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In The Night Swim, a new thriller from Megan Goldin, author of the "gripping and unforgettable" (Harlen Coben) The Escape Room, a true-crime podcast host covering a controversial trial finds herself drawn deep into a small town's dark past and a brutal crime that took place there years before.

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.

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?

Fiction & PoetryCrime & Thrillers Publisher: Mirror Books Publication Date: 21/01/2021 ISBN-13: 9781913406479  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Megan Goldin worked as a correspondent for Reuters and other media outlets where she covered war, peace, international terrorism and financial meltdowns in the Middle East and Asia. She is now based in Melbourne, Australia where she raises three sons and is a foster mum to Labrador puppies learning to be guide dogs. The Escape Room was her debut novel.

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Megan Goldin is the bestselling author of “The Escape Room”. “The Night Swim” is her latest mystery thriller featuring Rachel Krall, true crime reporter and broadcaster for the ‘Guilty or Not Guilty’ podcast. Arriving at the small town of Neapolis, North Carolina to cover the devastating rape trial of local champion swimmer Scott Blair, accused of raping sixteen year old Kelly Moore, Rachel also becomes embroiled in an old town death of a young girl called Jenny. After finding a note on her windscreen from Jenny’s sister Hannah, Rachel is intrigued enough to make enquiries over the suspicious drowning that happened twenty five years ago. As more and more contact is made anonymously from Hannah and as Rachel investigates, it becomes apparent that all is not what it seems and quite possibly it was murder and not an accident as first deemed. Along side this Rachel is still covering the live rape trial and doing her own investigating and it isn’t long before similarities between the two events start to appear. I loved how this book was narrated - Rachel and the story/trial as it progresses, Hannah’s recount of events leading up to Jenny’s death and the live podcast editions as they are broadcasted. This is a very hard story to read regarding rape and sexual abuse and not for the faint hearted. Brutal, heart wrenching and emotional, I still found this an engrossing read and was intrigued by the trial and the cross-examining of the witnesses. Easy to follow and with characters I either found endearing or hated in equal measure (the sign of very well written book), this was easily a five star read and another excellent start to my reading year. I am interested in reading “The Escape Room” too and I will definitely be following this author in the future. If court room thrillers with a mystery to solve and a hard hitting storyline is to your enjoyment then you should love the thrilling “The Night Swim”. 5 stars

- 13/01/2021
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This is an author new to me and she really knows how to keep readers in the palm of her hand! Rachel Krall became an overnight sensation thanks to her true crime podcast. Taking it to the next level, she travels to a small town where she has secured permission to attend court each day and record her podcast each evening for a rape trial which is dividing the population. Normally able to work in anonymity as, of course, it's her voice which is recognisable and not her face, Rachel is surprised to find a note on her windshield begging for her help. Someone knows who she is - should she be worried? As the notes continue and the trial gets underway, Rachel finds her attention divided; along with the case she's hearing about in court there also seems to be a historic case which is piquing her interest. Uncovering more details, she is concerned about the possibility of a connection between both cases. Now, I'm a bit sceptical when it comes to blurb about books; I tend to take it all with a pinch of salt but the comments on this one are spot on. It is thrilling beyond measure! I especially love to tackle a completely different take on a situation and this is certainly that. Our experience of the crime in the trial comes through Rachel's presence in court, whilst both her and our knowledge of the cold case comes through the letters which she keeps finding in the strangest of places. There is never a dull moment in this one .. it races on with the story and I could hardly bear to put it down until I got to the nitty-gritty. The ending is unexpected and rather spectacular, as well as being so very, very satisfying. I honestly had no idea where this one was heading so my only choice was to go with the flow and it was a bit of a white water ride with excitement all the way! Highly recommended. I'm trying to be much stricter with my ratings this year, but there is absolutely no reason for this novel not to have the full five stars.

- 04/01/2021
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