Sunday, August 23, 2020

The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Pages: 352 pages
Published: August 2020

The Night Swim by Megan Goldin was one of my Book of the Month selections for August. The plot centers around Rachel Krall, a former investigative journalist who now headlines a widely popular true crime podcast. In the opening of the book, the reader learns that the protagonist is on her way to a fiction town in North Carolina to cover the rape trial of the town's celebrity athlete who is accused of assaulting a younger teen girl. If this sounds familiar, it's because that part of the plot is very similar to real-life Brock Turner case. On her way to town, a letter is left on the windshield of her car regarding another case that happened 25 years earlier. As the story goes on, we find the two cases intertwined and Rachel in some pretty dangerous situations as her investigative spirit gets the best of her in searching for the truth in both.  

As a fan of mystery thrillers and true crime podcasts, I found this book to be completely captivating. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. When I was forced to, I would open it back up as soon as I had free time to read again. Goldin has done a good job with a very sensitive subject. At times I wondered if she is a survivor of sexual assault in the persuasive stance she took on the topic and how she described the logistical aftermath of a rape and its resulting emotional trauma. Goldin is able to paint a vivid picture with her writing, putting the reader right in the middle of the story. And that cover art is pretty alluring as well, wouldn't you agree?

Recommendation: I would definitely recommend this book, if you're looking for a quick mystery thriller, but beware of emotional triggers. 

Until next time ... Read on!

Regardless of whether I purchase a book, borrow a book, or receive a book in exchange for review, my ultimate goal is to be honest, fair, and constructive. I hope you've found this review helpful.


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