Expected publication: August 22nd 2017 by St. Martin’s Press
Read Date: July 12th 2017
Blurb (in my words)-
Rich and handsome Richard Stark, son of powerful man of the town, is brutally killed at his home. Miranda Rader, strong and honest detective, is leading the case. During the investigation her long forgotten past is threatening to come back in the present. She found an old newspaper clipping of her past. It turns out this case become more personal to Miranda. And then another murder. Both murders had a one thing in common, past of Miranda. Trust and honesty she gained all these years is wavering. She needs to hug her past once again to prove herself right.
How she is going to save her integrity? Why she is questioned? Who is the killer?
This was my first Erica Spindler book and I so loved this book and her writing that this won’t be last one.
Characters– Detective Miranda Rader. She was portrayed very nicely throughout the book. I loved this character. Strong, full of emotions, learning from mistakes, logical. Perfect woman character I would like to see as a protagonist. Her development was really amazing in the book. All secondary characters were interesting specially police department one and victims.
My favorite line from the book:
“Healing change could only come from inside her, from deep down in her marrow. The time had come to truly move on with her life.”
What I liked? “The Other Girl” opens with the crime scene. Damn that gruesome chilling description, and feeling of killer (when you’ll read, you will know why I said that), I could see I’m going to like this book. And next thing that caught my attention in starting only was mind blowing police procedural writing.
First few chapters gave the basic idea what’s going on and who is going to be killer, of course without name and identity (just idea). Not much guesswork.You know, it was like, the dots are given of the picture and by covering few dots you can know what picture is going to be at the end. But few dots are given here and there to mislead you. That was what the book was and so was the protagonist.
The book revolves around Miranda and the case she was leading. She had quite a history. Events from the past life of Miranda in between present life added the spices in the book. That was excellent, well written and very interesting. It gave all the clarity what happened with Miranda, and why this case and why she was accused and that only ultimately leads to killer. Twist and turns– Book also had few shocks that I haven’t expected. Those timings was perfect I mean, you could guess what was going to come in the book at some points but you keep reading for it to come and Boo! It’s there. Not at any point it felt stretched or boring.
Another remarkable thing was I started doubting everyone in the book. Though you know that person is not killer, it gave that feeling ‘Something is wrong with this person’. Rage, vengeance, hatred, compassion, love- these feelings ruled the book. Dysfunctional family drama was really touching. This book made me cry. I never thought crime thriller can have that effect on me. Oh! And message for women, don’t fall for the face it can be very harmful. 😉
End– Great! No words for this. I was holding my breath in last few chapters. It was amazing.
Why 4.5? One thing I couldn’t understand was each chapters starts with time and no dates, why dates were not given? I had to keep a track that ‘okay here starts another day’. I feel, if the dates were mentioned it would have been easier to follow.
Who should read it? Definitely for Mystery Thriller lovers.
Overall, I was so into the book that I haven’t even noticed time or made any note or comment to write for the review. This is entertaining, thrilling and real fast paced book. It took me 2 days to read but those who are real fast readers this is one sitting read for them.
Author: Erica Spindler
Know more about author HERE.
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
*** Note: I received a review copy of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Publishers and author. I am glad I got a chance to read this book. ***
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