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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Review: The Other Girl by Erica Spindler


Print Length: 352 pages
Publisher: St.Martin's Press (August 22, 2017)

From Goodreads.com: Officer Miranda Rader of the Hammond PD in Louisiana is known for her honesty, integrity, and steady hand in a crisis—but that wasn’t always so. Miranda comes from Jasper, just south of Hammond, a place about the size of a good spit on a hot day, and her side of the tracks was the wrong one. She’s worked hard to leave the girl she used to be behind and earn respect in her position as an officer.

However, when Miranda and her partner are called to investigate the murder of one of the town’s most beloved college professors, they’re unprepared for the gruesomeness of the scene. This murder is unlike any they’ve ever investigated, and just when Miranda thinks she’s seen the worst of it, she finds a piece of evidence that chills her to the core: a faded newspaper clipping about a terrible night from her long-buried past. Then another man turns up dead, this one a retired cop, and not just any cop—Clint Wheeler, the cop who took her statement that night. Two murders, two very different men, two killings that on the surface had nothing in common—except Miranda. 15 years ago.

And when her fingerprints turn up at the scene of the first murder, Miranda once again finds herself under the microscope, her honesty and integrity doubted, her motivations questioned. Alone again, the trust of her colleagues shattered, Miranda must try to trust the instincts she’s pushed down for so long, and decide what’s right—before it’s too late. 

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My Rating: 4 stars out of 5
This was a fast paced, and well put together "whodunit" kind of thriller that will keep you glued to the pages and guessing at every turn! I loved these characters, even if I did find myself occasionally wanting to shake Miranda for not following proper police procedure and rushing head-long into things (which as you know typically does not end well). 

There were times when I thought I had everything figured out, only to have my suppositions shattered within the next few pages. There were several good twists and turns that make this story well worth the read. Usually I find stories that jump between past and present events hard to follow, however thankfully, that was not the case with this one. The author presented it in such a way that not only made it easy to follow, but also that helped add detail to the "present" story. 

Overall, I am sure this story will definitely appeal to those who enjoy a good thriller novel, and I would read more from this author! 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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                                 The Other Girl is available from Amazon.com

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