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The Other Girl Hardcover – 22 Aug 2017
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THE OTHER GIRL
"[A] superlative romantic thriller....Multidimensional characters with a plethora of hidden agendas help drive the riveting plot to its explosive conclusion." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"An amazing thriller that has everything readers have come to expect from one of Spindler's novels. With twists and turns around every corner, you will be hanging on to the edge of your seat to find out what happens next. The characters are so complex that readers will be surprised at what they are hiding beneath their exteriors. A fantastic thriller from one of the best in the genre!" --RT Reviews
Praise for Erica Spindler:
"[A] heated romantic thriller...strong personalities make for some wonderfully tense revelations." --Publishers Weekly on The First Wife
"Spindler's chilling novels explore our deepest fear--that danger is closer than we think. She is a master of addictive suspense." --Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Detective D.D. Warren Series on Justice for Sara
"[A] spine-tingling romantic thriller...With red herrings aplenty, Spindler keeps the reader guessing until the last page." --Publishers Weekly on Justice for Sara
"Spindler hooks readers into her latest." --RT Book Reviews on The First Wife
"As Kat's investigation deepens, risks multiply; knotted threads, inevitably about money, gradually untangle; and Spindler suspensefully strips away layers of deceit and guilt, revealing years of secrets and silences. Diverting and entertaining." --Booklist on Justice for Sara
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author ERICA SPINDLER has written more than thirty novels, including The First Wife, Justice for Sara, Watch Me Die, Blood Vines, Breakneck, and Last Known Victim. She lives just outside New Orleans, Louisiana, with her husband and two sons.
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Detective Miranda Rader is our central character. Set in Louisiana, Miranda, a veteran of the force for over 10 years, is sent, along with her partner Jake Billings to investigate the brutal murder of a college professor. Savagely attacked and brutally murdered, the victim turns out to be the son of the president of the college and as Miranda investigates further, the ugly truth starts to unveil itself as it takes her back to her wilder days when she was a 15 year old wild child, a serial liar and trouble maker, one who was regularly in trouble. The clues lead back to a traumatic event that happened in her life then but as she delves deeeper the truth turns out to be a lot dirtier than she could have ever imagined.
So I flew through this book(always a good sign for a pedestrian reader like me). The main character is very engaging as we get two different times in her life - the wild child teenager and the responsible reliable adult. As the two times in her life are closely connected in the story we gets lots of flashbacks but they fit into the overall story seemlessly and don't cause any confusion or break the continuity of the storytelling. Speaking of, the storytelling itself here is great. It's a fairly straight forward self contained story, with little or no tangents to get in the way. It's a very leanly told story and all the better for it. The characters are all nicely fleshed out where needed and there's plenty of twists and turns along the way, although it wasn't the most difficult of plots to figure out.
Not that that was the point anyway. I've no problem sort of knowing what will most likely happen if the story is still told well and has me, and this one had me hook line and sinker. It was still interesting to see how it played out at the end.
Spindlers greatest strength it seems, based on this book anyway, is to engage the reader with a really well told story, grab them from the start and not let them go until the final page. That's a great talent to have. This may not have been the best book I've read this year(it's still a really good book)buts it's the most fun I've had reading a book in a long time.
I really really liked this one. Everything a book should be for me. Gave me great pleasure and I was totally engrossed in the world of Miranda and small town Louisiana. I feel a little sad now that I'm finished such was my enjoyment.
4.5 stars from me. Get yourself a copy if you can. I dont think you'll regret it.
Thanks to NetGalley, St Martins Press and Erica Spindler for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Nothing is usual about the crime scene Miranda Rader has just been called to. It's incredibly gruesome, seemingly a crime of passion, and the victim is a highly respected college professor. Suspecting a spurned lover had a taste for revenge, Miranda digs into his history... but no one has anything bad to say about the man. He was so intelligent, so kind, so professional... there's not a soul around with a single negative comment. The other unusual thing is personal to Miranda: a clipping from a newspaper in the dead man's office. An old article about her. Why would he have that, and why have her fingerprints been found on the scene? She begins to worry someone is setting her up to take the fall, but why?
No one would have thought young Randi, having already gotten in a bit of trouble with the law as a teenager, would one day become a fine police officer. When she was only a child, she had a terrible experience which almost ended up with her being raped and perhaps murdered. But she wasn't the only one. The Other Girl, the girl she left behind and promised to come back for with help, still haunts her. She has no idea what became of the young woman, and no one with any authority believed anything young Randi had to say. She was simply gone by the time Randi made it back, leaving no evidence behind. Though Randi cannot be blamed for anything that happened, she still carries guilt every day.
Another man is soon murdered, and Miranda starts to feel like she might go down for crimes she didn't commit. Her superiors brush off her suggestions, making it difficult to get much done. Her boss seems more worried about making sure the dead man keeps his good name, thanks to his important father. Will she find out who is really responsible for the murders before she ends up behind bars herself?
Pieces of the story with Jake, her partner who has just confessed feelings for her, add some lighter moments. At times they feel a little forced, but they're necessary for a bit of a break in the story. This is a great read to pick up when you want something on the shorter side that still packs a punch.
I received a copy of this book from Net Galley and St. Martin's Press, thank you! My opinion is honest and unbiased.
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