The Night Swim by Megan Goldin. (2020).
**4.5 out of 5 stars**
Rachel has a super popular true-crime podcast. She’s used to being recognised for her voice, but not her face. That’s why it’s extremely unsettling when she finds a note on her car, begging for help while she is on her way to a small being torn apart by a rape trial. The local golden boy and future Olympic swimmer Scott has been accused of raping the granddaughter, Kelly, of a respected police chief. Rachel throws herself into the case but the mysterious letters keep coming from a woman called Hannah. Hannah’s sister Jenny drowned 25 years ago in the small town but Hannah insists she was murdered. Then Rachel uncovers startling connections between the two cases. What she finds will change not just the course of Scott’s trial, but the lives of everyone involved.
I loved this author’s previous novel, The Escape Room, so I was super excited for this one and it did not disappoint at all! I will say that obviously the storyline will be triggering for some readers as the book is about rape and is quite detailed in some parts. With such an emotional subject, the reader can expect to be mentally affected. If this is a topic that you can handle, I would highly recommend this book. I was enthralled from the very beginning and while Scott’s trial was a focal point, I was definitely drawn more to Jenny’s story which is told in the form of flashbacks from her sister Hannah. Jenny’s story is nothing less than horrifying. Kelly’s is also very traumatic. The full connections between the two different cases are revealed at the explosive end. I found this intense and dark book to be extremely well-written and excellent overall and would happily recommend.