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    Corruption in a small southern town

    Miranda Rader is an officer in the police force of the small town in Louisiana where she grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. Estranged from her family, she has spent 14 years working hard to bury "Randi"Rader, considered by most people to be a liar and a sneak, who spent 6 months in juvenile detention on a drug charge after a terrible traumatic night. She has done a pretty good job in erasing her past until she is called to the gruesome murder of a popular English professor, son of the college president. As the investigation progresses, things just don't add up for Miranda. Then she is implicated in the crime and her carefully rebuilt life begins to crumble. There are quite a few secondary characters, most of whom are not so nice, who seem insignificant, but are they? The twists and turns in the plot leave me suspecting most of them at one point or another. I liked Miranda a lot but I was ambivalent about her partner and lover Jake. She forgave him when I don't think I could have and indeed I was surprised that she did. This mystery is well plotted and well written with believable dialogue. It has mystery, suspense, some romance and an interesting backstory. I have read other books by Erica Spindler so I was excited to get the chance to read a review copy thanks to Netgalley and the publisher.
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    Past catches up...

    Erica Spindler has caused me to be very tired at work today. Started The Other Girl last night and could not put it down until the tale was told and the mystery revealed! Amazing characters, plot, twists, turns, never ending action. Being a fifteen year old girl from a poor home and forced to use spunk to navigate bad luck; Randi Rader has risen to the top. A new location and name can do wonders to change perspective and achieve self esteem. So Miranda Radar is a detective on the police force but has come to realize the past cannot be outrun. Given the lead on a gruesome murder should be a great opportunity but instead seems to be a set up to accuse Miranda for the deed. A classic example of people not being who they seem and a friend being disguised as a ruthless enemy. A bit of romance and quite a bit of graphic violence. "A copy of this book was provided to me by St. Martin's Press and author via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read and my comments here are my hones opinion."
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    The Other Girl is a Real Page Turner

    I received an ARC for an honest review. Erica Spindler has done it again and has delivered another amazing book. The Other Girl was a great book, I could not put it down and was so sad when it ended. I loved Erica Spinder's characters, from the main characters Miranda and Jake to the supporting characters Robby, her mother, Summer, Chief Buddy Cadwell and the Starks. The were so believable. The story is about Detective Miranda Rader, a girl who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks in Harmony, Louisiana. The books bounces between events that happened to Miranda (Randi) fourteen years ago and the current day. Considered "trash" by the local police, no one believed Randi's story of her alleged kidnapping when it happened fourteen years ago. Randi was found with an ounce of marijuana is her pocket and spent six months in a juvenile detention center. Fast forward to current day, Randi Raher has changed her name and image to Miranda Rader, Harmony police detective. Miranda is called into investigate the horrific murder of a local university professor, Richard Stark, in his home. Richard, happened to be the university president's only son. Somehow Miranda's fingerprints are discovered at the gruesome murder scene, and she lies to give a reason why her fingerprints would have been at the scene. Miranda's partner, Jake Billings, covers for Miranda's lie, because he is in love with her. Jake announces his feelings for Miranda, and they begin a relationship. The more Miranda and Jake investigate his murder, the more they discover that Richard Stark was not a very nice man. As they are searching his home, Miranda discovers a yellowed newspaper clipping about her arrest fourteen years ago. That gets Miranda thinking that perhaps, Richard Stark was her abductor. She never got a good look at him., he had an Alabama ball cap on his head. Miranda has always wondered what happened to the other girl in the front seat. As the investigation continues, Chief Cadwell removes Miranda from the case and eventually he suspends her from the police force. Miranda drowns her sorrows at the local bar, the Toasted Cat talking to her friend the owner/bartender Summer about that night fourteen years ago and getting removed from the investigation. Even though she was removed from the case and the force, Miranda keeps investigating both the murder and her abduction and how they might be connected. The book kept me wanting more and kept me guessing who murdered Richard Stark. In the end, everyone is held accountable for the injustices that they allowed to happen all those years ago and enabling Richard to continue those actions. The book has a bittersweet ending, but it left me hopeful that this would not be the last adventure between Miranda and Jake. Hoping that Erica will continue the series between Miranda and Jake. I loved the book. One of my favorite books that I have read recently.
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    A must read

    Biggest question after reading this excellent book? Why haven’t I ever read a book by Erica Spindler before now? I definitely did miss out on a great author and her work. That said, I loved this book. The suspense build up from the very first chapter and held ‘til the very end. I was pulled in from the start and couldn’t put the book down. I was with Miranda Ranger every step of the way. Felt her fear, anger, helplessness and growing shock in realizing that the people, she thought of as friends, might be her worst enemies. And then, when I thought I had it figured out, there was a twist and a sneaky turn and I was thrown for a loop again. Highly recommended! I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press!
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    Could not put down

    Erica Spindler is phenominal and one of my favorite authors. She keeps the suspense and interest going with each page turned. I'm always disaappointed when the book ends but look forward to her next one.
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