The Other Girl, Erica Spindler

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The Other Girl, Erica Spindler
Author: Erica Spindler
Publisher: St. Martins Press
Pages: 352
Format: DRC
ISBN-10: 1250083656
ISBN-13: 9781250083654
Publisher: eBook | Hardcover | Paperback
The Other Girl

3 stars

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.

It took me a few chapters to get into this book. I am not sure why, the opening chapter is exciting but after a few chapters it was really difficult to put this book down.
This book is a great puzzle mystery. The story is told from the investigator point of view making it possible to puzzle along easily and get confused by the same things. I did not manage to crack the solution early in the story which was really great. The puzzle does get solved and I was satisfied with the outcome. I did not feel that there were loose ends or things unexplained.
Miranda is a likeable character. Her story about growing up, the struggle and how she got away escaping her past and becoming this other person. I liked how she had strong believes and stood for them. Her storyline with Jake was a bit disturbing though. I did like their characters together but the relationship part felt a bit forced and sudden taken their past into consideration.

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