The Other Girl – Erica Spindler

A big thank you to St. Martin’s Press for the copy in exchange for my honest review!

THE OTHER GIRL by Erica Spindler – released yesterday!

A page turning thriller about a police officer, Miranda, trying to out run her past. How does this gruesome murder investigation connect with her past?

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My Thoughts: 5/5 stars!

This was my first book by Erica Spindler and I was not disappointed! A page turning thriller, and at just under 300 pages, I flew through this one! Miranda is a police officer assigned to a gruesome murder case. The murder of a local college professor, who is also the son of the University’s President. How does Richard Stark connect to her past?

We start out at the gruesome crime scene. Detective Miranda Rader is lead investigator with her partner Jake Billings. The murder victim is Richard Stark, a professor at the local college. To complicate things, he’s also the son of the President of the University – who does not want his son’s reputation ruined. Stark was a young handsome and well-loved guy and people have nothing but nice things to say about him. Miranda thinks otherwise, given the nature of the crime scene and what was done to him, she thinks a scorned lover.

How does this murder connect to her troubled past? At 15 she was sent to juvenile hall because of the events of one night. We are brought back and forth from present day to that night in 2002. She has worked tirelessly to erase her past and earn the trust and respect that comes with being a 10 year veteran officer. When her fingerprints are found at the crime scene, everything is jeopardized. Who is trying to frame her? How is this connected to that fateful night so long ago?

With short chapters this book flew by (I read chapter to chapter)! I couldn’t stop reading. Spindler does a great job of building the characters and setting the scene. I enjoyed the back and forth with the past events and trying to figure out what will happen next. Miranda is incredibly likeable and so easy to relate to. She’s just a woman trying to be better than her “wrong side of the tracks” upbringing. I enjoyed the couple twists thrown in and the conspiracy feeling.

Overall, if you want a fast paced read throughout with a murder investigation, then I’d highly recommend this thriller! I’ll be picking up more of Erica Spindler’s books!

 

Any other Erica Spindler fans out there? What should I read next of hers?

Check back later to see what Chandra thought in our #allthebookreviews post!

–Jess

 

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