The Other Girl by Erica Spindler

The Other Girl

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 sout...

Title:The Other Girl
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ISBN:1250083656
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:352 pages

The Other Girl Reviews

  • Melissa

    I have no idea why—maybe it’s because

    is such an established writer in this genre or that the majority of the reviews I’ve seen have been overwhelming positive—but

    from this story. I certainly wasn’t prepared for the ‘been there, done that’ storyline, an investigation that rested almost entirely on convenience or the one-note cast that inhabited this quasi-thriller.

    Every reader is different—what works for me, might not work for you and vice versa. The analytica

    I have no idea why—maybe it’s because

    is such an established writer in this genre or that the majority of the reviews I’ve seen have been overwhelming positive—but

    from this story. I certainly wasn’t prepared for the ‘been there, done that’ storyline, an investigation that rested almost entirely on convenience or the one-note cast that inhabited this quasi-thriller.

    Every reader is different—what works for me, might not work for you and vice versa. The analytical side of my brain craves a plot that requires the reader to scrutinize everything and everyone in an attempt to uncover the truth. Best case scenario—finding myself in a situation where I can admit I was completely wrong. Let’s be honest though, it’s a tough task coming up with an entirely original storyline that hasn’t been done in some shape or form before or a twist that has the power to knock a reader on their ass. So, in my mind, the caveat is, if the storyline isn’t heavy on the mind games, originality or even unpredictability, a character driven plot with well-developed emotional beings works as an acceptable substitute, in most cases. With this book, I didn’t get either scenario and it definitely marred my enjoyment quite a bit.

    There’s no doubt, the story starts off strong. A popular English professor is found bound and bloody with a crucial part of his anatomy hacked off, leaving the detectives to uncover why someone would murder such a well-liked guy and in such a heinous manner. Not to mention, his father is a prominent man in the community, so what gives? Miranda, the lead detective assigned to the case, is touted as smart, but that notion failed to hold weight when I found myself one step ahead of her for the entirety of the story. I mean, who's the experienced investigator here? Mix in a connection to the past, planted evidence and a bland romance and you’ve got the gist of this storyline.

    I think it’s a bit of a hard sell, at least it was for this reader, to say these were characters I should care about. There wasn’t much emotionality to the storyline, mostly due to the fact that the author didn’t give the reader any downtime to explore who these people were at their core or even provide much of a backstory for anyone. Instead, the author chose to jump from one dramatic situation or ‘revelation’ to the next, with much of the story being driven by pure convenience. The silliest situation by far being the stoner that just happened to walk by—say what?

    Even with my hefty list of dislikes, this is in no way the worst thriller I’ve read this year. In fact, it falls somewhere in the middle; hence my middle-of-the-road 3-star rating. Just to reiterate what I said earlier,

    . So, if you’re looking for an uncomplicated, easy to solve thriller that's light on the character development and just so happens to be a quick read, this is probably the book for you.

  • Mary Beth

    This was my first Erica Spindler book and I really did love it. I will definitely be reading more of her books. This one grabbed me straight from the beginning. I found it to be very well plotted and entertaining. It had me turning the pages quickly to see what was coming next. Some of it is fairly obvious but, equally, there are a few good twists and unexpected turns. As much as I could predict the ending, I really enjoyed everything in the book. I just wanted it to keep on going. The character

    This was my first Erica Spindler book and I really did love it. I will definitely be reading more of her books. This one grabbed me straight from the beginning. I found it to be very well plotted and entertaining. It had me turning the pages quickly to see what was coming next. Some of it is fairly obvious but, equally, there are a few good twists and unexpected turns. As much as I could predict the ending, I really enjoyed everything in the book. I just wanted it to keep on going. The characters were well developed, with realistic dialogue. I love Miranda, and her partner Jake. They made this book addicting. You wanted to know about them, and their back story, and how they would fit in this wonderful twisty puzzle of a book!

    Miranda is a cop with a past that has turned her life around. A incident in her teen years has came back to haunt her. A savage murder opens up the past. She and her partner Jake have been called to the scene of a gruesome murder. A local college professor has been murdered. His father is very influential in town and wants the case closed, fast, and he doesn't want it to reflect badly on the University. As the investigation goes on, Miranda's prints are found at the crime scene even when she is certain she did not touch anything. But then it hits her that the deceased professor is the one who had abducted her. Things get complicated for her when another body turns up and the only connection the dead men have with each other is Miranda. She is then thrown off the case.

    This was so gripping and felt like I was on a roller coaster ride. Even though I was able to guess who the killer was right away, I found the story to be very thrilling. This was a very quick story. I had to find out what was going on and kept me up late at night. I loved every minute of this book. I practically finished this in a day. The next day I only had 30 minutes left in the book. I can't wait to read my next Erica Spindler book. I always love to find a new author who has many books out there to read.

    I want to thank Netgalley, the Publisher, and Erica Spindler for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Deanna

    4.5 Stars!!

    My reviews can also be seen at:

    I've read quite a few books by Erica Spindler over the years and have really enjoyed them. I thought that "The Other Girl" sounded like it would be another entertaining read. I was right.

    Officer Miranda (Randi) Rader is a good cop. She is honest and reliable and she is able to keep her cool in extremely tense situations. This wasn't always the case for Miranda. She was once the girl from the wrong side of the tra

    4.5 Stars!!

    My reviews can also be seen at:

    I've read quite a few books by Erica Spindler over the years and have really enjoyed them. I thought that "The Other Girl" sounded like it would be another entertaining read. I was right.

    Officer Miranda (Randi) Rader is a good cop. She is honest and reliable and she is able to keep her cool in extremely tense situations. This wasn't always the case for Miranda. She was once the girl from the wrong side of the tracks, running wild. After an extremely traumatic experience when she was a teenager, things changed. Miranda was able to put it all behind her, get her life on track. She's now thriving, working for the Hammond Police Department in Louisiana. But sometimes the past has a way of creeping up on you when you least expect it.

    A college professor, Richard Stark has been brutally murdered. The professor's father happens to be the president of the same college, and he's putting a lot pressure on the police force to find out who killed his son. Right from the initial investigation, Miranda feels like something is amiss. The attack on the professor was particularly vicious, creating quite a gruesome scene. At first they assume it to be a crime of passion, but Miranda isn't entirely sure.

    Miranda and her partner, Jake continue investigating. She's still feeling a bit uneasy, but that's nothing compared to the feeling she gets when she comes across a newspaper clipping directly related to the things that happened to her when she was a teenager. With that things start to unravel very quickly.

    On top of the scene and the newspaper clipping sending her back in time emotionally, there is also other evidence that points to Miranda, making her a prime suspect. She is taken off the case. But just when she thinks things can't possibly get any worse....they do.

    Is someone setting her up? But who? and why? Could this be connected to what happened all those years before? Everything is not as it seems and not everyone is who they claim to be. Miranda's not sure who she can trust. Will she be able to pick herself up again and prove her innocence? Even if it means she might have to do it on her own?

    Erica Spindler does a great job of developing her characters. I loved Miranda. She's a fantastic well-developed character that you can't help but root for. Additionally, there are many great supporting characters. Love them or hate them, I found them all intriguing. The story flows easily between the present and flashbacks that show what exactly happened to Miranda all those years ago. There were some good twists and even though I figured out a few things, it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story. I was still intrigued and invested in this story and had to see what was going to happen next.

    Suspenseful and entertaining, "The Other Girl" had me flipping pages quickly. I was anxious to see how things were going to play out and I really liked how it all came together in the end. If you're looking for a fast-paced and engrossing read, I highly recommend this novel.

    Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for an advanced readers copy of this book for me to read in exchange for my honest review.

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