The Other Girl by Erica Spindler

Other GirlOfficer 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.


Happy publication day!

The Other Girl by Erica Spindler begins in Hammond in 2002; Miranda undergoes a terrible experience which changes the course of her life. 14 years later, she is in the police force. Miranda gets called into a case which reminds her of the events that took place back in 2002. Things get even crazier when her fingerprints are found at a murder scene. Soon, other events take place pointing all suspicion at Miranda.

I was able to read this book pretty quickly. Once I started it, it became really hard to put down. I was drawn in by the murder mystery. The tension escalated when Miranda became a suspect. The narration is mainly focused on the current case. However, a few chapters take readers back to 2002. I usually like dual narratives but in this case, the 2002 narration scared me. I dreaded going back there and meeting all the unlikable characters. However, I still needed to know what happened back then.

I liked Miranda and thought her portrayal was realistic. I liked her back story which made her even more relatable. It helped me understand her investment in the case and hence explained her motives. In addition, Miranda is the kind of detective that I like in crime thrillers. She is determined to solve the case and is willing to do anything to get answers. Her vulnerability and strength made her a likeable character.

I was able to predict almost all twists in the books. I knew exactly who had committed the murder. At some point, the author did throw me off briefly but I was still convinced on the killer’s identity and I was right. However, this wasn’t really an issue for me. I still enjoyed the book and thought it was quite thrilling. As a matter of fact, the only thing that bothered me a bit was some ongoing romance. Nevertheless, this was a fast-paced, entertaining thriller which I think fans of cop procedural will enjoy.

30 thoughts on “The Other Girl by Erica Spindler

  1. Great review Diana! I’ve got this one and I kind of forgot about it but I really am super curious about the fact that it was so predictable yet still enjoyable. And I think I’m in the mood for a police procedural this week:)

    1. I look forward to reading your review once you are done. I think the writing was just that good lol. Normally predictability tends to bug me but in this case, I still couldn’t wait to keep reading and see how the other characters react to the reveal.

      Thanks Renee 🙂

  2. I know how you feel with predictability! I feel that when you’ve read tons of books and watched tons of thriller tv shows you get a sense of it and BAM you know what will happen. Romance can be tricky and it often throws me off to if it’s bad! Great review Diana!

    1. Yeah, I think with experience it becomes easier to see the clues and guess the twists. With this book, I predicted the killer a bit early though the author had me looking at other suspects at some point but I knew who it was. I don’t ind romance in romance thrillers but for some reason, I have an issue with it in police procedural in particular.

      Thank you 🙂

    1. Lol I was surprised that I was able to guess that easily. I am usually not as good as you with the predictions:-) I liked the couple too but honestly, I skipped most of the ‘romantic’ scenes.

    1. I had the same experience. I usually don’t like books that are predictable but there was something about this one that made it addictive despite being able to guess the killer. Thank you 🙂

  3. Great review! I agree this one was quite predictable but I didn’t mind either because the story itself was very entertaining to read. Good to hear it was a good one for you as well!

    1. Its interesting how most of us were able to guess the twists but still enjoyed the book. I guess its just Erica’s writing being that good. Thank you 🙂

  4. Sometimes it can be hard to enjoy a book when you know the mystery, but glad to see you still enjoyed this one. I got to say, I’m in love with this line from the synopsis: “the size of a good spit on a hot day.” Really draws a picture.

    1. I hadn’t thought about that line until you mentioned it. I agree with you and it is so perfect in describing the small town that is Hammond.

      Thank you. This was predictable but still quite an enjoyable read 🙂

  5. Fab review Diana! I think I’ve read an Erica Spindler before but can’t remember which one. It’s great that even though it was predictable you still enjoyed it!

    1. Thank you Inge. This one was different. I think everyone I know was able to predict the twist but still ended up enjoying the book. It is that good 🙂 I hope that you will get a chance to read it someday.

    1. Glad to hear that we have convinced you to consider reading it. This is my first book by the author but I know that it won’t be the last one 🙂 I hope that you will enjoy it if you get a chance to read it.

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