The Night Swim begins when true crime podcaster Rachel Krall is heading to Neapolis, North Carolina to start the third season of her popular series Guilty or Not Guilty. She’ll be covering the trial of Scott, a young man who is a hometown hero, a champion swimmer who is bound for the Olympics. He is charged with the rape of sixteen year old Kelly, referred during the trial as “K”. Both of their families have long histories within this small community.
While preparing for the trial to begin, Rachel starts receiving letters from Hannah, a former resident of Neapolis who begs for her help. Hannah’s sister Jenny died twenty-five years earlier and her death was ruled a drowning. Hannah is convinced her sister was murdered.
As Rachel is covering the courtroom drama, we see the tough road rape victims face in trial. The details are disturbing as Rachel is trying to present an unbiased account of the proceedings. She’s trying to stay focused on the trial but the on-going letters from Hannah are haunting her and she decides to help. What unfolds are two cases where the truth needs to come out.
Author Megan Goldin has such an excellent, fast-paced writing style that you’ll be hooked from the start. The subject matter is tough but Rachel is such a smart, clever character that it is enjoyable to follow her in action. Hopefully Goldin will bring her back in a future book.
Many thanks to Edelweiss, St. Martin’s Press and the author for an advance copy of this intriguing book.
Rated 4.25 out of 5 stars.
Mystery / Thriller.
Publication Date: August 4, 2020.
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