following. People know her voice- not her face, so when she finds a note under her windshield wiper, she is a little unsettled. The note is asking Rachel to investigate a listener's older sister's death twenty-five years earlier. Not an easy feat, as Rachel is in the small town of Neapolis , to cover a rape trial. A local swimmer bound for Olympic greatness has been accused of raping a local high school studen ...more
"I'm Rachel Krall and this is Guilty or not guilty, the podcast that puts you in the jury box."
Hannah is stalking Rachel. She is leaving her notes wherever she goes. There are two different cases. One is an unsolved murder that happened 25 years ago and then the second case is set in the present, two different timelines.
There is a big rape trial going on in Rachel's home town in Neopolis. The accused is Scott Blair known as the golden boy. who i ...more
Rachel Krall is the creator, and host, of a hugely successful True Crime podcast.
During the first season of her show, evidence Rachel procured was actually able to help free an innocent man, making her a household name.
With Rachel's new reputation as a tireless truth seeker, many people reach out to her with cases they want her to investigate.
A lot of these people feel they have no other options when searching for justice for a friend, or lov ...more
I have to say I enjoyed it a little more the second time around, and I had forgotten some of the twist. I still think the first part moved slowly, but the ending makes it worth the slow moving of the beginning. I know part of the ending because I remember it for the first time reading, but it was still really good. I really enjoyed it. I think this is a solid thriller. This book will be coming out next month.
First Review Read March 2020 (4 stars)
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The past and present collide in this small town when the town hero is accused of raping a 16 year old girl. Olympic swimmer hopeful Scott Blair is the all American boy. Kelly Moore has family connections that run deep in the town. Who to believe? There were two of them on the beach that night, only those two know the truth ...more
A hard hitting, intense and emotional mystery/courtroom thriller, which left me angry, frustrated, shaken and tearful.
**Strong trigger warning for survivors of sexual abuse, you may find this book upsetting**
A accidental drowning of a teenaged girl,
A controversial rape trial featuring a popular swimming star,
Two cases, separated by 25 years,
How are they connected?
"This is Rachel Krall on Guilty or Not Guilty, the podcast that puts you in the jury box."
This was ...more
This book was very different from her debut novel, “The Escape Room” and for me that was a good thing. I was hoping that the author would surprise me with this one and she did just that.
Rachel Krall has become known for her two previous podcasts, she has thousands of followers. In the first two seasons she had worked on cold cases and was hugely successful in bringing new evidence to light which changed the previous convictions.
This time she is going to cover a live trial and ...more
Rachel Krall has her own highly successful crime-oriented podcast. Recently she’s highlighted several past murder trials. Even getting one conviction overturned.
Now Rachel has switched direction, focusing on a different crime and accompanying trial to highlight in her latest podcast. The crime of rape. In a small coastal town a trial is about to proceed. The defendant, a teenage boy with dreams of ...more
Known for her sultry voice, but not her face, Rachel is troubled when she finds a handwritten letter on her windshield, outside a diner at a remote stop, as she is on her way to Neapolis, the town of her season three podcast.
The letter is written intimately, and is asking for help in solving the case of a sixteen year old girl named Jenny Stills, who died in Neapolis decades earlier, and is signed by her s ...more
Rachel's current crime podcast involves a small town and the rape of a high school student. While covering this trial, Rachel starts receiving mysterious letters from a sister seeking justice. These two mysteries will begin to evolve, connect, and shock.
The courtroom scenes were my f ...more
Shortest Summary Ever: Rachel Krall is a podcast sensation covering a rape trial in a coastal NC town - the kind of trial that has the town fervently taking sides. As if that weren’t enough, Rachel finds a note on her windshield asking her to look into a decades-old murder. There are more and more notes. Someone is following her. Caught up in the trial, Rachel can’t help but be pulled to the murder. Could they be connected? What is happening in this sleepy little town and w ...more
i will admit i found the second half of the book (when the trial begins) to be more interesting, but thats just a personal preference. which lead me to find hannahs chapters very boring, because they deal with a cold case that ...more
When you hear the name Rachel Krall, it’s instantly recognizable. She is known for her Podcast “Guilty or Not Guilty” which is now in it’s 3rd Season and which will be its most controversial yet - focusing on the topic of sexual assault in the small town of Neapolis. Rachel is going to cover a rape trial as it unfolds. It’s he said, she said and it’s going to be a doozy.
To make matters even more dicey, while in town, Rachel begins receiv ...more
Just when I thought I was getting my groove back with thrillers along comes this one, and I again think that thrillers just might not be my thing right now. Especially with thrillers that take on some series themes and with everything going on right now, I am finding some dark realities are not as exciting as they used to be for me. I find myself que ...more
This is the second book that I've read lately that turns a "thriller" sideways. What scares you? Well reality should and this book shows the truth people deal with in towns after not only a brutalizing event but then the af ...more
Megan Goldin wrote the heck out of The Night Swim! When I began, I had my doubts, as it tackles a topic I find hard to read about. However, once I started listening I could not stop!
I have never listened to podcasts before but now I see why people love them so much. It was really interesting listening to the episodes of the podcast whic ...more
I don't know what I'm Earth possesses me to request things like this.
Maybe, the reviews of my Goodreads friend's? Maybe the popularity of the author? I haven't a clue.
So really, take this piffling review with a grain of salt.
I didn't like it. Obviously. That's all I'm going to say. I never should have even tried to read this. I'll give it 3 stars, because many liked it.
Just know that some stories should come with trigger warnings. This is one of th ...more
Between getting a new puppy, starting piano lessons and not having NEARLY as much time as I would love to have on Goodreads (I’m really missing everybody), I almost forgot to post my review for this fantastic book!
I really enjoyed reading The Night Swim. This was my first Megan Goldin book, but now I really, really want to go and read The Escape Room as soon as I can.
Rachel Krall has become very well known (by her voice only - not appearance) since launching her true crime pod ...more
That’s the thing about mistakes. Not all of them can be fixed.
Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for sending me an ARC of The Night Swim in exchange for an honest review.
I greatly enjoyed last year’s The Escape Room. It was an unserious romp of a thriller, predictable but entertaining. When I read the plot of The Night Swim—essentially Sarah Koenig from the Serial podcast covering the Brock Turner rape trial, but with the added twist of also investigating a maybe murder from 25 years ag ...more
This was a riveting read that had me engrossed from page one.
I really liked Goldin's writing. Also, her characters were great.
My favorite part, though? The setting. I love books about small, seaside towns and this book was that and more. It was haunting and atmospheric...and I know I will be thinking about Jenny for a long time to come.
I will definitely read more from this author. ...more
Defending Jacob meets Good Girl's Guide to Murder in Megan Goldin's latest novel, The Night Swim. The plot was a whirlwind of podcast, backstories and a battle of he said, she said. First and foremost I want to give it to Goldin for creating a story so powerful and needed. Her take of rape culture and victim blaming felt raw and hurtful. There were those parts that moved me with rage, disappointment and shame ...more
Megan worked as a journalist for Reuters, the Australian ABC and Yahoo! News before writing her debut psychological thriller The Girl In ...more