Friday, August 25, 2017

The Other Girl by Erica Spindler

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: August 22nd 2017 by St. Martin's Press

From the NYT bestselling author comes 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.

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. 

My Thoughts…
A cop with a past that is catching up to her, that pretty much sums up the story.    Fortunately there is more to the tale.   

An important man, with important parents, is found dead.   Miranda is called in to the scene to be the lead on the case.    What she finds is a man that she thought was in her past and someone trying to frame her for his murder.     There were twists and turns, many characters that could have done it, yet there is only one murderer.   Erica Spindler gave enough clues that I had an idea who is. 

The Other Girl has police procedural that was realistic and easy to follow.    I liked that Miranda didn’t take anything, even her bosses word, at face value.   She had feelings that things were off and she followed those feelings as she needed to solve the crime.  

I recommend picking up your own copy of The Other Girl and devouring it just like I did.

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. 

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