Seeking Justice through Podcasts

Megan Goldin’s “The Night Swim” is a thrilling read that is impossible to put down.


Megan Goldin

“The Night Swim” by Megan Goldin

Lena Siscoe, Staff Writer

Megan Goldin, the author of “The Night Swim” is a real life story about a rape trial that is tearing a town apart. The book is devastating but it is fulfilling to read as you see a world of justice and uprising voices projected during a trial of an unsolved death. 

The Night Swim goes between two narratives, Rachel a famous podcaster, and Hannah, the younger sister of Jenny Stills whose death has been unsolved for the last twenty-five years. Rachel creates podcasts as a platform to share voices who have been silenced regarding subjects such as sexual assault. Ever since her podcasts became an overnight sensation, Rachel Krall has become the last hope for Jenny Stills seeking justice for her sister. Rachel is used to being recognized for her voice, not her face, which makes the book all more unsettling when she finds a note on her car windshield addressed to her begging for help. Rachel is intrigued by the flood of notes beginning to appear on her car. She decides to start investigating potential suspects mentioned in the notes. After a few weeks of Rachel investigating, the past and present start to collide as she uncovers unsettling connections about Jenny Stills death. Rachel is able to uncover a great discovery that will change the path of the trial and the lives of everyone involved.

The Night Swim is one of the most interesting reads out there. The book is so mysterious that it was hard to put down. It left me asking questions and wanting to keep reading to find answers. The Night Swim is a book perfect for people who seek justice and for whom love a mature and well written book. Megan Goldin has perfectly described details of a lot of aspects in real life trail cases of murder and sexual assault. All of the sensory detail is what made this book so amazing to read.

Despite the content, I admire this story a lot Megan Goldin took on this subject with pride and her book is powerful. Megan spent time researching sexual assault and it shows in this book how deep she wants justice for victims of sexual assault. This book will stick with me for a long time and give me new perspectives on life. It’s devastating for the character of Jenny Stills and the brutality surrounding her death left me feeling gut-wrenched.