Sunday, March 18, 2018

The Other Girl by Erica Spindler | Review

The Other Girl by Erica Spindler 
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Published: August 22, 2017
Received: picked up audiobook randomly from library
Find Online: Goodreads | Amazon

A horrific crime. One witness—a fifteen year old girl from the wrong side of the tracks, one known for lying and her own brushes with the law.
Is it any surprise no one believed her?
Officer Miranda Rader of the Harmony, Louisiana PD is known for her honesty, integrity, and steady hand in a crisis—but that wasn’t always so. Miranda comes from the town of Jasper, 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 earn the respect of her coworkers and the community.
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 brutality 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 that terrible night fifteen years ago. The night she’d buried, along with her past and the girl she’d been back then. Until now that grave had stayed sealed…except for those times, in the deepest part of the night, when the nightmares came: of a crime no one believed happened and the screams of the girl they believed didn’t exist.
Then another man turns up dead, this one a retired cop. Not just any cop—the one who took her statement that night. Two murders, two very different men, two killings that on the surface had nothing in common—except Miranda.

Another great thriller, I'm on a roll! I randomly picked the up from the library because the cover caught my eye. Something about the yellow and orange drew me in. Then once I read the back, I knew I needed to listen to this audio book. I was not disappointed.

Miranda is a no nonsense, focused and determined police officer. She grew up in a trailer park where no one seemed to care what happened to her, until one night something terrible happened and after that day she determined she'd get out somehow. She's no longer that girl anymore, but after so many years of trying to let go and push the secrets deep inside, something happens to bring them to the surface again.

Miranda was hitchhiking and ended up being picked up by a guy who already had plans to attack and rape the girl that was already with him and she just happens to alter his plan, but in a bad way. She's lucky that she gets away before being raped, but people think she's crazy because after reporting what happened and that they need to go help the other girl, they can't find even a trace that anything happened at the location. 

In present day, a well known professor from the university, who also happens to be the son of a prominent person in town, ends up dead. And it's not a cut and dry case like suicide or heart attack - it's murder and a violent one at that. It's sexual in nature too, so that adds a shock to those involved in the investigation. Miranda happens to be called in to work on the case, but little does she know someone is trying to frame her (or so she comes to think that's the case).

As they uncover more and more about the professor and different links he has in the community, it seems that Miranda is finding herself tied to the case in the wrong way and tries desperately to clear her name before anyone realizes what's happened. While looking through evidence she realizes it has to do with her past... will this all come back to haunt her or bite her in the ass? Who is doing this and why now?

It's quite the thrill ride following along with Miranda and her partner while they try to figure out who did this, why and how she's tied to it. It starts off a little slow, but quickly picks up speed as the flashbacks add more detail and depth to the story. There are a few details that will start to make you think one way, then flip flop back and forth. I loved it. It had me guessing and changing my mind a couple of times. 

If you're like me and love a good mystery or thriller, this book is for you. I enjoyed that it actually involved the officer doing the investigation, so it wasn't just following along with the police while the solve the crime, she was somehow linked to the mystery and I loved that aspect.

I'll definitely be checking out more by Ms. Spindler. And I now have a new narrator to listen to: Tavia Gilbert - loved her voice and cadence. I'll probably make a list of audiobooks to find just because I enjoyed her narration so much!

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About the Author: 
A New York Times and International bestselling author, Erica Spindler's skill for crafting engrossing plots and compelling characters has earned both critical praise and legions of fans. Her stories have been lauded as “thrill-packed page turners, white- knuckle rides and edge-of-your-seat whodunits.”

Erica loves meeting and interacting with her fans, both in person and online. She has a wicked sense of humor, an optimistic spirit and loves coffee, chocolate and red wine, not necessarily in that order.

In 2002 her novel Bone Cold won the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for excellence. A Romance Writers of America Honor Roll member, she received a Kiss of Death Award for her novels Forbidden Fruit and Dead Run and was a four-time RITA® Award finalist. In 1999 Publishers Weekly awarded the audio version of her novel Shocking Pink a Listen Up Award, naming it one of the best audio mystery books of 1998.

Erica lives just outside New Orleans, Louisiana, with her husband and two sons. -source

About the Narrator: 
Tavia Gilbert is an award-winning narrator with 300 audiobooks under her belt. Contemporary and literary fiction, biography and memoir, fantasy, romance, children’s literature, science, religion…Tavia’s range of genres is a direct result of her intuitive interpretation, clever diction and pacing, and sensitivity to each author’s or publisher’s needs. She makes her home in Brooklyn, where she produces, directs, and narrates audiobooks and full-cast recordings. -source

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