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Loved the sequel to night swim! We continued to learn more about Rachel Krall and her podcast focused on true crime. However, this time hits close when she’s asked to visit a prisoner set for release. It was action from the very start! Loved the book, hope this isn’t the end of Rachel Krall!

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So far, this is my favorite Megan Goldin title!

Rachel Krall is a popular podcaster who has recently gotten an innocent man out of jail for a crime he didn't commit. Now, she's on a plane down to Florida to a prison because a prisoner there wants to speak with her and the FBI has agreed. But when she gets there, everyone is confused and nothing is quite how it seems.

I really liked the "podcast" type format of this book; it was very intriguing. The story was well written and I was kept guessing for most of the book, which is the best type of mystery/thriller!

I did feel like the ending was a little abrupt and didn't wrap it up quite as I would've preferred, but to each their own. I would recommend this title if you are a mystery/thriller fan.

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Maybe it’s just me, but I am not a huge fan of the “influencer” take in books. This is just a personal preference but it was a bit hard to get into and stay interested

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I will read any and all Rachel Krall books Megan Goldin writes! I love the podcasting investigation aspect, and I think it is really in the moment, this one particularly because of the way Goldin explores influencer culture while looking at suspects!

I really enjoyed the plot twists and the interconnectedness of the characteristics.

The only thing I didn’t buy into was the romance aspect of this.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for my arc of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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This wasn't an awful read, but I found some parts to be unrealistic. I enjoyed the story line, but didn't feel connected to the characters. Looking forward to Goldin's next book!

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After reading her first book featuring the character, Rachel Krall, a true crime podcast host, I was excited to see another one come out. This time, Rachel gets caught up with the FBI to help find Madison, another influencer who goes missing and they believe Terence Bailey, who is set to get out of prison has something to do with the disappearence.

This book was a great page twisty page turner. I enjoy how Megan Goldin writes the story and brings in chapters of Rachel's podcast episodes as the story is unfolding. I hope to see more of Rachel Krall in the future. Definitely pick this up if mystery/thrillers are your cup of tea. I don't think you need to read the first before reading this one but I recommend that book as well.

Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the advanced reader copy of this book.

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I enjoyed Night Swim and Rachell Krall's character. I was glad Megan Goldin decided to bring her back.

Rachel is an athlete but she is better known as a true crime podcaster. Rachel is called by the FBI to come to Florida. A prisoner, Terence Bailey has shown a desire to speak with her after being visited by a famous influencer, Maddison Logan. Terence is in prison for breaking and entering but he is suspected of the murder of six sex workers. In forty-eight hours his release is imminent and the FBI will ask for any help trying to keep him locked up for life.

Rachel is intrigued about why he is asking for her and even more so when she learns that Maddison has gone missing too. A video shows someone possibly abducting her. Does this mean that Terence had an accomplice?

Rachel decides to infiltrate BuzzCon, an influencer meeting. She will go undercover using her athlete's account instead of her true crime persona. The more Rachel learns about Maddison and the other influencers the more questions she has. Has someone kidnapped her or has she created this to increase her followers count? What is the connection with Terence? and is there a second killer?

I enjoyed this one but not as much as the Night Swim. I like Rachel although, at times, I thought she put herself in danger despite the FBI agent telling her to pack her things and go before the serial killer got close to her.

Cliffhanger: No

3.5/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by St. Martin's Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Megan Goldin also wrote The Night Swim which I enjoyed. This book is a contemporary look at the impact of social media and the world of influencers. It follows the disappearance of Maddison Logan a popular influencer who has gone missing. Rachel Krall is investigating her disappearance and infiltrates an influencer convention to find some leads as to what happened to Maddison. She joins forces with Joe Martinez of the FBI but they don't agree on much of anything. Rachel goes to visit a serial killer in prison to get some answers as to why Maddison went to see him right before she went missing. It's a game of cat and mouse, with Rachel exposing her vulnerability to Terrence Bailey, the killer. As I am not a fan of influencers I didn't really connect with this premise. It was just okay for me.

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Book 2 of the Rachel Krall series and I’m real into these books and I highly recommend the audio! There is really something so entertaining about a book with podcast elements as an audio and this didn’t disappoint!
Thank you #StMartinsPress and #NetGalley for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review

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You do not need to have read Night Swim to enjoy this one. I LOVED Night Swim and was so excited to re-visit Rachel.
Dark Corners is a fast paced thriller with great writing and an interesting mystery at its heart. Goldin did a great job keeping me engaged and tying up the mystery by the end. I would recommend for anyone looking for a quick and thrilling read.

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I always beg for Megan Goldin because she is an auto-buy author for me. I loved her previous releases. And, as it turns out, I absolutely loved this one as well.

I love Megan Goldin’s writing. Her pacing and style are on point. She writes in alternative timelines, so you get an accounting of what is currently happening while getting sneaks at the past all throughout the novel which keep me going like a moth to a flame. Her books are simply unputadownable to me.

Oh, and didn’t we love the addition of a love interest in this sequel?!

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Another solid mystery from Goldin. i love the podcast format that she's adopted. Seeing hte mystery unfold in present day, and getting the podcast about the mystery where Rachel knows what has happened gives an ominous feeling to the story that really works. The mystery here was intrgiung - especially because I wasn't sure I couldn't care about some random fictional influencers, but the social media aspect and the larger cast of characters helped the story move forward without relying on only Rachel's investigation. The story - and mystery - was multi-layered and kept me engaged.

Now, I'm not the type of person who tries to solve a mystery before the chracters, so I'm never the best judge of how successful it is, but I can tell you I was engaged and didn't want to put the book down.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest revie

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This was another really good book by this author. I thought that I knew where the story was going but boy was I wrong. This book held my attention and I would recommend it to others.

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This was just silly, and it did not work for me. I really really enjoyed The Night Swim, but this did not do it for me. This was cheesy, and it was not good in my opinion. The Escape Room by Megan Goldin was also really good, I wish this worked for me.

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This one wasn't for me. I am not into the influencer culture so I didn't find it enjoyable. The main character from The Night Swim seems to have undergone a personality renovation which I found jarring and inconsistent from what we learned about her in The Night Swim.

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Wow! I loved the first book in the Rachel Krall series (The Night Swim), but I actually liked this one even more! I just love Rachel's character, and I was happily surprised to find that she had a love interest in this one! I thought this story was really engrossing, and it kept me wanting to turn the pages to find out what was going on.

This book has also given me a new outlook on social media influencers. My main takeaway is that it seems exhausting! Lol

I'm hoping that we will see Rachel Krall in another book soon!

Thank you, @netgalley and @stmartinspress, for the #gifted earc of this book!

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This is book two in this series, but this one could totally be read as a standalone. I did enjoy book 1 Night Swim, a bit more than this one. While some chapters did have a bit of a summary from a podcast feel I missed the mixed media of the first book. Megan gets a mysterious request from the FBI and despite her misgivings agrees to help them, but in her way. Meeting with a man about to be released who is suspected of being a serial killer she tries to find out information but leaves with a vague threat. Posing as an influencer (and to be honest podcaster is pretty related) she investigates a young influencer who has gone missing, the last and only visitor that same inmate had during his incarceration. I thought Rachel was much more reckless in this one and while I understand her need to find the truth I hope she can wisen up and make some better choices.

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Megan Goldin is a truly skilled mystery/thriller writer. This wasn't as great as the first book in this series, but it still manages to be a fast-paced mystery and an honest critique of the justice system Goldin touches on the inhumanity of prisons in the US, the way law enforcement neglects women in certain communities and the negligence of the police when it comes to targeting certain people. Unfortunately, there's also a romance, a social media convention, and a very stinky killer. There is way too much happening, and I wish it got narrowed down to one or two things.

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I enjoyed this every bit as much as The Night Swim and I'm hoping there will be more in the series. I like the podcast component and the addition of the FBI agent. The mystery was solid and really good. Definitely a must read series for mystery lovers.

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy of Dark Corners by Megan Goldin.

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