Author : Erica Spindler
Title : The Other Girl
Pages : 352
Publisher : St. Martin’s Press
Publication date : August 22, 2017
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.
And when her fingerprints turn up at the scene 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.
I read quite a few of Erica Spindler’s books back in the day and then somehow lost track of her. So I was incredibly excited when I noticed this new stand-alone novel and I was eager to find out if the author still has what it takes to reel me in.
Detective Miranda Rader attends the brutal crime scene of one of their town’s finest : a much beloved university professor. But when a newspaper clipping is found, referring to Miranda’s past, things quickly spiral out of control. Just like all those years ago, Miranda again finds herself branded a liar and with her motivations being questioned, she must dig deep to uncover the truth.
I really liked Miranda and warmed to her relatively quickly. She worked hard to get rid of the troublemaker label she had when she was a teenager only to find out, fourteen years later, that little has changed in the way people view her. Yet her determination knows no bounds, even if it means asking the tough questions.
The Other Girl has an incredibly engrossing plot with a multitude of compelling and complex characters. Flashbacks explain how Miranda’s life changed all those years ago. I thought these were extremely well done and never broke the flow of the story. With some twists and turns and a red herring or two, this novel had me hooked from beginning to end. Just when you think you’re starting to fit the pieces of the puzzle together, Erica Spindler plants some seeds of doubt or hits you with a humdinger and you once again end up questioning everything and everyone.
It’s brilliant to see that after all these years, Erica Spindler is still very much on top of her game and I will not lose track of her again. Don’t hesitate to pick this one up if you enjoy your crime fiction and police procedurals. And while you’re at it, check out the author’s older work. You won’t be sorry!
Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press for my advanced copy, which I received via Netgalley and chose to review honestly!
The Other Girl is published today.