The Night Swim – Megan Goldin

This was a highly anticipated read for me and it didn’t disappoint.  I love a courtroom drama so this definitely ticked the boxes.

Renowned for her true crime podcasts Rachel decides to do something a little different for her latest one.  Follow a trial live as its happening.  A local college student is accused of raping a high school student after a party one night in a small town where everyone seems to know everyone.  The boy is a local legend, an acclaimed swimmer headed for the Olympics, while the girl is a popular teen, who just happens to be the granddaughter of the police chief.  It has all the hallmarks of a great he said she said story.

Thrown into the mix is a side story that at first I found a little confusing.  Ex local girl Hannah mysteriously starts stalking Rachel while she is trying to cover the trial.  Desperate to draw her attention to the death of her sister over twenty years earlier when she drowned at the local beach.  Hannah is convinced her sister’s death was foul play and will stop at nothing to have her story heard.

The more Hannah’s story unfolded the more hooked I became, almost to the point where it overshadowed the trial storyline itself.

Although I don’t normally list trigger warnings, there are definitely a few parts of the book where I felt upset and appalled and anyone who has had to deal with any form of assault may find difficult to read.  The author has built into the storyline with a lot of detail, but it’s not out of place and sensationalised for shock value which I think is important to note. I think she’s actually done an incredible job.

An absolute page turner that had the perfect amount of suspense and build up throughout.  This was so close to being a 5 star read for me but I couldn’t quite get over the line with the ending.  I don’t want to spoil anything, and please don’t get me wrong, it’s not that the ending let the book down, there was just a certain outcome that I found frustrating regarding a certain character….hmmm…can I be any more vague. 

For those that have read it, do you know who/what I mean?  Would love to know your thoughts. 

The Night Swim definitely deserves all the rave reviews it’s been receiving.