#BookReview – The Other Girl by Erica Spindler (@EricaSpindler) @LittleBrownUK

Today, on Love Books Group, I have my review of The Other Girl by Erica Spindler. A fast-paced crime fiction novel.

I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.

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  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250083656
  • Publisher: Sphere (26 Oct. 2017)
  • Crime Fiction
  • Thriller Fiction

| Blurb |

A horrific crime with 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 has worked hard to earn the respect of her co-workers and the community and is known for her honesty and integrity. But that wasn’t always so. She grew up on the wrong side of the tracks in a small town that didn’t believe she could change, and she’s spent fifteen years trying to forget about her past.

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. 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 fifteen years ago. The night she’d buried, along with the girl she’d been back then, and until now that grave had stayed sealed.

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 have nothing in common. Except for Miranda.

| Review |

So, I read a lot of UK crime fiction novels and they are gruesome and they really go into a lot of realistic details. This wasn’t the case with The Other Girl, number one it’s set in the USA and two, although it’s crime fiction it’s done in a different way than I am used too. Which wasn’t a bad trait it just made me hum and haw at first about whether I was enjoying it? I did get caught up in trying to see where it would fit, it’s not a gritty crime fiction but it certainly isn’t cosy crime either.

I found the book easy to read, extremely fast paced and with a great storyline.  I read it over a couple of hours and it had me gripped.  I really didn’t like the characters, I found Miranda, impulsive and too trusting.  Jake is most definitely not your loyal ride or die, fella.

The book intertwines an incident from the past with a current homicide.  Miranda, get’s caught up in a whole lot of trouble. But who can she trust? Where can she turn?

The cover is stunning and I am so glad I have it in a physical copy.  I wouldn’t hesitate to read anything else by Erica Spindler. If you were thinking of dipping your toe into the crime fiction pond, then this would be the perfect book to start with.

3.5 Stars

By Kelly Lacey

| Author |

Erica Spindler

Raised in Rockford, Illinois, New York Times bestselling author Erica Spindler went to university in New Orleans, where she now lives with her husband and two sons. She has won several awards for her fiction in the US and her books have been turned into graphic novels and a daytime drama in Japan.

 

 

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