Tuesday, August 22, 2017

THE OTHER GIRL BY ERICA SPINDLER - BOOK REVIEW


This crime thriller combines a few of my essential parts of a great mystery: a twisted past, a character no one will believe is telling the truth, and the need for revenge.


Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, today it is The Other Girl by Erica Spindler. Thank so much to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


The story follows Officer Miranda Rader who is lead on a new case. A beloved university professor is found murdered in his bed, gruesomely dismembered. As they begin to work the scene, Miranda discovers an old newspaper clipping from her own past, fifteen years ago when she was briefly abducted, along with another girl. But no one believed her then and she has worked so hard to move on. Soon another man turns up murdered, Officer Wheeler - the officer who took Miranda's statement all those years ago and branded her a liar. While seemingly unconnected, the only link between the murders is Miranda.

Firstly, I enjoyed the way this story was written. Spindler writes what is happening in the present day and occasionally slips back into the past, telling the story again. I was worried that it would just be alternating chapters and it would be tedious but Spindler worked it perfectly. The flashbacks were well spread out and only really came up when it was relevant to the story in the present. Most of the details of the past were easily deduced from Miranda's comments and reactions later on, which Spindler expertly crafted so we didn't need to know the whole story right away.

I'm always a little hesitant when there is a female MC who is a police officer. While I enjoy the POV it provides, in my experience, I find that they spend half the book talking about how hard it is to be a female cop. And I totally understand that working in that male dominant profession is really difficult and you have to work twice as hard, but when I'm reading a crime thriller, that's not why I'm reading a crime thriller. Luckily, Spindler recognizes this and only brought up Miranda's complaints intermittently. But I think that more of Miranda's problems was that no one believed what she was saying. Knowing the ending, I see why, but throughout the book, it was so overwhelmingly ridiculous.

I liked the way the mystery itself was worked out, I didn't find it predictable at all. There were a few moments, toward the end that made me question what was really going on but I had no idea who the murderer was.

I am taking away a star for a few things I wasn't a fan of. The first being the romance. I didn't think it did anything for the story, Miranda could have gotten to the same end without it. I also felt like it was a bit random, thrown in at the last minute to fill some gaps in the story. It didn't feel real enough to me to feel worth it. The other reason I am taking a star is that I still don't know where the button and other items came from. Unless I missed it, Spindler never says. Everything else got wrapped up nicely, I'm just not sure why this was left open. And if I totally missed it, then I guess it wasn't explained well enough for me.

Overall, this book was definitely interesting and a little bit different from the other crime novels I have read. I think it is unique enough in the overwhelmed genre and would recommend you give it a go!