The Night Swim by Megan Goldin Book Review

Delve into a gripping tale of mystery and justice in Megan Goldin’s “The Night Swim.” This novel takes readers on a journey through the complexities of a small town trial and a podcast producer’s quest for truth. With its intriguing premise and well-developed characters, “The Night Swim” promises to keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.

Sneak Peak

“The Night Swim” follows true crime podcast producer Rachel Krall as she investigates a controversial rape trial in a North Carolina town. As Rachel unravels the details of the trial, she also receives mysterious letters from a woman begging for help in solving her sister’s cold case from 25 years ago. With past and present intertwining, Rachel finds herself entangled in a web of secrets and danger that threaten to consume her.

My Take

Goldin weaves a compelling narrative that hooks readers from the start. The dual timelines of the trial and the cold case create a sense of unease and suspense, propelling the story forward. The characters are well-drawn and complex, particularly Rachel, whose tenacity and vulnerability make her a relatable protagonist. The exploration of difficult themes such as sexual assault and the complexities of seeking justice adds depth to the novel.

One aspect that stands out is Goldin’s ability to keep readers guessing until the end. The twists and turns in the plot kept me engaged and eager to uncover the truth behind the mysteries presented. However, at times, the pacing felt slightly slow, especially in the courtroom scenes, which could have been more concise.

What Makes the Book Unique

“The Night Swim” stands out for its exploration of important social issues within the framework of a gripping thriller. Goldin deftly tackles subjects like consent, victim blaming, and the power dynamics at play in small communities. The incorporation of the podcast format adds an innovative element to the storytelling, giving readers a glimpse into the world of investigative journalism and the impact of true crime narratives.

The nuanced portrayal of characters and the nuanced handling of sensitive topics elevate “The Night Swim” into a thought-provoking read that goes beyond the typical thriller genre.


In conclusion, “The Night Swim” by Megan Goldin is a riveting novel that blends mystery, social commentary, and psychological suspense. With its intricate plot, compelling characters, and thematic depth, this book is a must-read for fans of thrillers with a powerful message. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a thought-provoking and immersive reading experience.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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