The Other Girlby Erica Spindler
Published on August 22, 2017 by St. Martin's Press
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Suspense/Thriller
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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.
I went into this book with no expectations. It’s not in a genre I normally read so I didn’t have much to compare it to nor did I honestly have a strong interest in reading it but decided to give it a go when it arrived on my doorstep. The Other Girl is an interesting enough read, just not for me, so keep that in mind with this review.
This book is a really quick read. Not only is the physical length short but the plot moves quickly, spinning the reader in one direction or another. I can’t say that those directions felt surprising as I found the story to be a tad predictable, but they kept things rolling. I can’t say the same for the writing itself. It just didn’t hook me in a way that made me want to keep reading; rather I read because I knew I could finish the book in a couple hours.
Due to the length of the book, I think the ending was rushed too much for my tastes. If the story had been drawn out longer, I think I would have enjoyed it more but there just wasn’t enough there. This left the story and the characters with very little depth to really hold on to. I didn’t care about any of the characters and read more from a distance instead of engaging fully in the story.
As I mentioned, this is not a genre I tend to go for and found this book to be a fast but average read, perfect for mystery thriller fans looking for a standalone between your other reads. Just don’t go in looking for an in-depth mystery.