The Night Swim

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Author: Megan Goldin Publishing date: Aug 14 2020

Crime, courage and jury are the three words that come to my mind after reading “The Night Swim” written by Megan Goldin. A harrowing tale of a town divided by the upcoming heartbreaking trial. A trial that is being podcast for the world to make their verdict. A trial that is full of deep emotion and a deep, dark connection to the past.

Rachel is a host of a popular crime podcast series. A series that covers the investigation and trial of well known cases as it is happening. This is a rape trial in a small town on the coast of North Carolina. However, when Rachel arrives at the start of the trial, things take an unexpected turn, when she finds a note on her windshield from her biggest fan Hannah. In the note Hannah is asking for help to solve what happened to her sister Jenny in the summer of 92’. It was ruled a accidental drowning back then but Hannah believes it was murder!

This book does not shy away from the hard topics. Starting with the gruesome details from the current rape case to the gruesome case that took place in the summer of 1992. The crimes that take place in this books are unthinkable and heartbreaking.

The courage that was shown by the victim in this trial is outstanding. The strength that it her to relive that nightmare is inspiring all in the name of justice in this case. It has me thinking about the courage that it took Christine Blasey Ford to sit before The United States Senate and retell her own nightmare back in college. Never mind retelling that horror for just a courtroom. She had to do it for the whole world to watch. I am inspired by all women who are able to retell their story and become stronger for it.

This story got me thinking about the criminal justice and jury system. How we has Americans have the privilege to be on a jury be the deciding factor in these cases. To think that ordinary people have the power to change someone’s life in some cases for the rest of their lives is a huge responsibility and pressure but on the upside it is impactful and so important.

Overall this book scored a 4 star on my scale. It was a captivating story. I was able to read it in 4 days. I fell in love and was rooting for these characters. There was times when I was confused in what time period I was reading because it is dealing with two different generations. There was times when I had to take a breather from reading because it was so detailed and gruesome. However, I felt that it was a story that needed to be written to bring these situations light. It was beautifully written as well. I would recommend this book to anyone that loves crimes and thrillers.

The Bright Lands

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Acceptance, Secrets and Family are the 3 words that come to my mind after reading “The Bright Lands” by John Fram. A horror thriller about the secrets with deathly consequences that are being held by beloved members of a small town.

Dylan Whitley is the star quarterback and beloved member of the small town of Bentley, Texas. After leading his team to the state championships, Dylan goes missing the week before the big game. Now Joel Whitley a disgrace member of the town and Dylan’s older brother must return to his hometown after running away 10 years prior to help find his younger brother. Leading Joel to relive aspects of his past to bring about the truth of× the present.

Between the secrets, horror, and thriller aspects of this story, it keeps the reader captivated from beginning to end just wanting to see what happens next. With an ending that will have you speechless! At the same time begging for more!

In his debut novel John Fram does an amazing job by inserting real life aspects into this horror/thriller/ mystery novel. It gets the reader having deeper thoughts about the atmosphere that small towns can leave on such young minds. The expectations that smalls town create on their members and at time the corrupt nature and lasting effects they can leave as well.

I would recommend “The Bright Lands” to anyone who enjoys Thrillers with horror aspects, that will have you on the edge of your seat.