Rachel Krall has a crime podcast that aims to put listeners inside the jury box.
Fresh off a successful season, her podcast takes her to the small coastal town of Neopolis, NC, where an Olympic swim team hopeful has been accused of raping a 16-year-old girl.
The book also weaves in the story of a young girl from the same town who died 20 years before. Her death was presumed to be an accidental drowning.
The stories were both heartbreaking and gripping. It was interesting how the stories were intertwined in the end. As a North Carolinian who grew up in a small town, I was intrigued by the setting. Goldin captured small-town life well, with its gossip and long-held allegiances.
I enjoyed this book a lot more than The Escape Room. The two books couldn’t have been more different. I cared more about the characters in The Night Swim. I was utterly invested in their lives and in the outcomes of the two cases.
I want to read another Megan Goldin book simply to see if it is different still – or similar to one of the two I’ve already read. I love it when an author can keep you guessing in multiple ways!