The Night Swim by Megan Goldin
Release Date - August 4, 2020
Podcaster Rachel Krall finds herself traveling to a coastal town to cover an upcoming rape trial. It's not her usual case, but she's up for the change of pace. Keeping her podcast balanced on the "You Decide" format is important to her, so she's ready to work hard.
Rachel's voice may be recognizable, but she doesn't often get fans who recognize her. After stopping at a diner, she comes out to find a note on her windshield. A woman named Hannah claims her sister was murdered in that same town 25 years ago. Rachel wants to dismiss it, but something about the facts don't add up. The deeper she digs, the more she realizes that there's something off. The secrets to finding out the truth in both cases may come down to unraveling the secrets people in the town are hiding.
This story does revolve heavily around rape and perceptions of rapists and the woman or girls who are victims. It's the he said/she said aspect that you've seen play a part in many cases over the years. The Stanford rape case being one. For me, it goes back so much farther to the Jodie Foster movie "The Accused." I was so angry watching that movie. Every time I see a "she shouldn't have been drinking" or "she should have dressed more appropriately," I get more outraged. When a date rape occurred at a local college and they let the rapist stay enrolled saying the girl invited him to her dorm, what did she expect..." I was also angry.
The Night Swim tapped into that same anger. I loved the message. I loved seeing the reality brought to light. A 7th grade classmate's behavior while he grabbed my boob and yelled "titty twister" thinking it was funny. That teachers refused to do anything because he was troubled was just one of many experiences that I haven't forgotten over the years. The author of The Night Swim is correct. That was a form of assault and something women and girls deal with regularly. It's not right and I love that that is the message that shines through.