*I received a free copy of The Other Girl from St. Martin's Press via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *The Other Girl by Erica Spindler
Published by St. Martin's Press on 22 August 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Psychological Thriller
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. 14 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.
The Other Girl was an excellent psychological thriller, with a fast pace and a lot of action.
The Other Girl was a scary trip back into the past, but also in the present. Miranda was somehow involved, but not by choice. At the crime scene of a murder, her finger prints were found on a bottle… and there was information about a long ago case, where she had escaped, but had to leave the other girl behind.
The suspense was really well done, and with each new revelation, I found it more difficult to trust anyone at all – even Miranda.
Miranda is a detective, and has worked very hard to not be ‘the girl who lied’. In order to be a respected member of society, she has been flawless since she started working at the force.
Jake is Miranda’s partner. Until she is put on leave. And there is definitely some chemistry between them.
Police chief, rich parents of the murder victim, and Summer, Miranda’s best friend.
Writing style :
Third person past tense, with an omniscient narrator, who kept a lot of secrets to themselves. Plenty of dialogues to keep the pace up.
Dread! Hope, and so much suspense my heart tried to beat its way out of my chest!
That Miranda understood. But this bizarro kink-kill? No way. She stopped beside the bed. So, what had precipitated this perp’s breaking point? Now, that was a question she could focus on.
She hadn’t belonged anywhere. She still didn’t.
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