In The Night Swim, Rachel is the host of a popular true crime podcast, Guilty or Not Guilty. Trying to up her game even further, she is covering a trial live for season 3. But when she finds a fan’s note on her windshield begging for help, she also digs into a cold case.
Alternating between transcripts of the podcast, and Rachel and her fan’s viewpoint, The Night Swim is a captivating look into small town life. It also has a larger point to make about how society blames the victim for her own sexual assault. Speaking about assault, the book is full of it—though nothing graphic. However, if that is a trigger for you, it is best to skip this tale.
The chapters about the trial are the best part of the plot for me. Unfortunately, there was a bit too much foreshadowing of the villain’s identity in the cold case. I guessed who he was early on. And the risks Rachel takes, especially meeting her possible stalker in remote locations, seems stupid. Overall, it is a slow-boiling mystery rather than a nail-biting thriller. And it might be slightly too easy to solve for all of us armchair detectives out there. 3 stars.
Thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.