Book Review: The Other Girl – Erica Spindler

3 stars

Title: The Other Girl
Author: Erica Spindler
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: August 22nd 2017
Genre: Mystery


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. 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.


This is was one fast paced story!
I loved the flashbacks throughout the story. They helped put the story together and made this book a book I wanted to finish in one setting.
Although it got dark at some points, there was always some light at the end of the tunnel. Some bestselling mystery’s like The Girl On A Train or Gone Girl (where does this fascinations with the word ‘girl’ come from?) got way to dark for me. They made me feel depressed while reading the book. But this book got the amount of bitterness and darkness just right.
I was pleasantly surprised by the romance. It is good to finally read a mystery or a thriller where the romance isn’t all screwed up or where the partner is mentally unstable. It almost seemed like a mystery novel couldn’t be a good novel without the main character falling in love with a bad guy/girl. Thank you for restoring my faith in the mystery novels!
It is much more a mystery than a thriller. It was never scary so for me it actually isn’t a thriller. I think I would have liked this book a little bit more if it had some more tension. I don’t mean it was a boring book. On the contrary, it started right in the middle of the action. It didn’t have the first one hundred pages of pure boredom that most books in this genre have.
The characters had brains. They were good at their jobs and they never stated the obvious. Or weren’t completely surprised by the most normal things.
This book is definitely worth a place next to bestsellers like Gone Girl Or A girl on a train.

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