Review | Night Swim by Megan Goldin

“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.” 4.5/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: trials, rape kits, small town gossip, podcasts, letters, witnesses, golden boys, secrets and nightingales.

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.

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?

I really liked this book. It’s not an easy book to read in the sense that the topic is very heavy and heartbreaking. If you don’t know this book is about, check the sinopsis below, but it basically talks about topics such as sexual assault and consent – major trigger warnings for this: if it is a sensible topic to you, please know that this book talks about it in a very detailed way.

I am fortunate enough to have never experienced anything like this before, but I can relate to feeling afraid or trying to protect myself the best way I can if I’m walking alone at night (even during the day).

There are so many scenes that made an impact on me, but one that I will never forget was when the girl was in court and she had to answer very intimate questions about the night in question. I can’t imagine the humiliation real victims must feel when they have to talk about such intimate details in a room full of strangers.

The writing is really good and the book is easy to follow. I’m not sure if it’s available, but this would be very interesting to listen to as an audiobook. This book has a lot of podcast entries, so it would be cool to listen to it from the perspective of a podcast fan.

This book made me very uncomfortable, but I’m very happy I read it. This is such an important conversation to have and I highly recommend it to everyone. Consent is not a joke and no is a full sentence.


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