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  • Writer's pictureJenna Miller

The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

This was my Book of the Month pick for August 2020. Check out BOTM if you're interested in a monthly or yearly book subscription plan with new releases, and then older books of all genres to add-on. It can be hit-or-miss at times, but skipping a month is an option I have employed. It's a great way to get newer hardback releases for much less. Here is my Refer A Friend link if you decide to join:

Rachel Krall is the host of a true-crime podcast. Think Serial. After becoming an overnight sensation for setting an innocent man free from prison, she guards her privacy with zeal. No one knows how she looks, only how she sounds. Therefore, she is suitably concerned when someone leaves a note addressed to her on her windshield after she randomly stops for food at a rest area.

Rachel is on her way to Neapolis, North Carolina to cover a controversial rape trial for season three of her podcast. The town golden boy with realistic hopes of becoming an Olympic swimmer has been charged with the rape of the former police chief's 16 year old granddaughter.

The aforementioned note is a desperate woman's plea for Rachel's help solving the 25 year old murder of her 16 year old sister. No one seems that interested in why Jenny Stills "drowned" all those years ago, or if her supposed reputation was a good reason not to investigate. Despite her initial misgivings, Rachel cannot help but be drawn into both crimes presented before her. What is this insular town hiding? Who is telling the truth in this fictional novel?

This was a fast read: suspenseful, heartbreaking, and angering. If you're a fan of Serial, or enjoy suspenseful criminal dramas consider picking it up! Let me know what you think!

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