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  • The Past always comes back.

    Many of the thrillers I’ve been reading lately include rape or sexual assault. I haven’t been seeking these out, but since #metoo and people talking more about rape, many more authors have been writing about it. Write what you know or write with the times. Some of these books have been very good, while I’ve felt others wrote about this topic because it’s currently in the media, but they really should have looked for a different angle. I don’t care why Megan Goldin decided to write The Night Swim, because it’s been the best recently written book I’ve read about rape. And I also want to mention that I read this book in one sitting, which I haven’t done in a long time. It was so good I needed to find out what was going to happen. Goldin combines two stories into one, with a girl, Jenny, who drowned over 20 years ago and a rape trial that is happening now. The way they are weaved together is masterful. There is also a stalker involved who does some really creepy things to get Rachel’s attention. Goldin leaves plenty of clues in the story so the reader feels as if they are part of the jury trying to discern what information is pertinent, and as a sleuth following Rachel around as she tries to find out what happened to Jenny all those years ago. Some things I saw coming, and you will too, if you pay attention. But there were still a few surprises, which made this book even better. I highly recommend The Night Swim, as well as Goldin’s other book, The Escape Room.

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  • Emotional excellent read

    Podcasts. It has been a long time since I enjoyed one. This story centers around a podcast reporter, who investigates current issues and a past mystery. It is disturbing on many levels as it deals with abuse, rape and the emotional results. This was not a quick read, I found myself putting the book down with disgust, then picking it back up because the story draws you back, but it is a hard read. Add this to your TBR list, it is sad, emotional and will make you angry at the privilege, abuse and the trial by social media.

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  • A difficult and emotional subject

    Very rarely does a book make me angry and sad in equal measure. The Night Swim has left me devastated and distraught. The writing is excellent and the story was tremendously compelling but I’m having a hard time recommending it to friends. I know that it will rip out their hearts and leave them absolutely shattered. I finished this several days ago but I could not put together coherent thoughts to write a review and I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to think of this book with a clear head. The two main plot-lines are set 25 years apart but both deal with the prevalence of rape culture and the vulnerability of teen girls. Society and the justice system have always failed sexual assault victims and we continue to fail them by victim blaming, forcing them to submit to in-court testimony and cross examination, and allowing trials to be more about the reputations of the victim and the accused and less about actual evidence. With most sexual assaults lacking witnesses testimony becomes a matter of he said/she said. If you can finish this story and not be absolutely livid then you are more hardened than I. This book deals with these serious issues in a masterful way using a fictional podcast and trial proceedings to really get to the core of the story in a very engaging manner. I was riveted and completely involved in the fates of these characters. I was often furious and appalled but I was never bored. This is a really tough book and it evoked a very strong emotional reaction in me. I honestly feel a bit sick to my stomach just thinking about it. I don’t imagine The Night Swim will be for everyone but it packs a hell of a gut punch and I certainly won’t forget it. Thank you to St. Martin's Press for providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review.

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  • Great read. pages fly by

    I am speechless. I should wait to write my review but I have to say The Night Swim is a book that should not be missed. Two rapes, one at trial, one never acknowledged. You will cry , you will cheer , you will be bewildered. A compelling story with twists and turns , didn't see the ending coming. This book will stay with me for a very long time. Thanks to Net Galley and St Martin's Press for allowing me the honor of reading The Night Swim

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  • Excellent - Thought Provoking

    The Night Swim by Megan Goldin Two women traumatized Twenty-five years apart One suffered and died long ago One alive suffering every day Two other women Invested in the traumatized Looking for answers Looking for truth This is more than one story with the lives of four women in two eras enduring a similar traumatic experience. The story is told in chapters that speak of the present as seen through the eyes of Rachel who will be presenting information for the followers of her true crime podcast and what she says in the podcast presentations are interspersed in the story in true time as if shared while she is speaking on her program. The other portion of the story is told in letters and notes written by a person that seems at first to be a stalker but then later proves to have a story she wants Rachel to hear and in hearing she hopes that Rachel will help her find the truth about her sister and perhaps in so doing find justice for Jenny. The trial is also experienced through the eyes of Rachel and I felt as if I were there hearing it beside her. What I liked: * Rachel: a tenacious, insightful, curious, intelligent woman who as a journalist looks for the truth and presents her story without bias…or would like to think she does. I would have enjoyed hearing a bit more of her backstory and wondered if perhaps she might star in a series of books in the future with each one about a podcast she is preparing for. * Hannah: a woman with a childhood nobody should have lived through. I liked the way she was finally ready to find answers, seek justice, and perhaps find a type of closure so she can move on. * K – the rape victim taking her rapist to trial. I was able to see through her experience the travesty rape victims face within the the court/court system * Jenny – I think she was the star of this book even though she was long gone. * The way the clues about the past (and the present) were revealed * The unflinching look at bullying, rape, and other difficult topics in this book * That the truth did finally come out before the end of the story * The look at how people can see the same situation so differently * That this left me caring, thinking, and wishing life could be different * The nightingale… What I did not like: * Knowing that what is was written as fiction in this book is not fiction to those who have experienced what the women in this story did. * Being reminded again that rape victims are put on trial almost more than their rapists * Realizing once again that the courts are not always just or that justice is not always served within courts Did I enjoy this book? Hmm…I did but it was unsettling in some ways and yet very very good Would I read more by this author? Definitely Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars

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