Wednesday, August 12, 2020

#MacmillanAudio Review of The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

When I saw The Night Swim come across my desk it was put high on the tbr pile but when #MacmillanAudio offered it to me I snatched it right up. This was my first experience with the diabolical Ms. Goldin but rest assured this will not be my last. Enjoy my review of The Night Swim by Megan Goldin Narrated by-Bailey Carr, January LaVoy & Samantha Desz. 

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Release Date: 8-04-2020

 9 hours- 59 minutes
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Buy It: Audible


“A blistering plot and crisp writing make The Night Swim an unputdownable read.” –Sarah Pekkanen, bestselling author of The Wife Between Us

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 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 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.

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My Macmillan Audio Review:

The Night Swim
Megan Goldin

Goldin’s excellent new thriller The Night Swim is a timely tale about long buried secrets with Pandora’s box consequences. Set in a small coastal town that has grown exponentially in the time between the current and twenty-five-year old cold case where the backdrops are both breathtaking and treacherous and most of the characters are not what they seem. The main protagonist Rachel is very genuine and likeable and her podcaster role is brilliant and timely, while Hannah her costar is a heartbreaking enigma. The story is fast paced but about halfway through Goldin’s brilliance explodes as she weaves her diabolical twists and turns giving the audience a bad case of whiplash and picking their jaws off the floor by “the end”. If you love a good mystery that isn’t easy to figure out and characters who will stay with you long after the read is over are fans of Hank Phillipi Ryan or JT Ellison then The Night Swim needs to be on your shelf.
The Macmillan audio version of the book is definitely the way to go, the narrators
Bailey Carr, January LaVoy & Samantha Desz are wonderful. January makes a very impressive Rachel but each narrator fits their roles perfectly and puts just the right amount of feelings in just the right places making it hard to remove those earbuds.

Journalist and host of the successful true crime podcast Guilty or Not Guilty Rachel Krall has decided to shake things up for season three. She will be covering a live rape case being tried in the small coastal town of Neapolis. The accused is an Olympic swimming hopeful and his accuser is the sixteen-year-old granddaughter of the town’s legendary Police Chief. Rachel knows the case has split the town in two but she’s determined to cover the case objectively. But before the trial even begins Rachel starts receiving cryptic letters from Hannah, the younger sister of Jenny Stills, a girl who drowned tragically twenty five years earlier, only Hannah insists Jenny’s death was a murder not an accident like was reported all those years ago and she’s begging Rachel to help her finally uncover the truth. Rachel has to admit that Hannah has peaked her interest so in between covering the trial Rachel starts investigating Jenny’s death. What she finds is a case that was never handled correctly and a town who have short memories about what really happened the night Jenny died.

About the author:
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.


  1. Oh yes, this one sounds like a riveting thriller. I love the cold case investigation angle.

  2. Oh yes, this is exactly what I love. Wonderful review!

  3. Sounds perfect for any thriller lover and I know January LaVoy is a great narrator and no doubt the others too.