The Other Girl
From the New York Times bestselling author Erica Spindler comes The Other Girl, 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.
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 l
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I've read quite a few books by Erica Spindler over the years and have really enjoyed them. I thought that "The Other Girl" sounded like it would be another entertaining read. I was right.
Officer Miranda (Randi) Rader is a good cop. She is honest and reliable and she is able to keep her cool in extremely tense situations. This wasn't always the case for Miranda. She was once the girl from the wrong side of the tra ...more
Every reader is different—what works for me, might not work for you and vice versa. The analytica ...more
Quick and uncomplicated novel of suspense-
When a popular college professor, who also happens to be the son of a prominent citizen, is found brutally murdered, small town cop Miranda, (Randi), Rader’s hard- earned road to success takes an abrupt turn.
For starters, the case brings back disturbing memories of a harrowing night, years ago, when Randi was abducted, but made a narrow escape. As she and her partner, Jake, begin ...more
Can you ever outrun your past?
Randi has established herself as a pathological liar with everyone. Her own family, friends and worse yet the police department. At age 14, little miss Randi is what you’d call a wild child. Coming and going as she pleases, answering to no one. Certainly never listening to her mother.
When she suddenly finds herself bound by tape next to the other girl, she’s understandably frantic! She must get away before her capt ...more
My first Erica Spindler book was Justice for Sara. I read it 4 years ago and thought it was great. What took me so long to get back to this author? The answer baffles me. All I know is that as much as I loved that one, this standalone novel is even better!
The story centers around Detective Miranda (Randi) Rader (is that a great name or what??) and her partner Jake Billings. The scene is Louisiana. The crime is a gruesome killing of a local college professor, who hap ...more
This was my first experience reading an Erica Spindler book and it definitely won’t be my last - her writing had me addicted to this novel from the very first chapter. I was completely drawn into the story and hanging on every word to find out what was going to happen next. I really liked the main character, Miranda Rader, a small-town police officer with a past she thought was behind her. The shifting of writing in past and present was done ...more
THE OTHER GIRL by ERICA SPINDLER was an entertaining, suspenseful, and an engaging whodunit mystery thriller novel that was slightly predictable but clipped along quickly and held my interest right to the satisfying ending.
ERICA SPINDLER delivers an extremely fast-paced and quick read here with well-developed ...more
Can you believe that I have never before read an Erica Spindler novel and man is she prolific. That is great news for me because based on my experience with The Other Girl I will definitely be going back to the well.
Harmony PD Detective Miranda Rader parked behind the two cruisers already at the scene. Their flashing blue lights violated the otherwise still, spring night ...more
I've not read Erica Spindler before, but she's published quite a few other mysteries. She knows her stuff. This is a fast paced mystery and starts with an interesting premise. The detective on a small town Louisiana police force is a bad girl turned good. A wild child, she turned around after she was abducted in her mid teens. Now, she's investigating a murder. And the murder victim just happens to have a news clipping about her from all those years ago.
Miranda is a realistic, well dev ...more
I squeezed The Other Girl in between my Traveling Sister group reads. It’s a nice short fast-paced read that is easy to fit in if you are short on time.
The story started off with a bang for me and shocked me with a whoa moment that left me gasping right away with the somewhat disturbing scene. Credit to Erica Spindler for that whoa moment. After catching my breath and continuing on with reading I was hooked and intrigued to find out more about our main character Miranda and the other g ...more
Miranda Rader is a police officer with the Hammond PD in Louisiana. She is a good cop, known to be honest and trustworthy – but that wasn’t always the case. Miranda had a tough life, she came from the wrong side of the tracks and was known to be wild. She worked really hard to get her life back on track and leave that wild girl behind. Unfortunatel ...more
Bestselling author Erica Spindler is back on the scene with her new police crime novel, “The Other Girl”. When teenaged Miranda “Randy” Rader is kidnapped and escapes, everyone believes it to be just another lie told by the girl from the wrong side of the tracks. No matter how hard Randi tries, no one will believe her story and what’s most heartbreaking for Randi is she wasn’t t ...more
It was also very predictable, I guessed who the killer was about halfway through but I was still interested enough to keep reading. I think I just wanted something more from it, what I don't know but something. Overall it was okay but I wouldn't recommend it.
The reviews were fantastic and the blurb was exciting! The beginning pages instantly sucked me in and I thought I was in for a wild ride!
But then this story lost its intensity and sort of deflated in all areas as I read on. (view spoiler)[Dry as hell romance, wooden characters, predictable outcomes--basically, I lost interest and getting to the final chapter of this book put a smile back on my face! (hide spoiler)]
By the end ...more
With evidence turning up at the site of the murder which imp ...more
Randi Rader was a reckless teen. They called her wild....a bad girl....and a liar....but was she?
Now, fifteen years later, they call her Detective Miranda Rader....stubborn....headstrong....well-respected and a ten year veteran of the Harmony, Louisiana PD. Her past still haunts her....her family let her down, but she has a job to do....a murder to solve....a violent gruesome act of "hatred and rage" that quickly becomes complicated and threatens not only he...more
This was my first book by Erica Spindler but I have read a plethora of fantastic reviews and high ratings for some of her other novels so I had a pretty good idea from reading those that this would be a book that I would very much enjoy! I couldn't be more correct! I really loved it and I will definitely be seeking out her other books due to this.
I was enthralled from the very beginning which takes an extremely skilled writer to pull off. There were some great t ...more
Erica Spindler has written a tense, psychological thriller with The Other Girl. While it is not an edge-of-your-seat suspenseful book, the mind games in this tale are well worth the read.
Miranda "Randi" Rader was a girl with a past - a very bad one - who was given a chance to turn her life around. She did so by becoming a cop, a fine one. When she is called to the scene of a murder, her past suddenly comes back to meet her in full force. Once again she must tell the tales that no ...more
My first book by Erica Spindler, The Other Girl was entertaining and completely enthralling.
Miranda Rader was an intriguing and likeable character. She had a few skeletons in her closet that seemed to haunt her. I read this in just two sittings because what was happening was so gripping and spell-binding. I figured out who the killer was early on, but that did not affect my enjoyment because I doubted myself throughout and was waiting for the rug ...more
The novel features Officer Miranda Rader of the Hammond PD in Louisiana who is known for her honesty, integrity, and steady hand in a crisis, but that was not always the case. She has tried hard to change from the young troubled girl and earn respect in her position as an officer.
When Miranda and her partner are called to investigat ...more
However, this book had everything I wanted in a thriller, a compelling story, well-developed characters and an ending that made me question my conviction on whom the killer is. Seriously, I was quite sure for a long time who the killer was, b ...more
It all starts when Detective Miranda Rader and her partner Jake Billings are called to the scene of a murder in Harmony, a small college town in Louisiana. The victim is a college professor and son of the College President. His murder was brutal and clearly a crime of passion. A newspaper clipping found at the scene links to an event in Miranda's own past, when she was a troubled 15 year old who e ...more
Quick read that was predictable in many ways but still held my interest.
Everything about this was familiar, from the characters down to the big reveal, which I figured out early on. If you are looking for a book that will challenge you, this isn't it. But the writing is good and the short chapters help move the story along, making for the perfect beach read.
It's been a long time since I've read something by this author and this makes me wonder what I might have missed over the years... ...more
When Miranda was young, she was so stubborn, headstrong and rebel. Well, she’d grown up in a family that her father was in jail and her brothers were like their father. Also, her mother washed her hands of her when she was fifteen. But now that she is an adult, she built an honorable life for herself and became a detective. A successful one.
So, her recent case is about a murder. An English professor and the university president’s son. He was stabbed several times in the chest. His throa ...more
Randi is a misguided teen and like some teens she has made a few bad choices and is no stranger to the police. When she is in dire need of their help to rescue a girl that is being held against her will, they don’t believe her and dismiss her story. She has nowhere to turn and is sent to juvie for the pot she had in her pocket.
Fast forward to present day. Randi is now Miranda and a respected police officer in the town w ...more
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