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The Other Girl

by Erica Spindler (Goodreads Author)
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. (less)

 MY REVIEW OF “THE OTHER GIRL”   by Erica Spindler
 I would like to thank NetGalley, St Martin’s Press and Erica Spindler for the Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) of “The Other Girl” by Erica Spindler for my honest review.
The genres for this novel are Mystery, Suspense and Adult Fiction. The timeline for this story is in the present with past references  of the characters story.
Erica Spindler has a unique way of telling a story. There are twists, turns, and trouble. The author describes her characters as complex, complicated and dysfunctional. Officer Miranda Vader has worked hard to escape her adverse conditions growing up. Miranda holds the key to many secrets. She has been working hard to escape the past, and her troubled family.
Miranda discovers  a dead man in a gruesome crime scene. Unfortunately, her fingerprints, and other clues to her past life are found  near the body.  Suddenly Police Officer Miranda Vader could possible be a suspect! How is this possible? Why is this happening?
Erica Spindler has created a perfect case scenario where most of the characters could be suspect. I like the mystery, suspense and the danger. What is the truth? Who is the murderer? Can you run away from your past?
I like the way the author describes betrayal, loyalty, hope and faith. I also appreciate the way the author describes the importance of family and love, and the damage of secrets. I would highly recommend this intriguing novel. This is the first novel by Erica Spindler, and I look forward to reading more from this author.

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