Thanks to the publisher, St. Martin's Press, via NetGalley, for an advance e-copy in exchange for my honest review. Erica Spindler is a new author for me. I knew she was a popular author so was delighted to get a copy of her latest novel. I can see why she's popular! She certainly knows how to write a well-plotted murder/mystery/suspense/romance book that will grab you at the start and never let you go. There are some twists and turn that keep you guessing. The protagonist is Miranda Rader, a small-town police detective who has turned her life around from a troubled childhood. She came from the "wrong side of the tracks" and had a family who didn't support her when she needed them the most. After spending time in juvenile prison, she decided to make something of her life. The novel involves two time periods: 2002 when Miranda was a 15-year-old and the present time when she is assigned to investigate a grotesque murder. The novel flows effortlessly with well-developed characters. This is a thriller with lots of action, sex, and graphic violence.
The Other Girl : A Novel
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Justice for Sara and The First Wife Erica Spindler comes The Other Girl, a chilling new thriller about a ritualistic murder of a college professor that sends a small town cop back into the trauma she thought she’d put behind her.
"Explosive.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A fantastic thriller from one of the best in the genre!” —RT Reviews
A horrific crime. One witness—a fifteen year old girl from the wrong side of the tracks, one known for lying and her own brushes with the law.
Is it any surprise no one believed her?
Officer Miranda Rader of the Harmony, Louisiana PD is known for her honesty, integrity, and steady hand in a crisis—but that wasn’t always so. Miranda comes from the town of Jasper, 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 earn the respect of her coworkers and the community.
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 brutality 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 that terrible night fifteen years ago. The night she’d buried, along with her past and the girl she’d been back then. Until now that grave had stayed sealed…except for those times, in the deepest part of the night, when the nightmares came: of a crime no one believed happened and the screams of the girl they believed didn’t exist.
Then another man turns up dead, this one a retired cop. Not just any cop—the one who took her statement that night. Two murders, two very different men, two killings that on the surface had nothing in common—except Miranda.
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Randy Rader is a 15-ye...
Randy Rader is a 15-year-old girl with a history of lies and trouble; seemingly on a path to nowhere. She is nearly raped and subsequently kidnapped along with another girl. When she escapes, no one believes her story, including the cop who found her. Instead he arrests her and she winds up facing jail herself. The Other Girl by Erica Spindler picks up again 14 years later as "Randy" is now Miranda Rader. She has straightened out her life and is now a cop herself. Someone who has moved on from her past and become a respected detective. When she is called to the grisly crime scene of a murdered professor, Richard Stark, things start to go downhill. Stark is nearly universally described as a "good guy", but Miranda begins to suspect that there may have been a much darker side to the good professor. When a retired cop also turns up dead, the one who happened to arrest Miranda 14 years ago, Miranda finds herself in the crosshairs. She discovers that her past isn't as far behind her as she thought it was. Miranda must find Stark's killer while also proving that he was a predator himself. And a lot of people in the community don't want that to happen. Strong and well-developed characters are the best part of this novel. Plenty of red herrings and false starts keep the mystery of who the killer is in doubt for quite a while. The plot occasionally hinges on people behaving stupidly, but nevertheless, it is a compelling mystery with plenty of tension, including some romantic tension. Miranda is an interesting character and the small town of Harmony, Louisiana comes alive in this distinctive setting. Spindler has a good feel for capturing small town life. An entertaining thriller. The audiobook is narrated by Tavia Gilbert who does a wonderful job. Her character voices are distinctive and she expertly conveys mood, emotion and tension where called for in the story. Her pacing sweeps you along and complements the writing and the story. I was fortunate to receive an advance copy of this audiobook from the publisher.
Miranda has overcome a...
Miranda has overcome a lot in her life. She was attacked when she was young, arrested for pot, sent to juvie, and basically disowned by her family. She overcame all these things to become a detective. But, her past has come back to haunt her and take her down. Miranda was raised hard and she is a tough, no nonsense detective. So of course I related to her right away...strong women hit the right spot with me. She is living in a mans world determined to overcome and she succeeds. Then a murder occurs. One which cause so much havoc and trauma she may lose all of what she has achieved. I hate it when innocent people are accused of something they did not do. It frustrates the devil out of me. I know this type of plot makes a good storyline and it works! I just read faster and faster trying to get Miranda out of this mess. Which is exactly what the author intended. This is a fast paced read. If I had not been working, I probably would have finished this in one sitting. This has a wonderful rhythm. However, it is just a regular mystery. I very seldom mention the price of a book...that is up to the reader on whether it is worth their money. But, $12.99 for this ebook. Not sure it is worth that money. I received this novel from Netgalley for a honest review.
A short but thought-pr...
A short but thought-provoking read, Erica Spindler's "The Other Girl" is reminiscent of something from Investigation Discovery. Detective Miranda Rader has worked hard to overcome her less-than-idyllic childhood, but when she is called to the scene of a particularly brutal homicide, the pigeons come home to roost. Her past and present collide, and she must come to terms with both if she wants to move forward. This novel mixes a police procedural with romantic elements and suspense, and it does contain one graphic scene as well as sexual situations and language. Despite being short, the plot does not seem rushed and it is wrapped up neatly in the end. The crime itself is an all-too-plausible scenario, and Miranda's perseverance inspirational, making this an interesting read.
The Other Girl by Eric...
The Other Girl by Erica Spindler Source: Netgalley My Rating: 4/5 stars My Review: Fifteen years is a very long time to spend outrunning your past, but Miranda Rader has been doing so and that run has been fueled by more than a little anger and sheer determination. That night, that one single night fifteen years ago scared Miranda straight and since then she has used her iron will power to forge a life beyond what everyone in her small town thought she would be. As a kid, Miranda was willful and stubborn and living in an environment that didn't exactly enforce the rules. She was used to being in trouble and if it weren't for the kidnapping, she likely would have ended up in jail or worse. Instead, she and another poor unfortunate girl were taken and assaulted by a psychopath who enjoyed the mental torture as much as the physical. Though Miranda escaped before the truly awful could happen to her, she wasn't able to convince anyone, the police included of her story which meant, the other girl was left in the hands of a sick man. Turns out, when you've been proven a liar in the past and been in loads of trouble, people are less apt to believe you. Over the past fifteen years, Miranda has often wondered about and felt tremendously guilty over the girl she left behind all those years ago. In her own way, Miranda has spent the past fifteen years working to right that wrong. As a cop, she helps those in need and brings to justice, those who have wronged others. She is dedicated to her job, an asset to her department, and loyal to a fault. That is, until she's called to the scene of a vicious and clearly personal murder that shakes the foundation of Miranda's carefully constructed world and causes her doubt everything and everyone around her. From the moment she's brought into the murder of the beloved professor, Miranda knows there is more to the story than anyone is letting on. Each new clue, each new bit of evidence, and each new statement convinces Miranda of a deeper plot that has something (perhaps everything) to do with that fateful night so many years ago. On the surface, the two events couldn't possibly be related, but Miranda is very good at her job and she isn't willing to let justice slide no matter who may be brought down in the pursuit. All Miranda can hope for it to find the big bads before her own career and life are taken away from her. The Bottom Line: The Other Girl was my first Erica Spindler read and I'm sure glad I started here. Miranda is a top-notch character with a drive that can only be described as relentless. As her awful past comes crashing into her present and future, Miranda must fight to preserve what she's built, even in the face of betrayal. Just like that night fifteen years ago, Miranda's life is turned upside down and inside out in an instant and she must use every resource and every ounce of her strength and intelligence to solve not one, but two horrific crimes. In truth, I liked all the betrayal and mistrust in this read as it made Miranda even more resilient and determined to right a lot of wrongs. There are so many twists and turns in this reads that I was engaged throughout. The reveal of the big bad(s) didn't come as a great shock, but it is a very satisfying thing to see how everyone, good and bad alike, get exactly what they deserve in the end. In all, a fine mystery for those who enjoy such things
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