The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Wow! This book just blew me away! I was just expecting something different, I’m not sure what. Maybe more of an always running from the killer kind of story, but this was something totally different, and I loved it!

The main character runs an extremely popular podcast series where she covers crimes and has solved one for her past two seasons. This year, she decides she’s going to cover a live trial of a rape case and update her followers daily so they can feel like they are a part of the jury. Just before arriving in town, she receives a mysterious letter on her windshield that leads her down a path to 25 year old death that she can’t let go. She finds herself balancing the current case with this old case that no one seems to want to talk about.

The characters created by Megan Goldin make this book so hard to put down. The main character Rachel is so smart and headstrong, and I just loved her so much! I enjoyed how she balanced the old and new cases, always following her gut instincts. She is just a main character that I really want to read more about! All the supporting characters created mystery and big personalities. It made the overall story just perfect!

Overall, I absolutely loved this book! I loved the dual storyline and the choices the author made in when and where information was revealed. It was all masterfully pieced together, creating the perfect story. I REALLY hope that Megan Goldin creates a series out of this!

Content Warnings:

The current case as well as the previous case that are being investigated are rape cases. There are detailed accounts of what the victims went through during and in the aftermath.

To Read or Not To Read:

I would recommend The Night Swim to any reader that enjoys a strong female lead, a mystery, and some legal/courtroom drama!

Where to Find This Book:

The Night Swim by Megan Goldin is available at these sites.

Amazon~ Goodreads


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?

Just the Facts:

The Night Swim by Megan Goldin
Genre: Thriller / Mystery
Page Count: 352 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Pub Date: Aug 4, 2020


I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.

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