Ever since her true-crime podcast became an overnight sensation and set an innocent man free, Rachel Krall has become a household name – and the last hope for people seeking justice. But she’s used to being recognised 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 new season of Rachel’s podcast has brought her to a small town being torn apart by a devastating rape trial. A local golden boy, a swimmer destined for Olympic greatness, has been accused of raping the beloved granddaughter of the police chief. Under pressure to make Season 3 a success, Rachel throws herself into her investigation – but the mysterious letters keep coming. 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 insist she was murdered – and when Rachel starts asking questions, nobody in town wants to answer. The past and present start to collide as Rachel uncovers startling connections between the two cases – and a revelation that will change the course of the trial and the lives of everyone involved.
The Night Swim is definitely one of the best psychological thrillers I’ve read so far this year -one of those addictive, beautifully written novels that grips you at page one and doesn’t let go.
I’ve been listening to a lot of true crime podcasts recently, it’s a new obsession of mine, so the fact that there is one featured around the edges of this intriguing, atmospheric story certainly helped me enjoy it even more- but ultimately it was the characters and their experiences that made The Night Swim a must read.
At turns haunting, emotionally charged and scarily realistic this book takes some of the definitive socially relevant themes and throws the reader into a twisted and utterly believable narrative where the intricate entwining of past and present leads to a final and heart wrenching resolution. You can’t look away and Megan Goldin’s creative, involving prose holds you in thrall from first page to last.