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Why Me?: The Other Girl by Erica Spindler @EricaSpindler ‏@StMartinsPress

the other girlTitle: The Other Girl
Author: Erica Spindler
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Date of publication: August 22nd 2017
Format: Digital Review Copy
Source: NetGalley
Number of pages: 256
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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 law.
Is it any surprise no one believed her?

Officer Miranda Rader of the Harmony, Louisiana PD is known for her honesty, integrity, and steady hand in a crisis—but that wasn’t always so. Miranda comes from the town of Jasper, a place about the size of a good spit on a hot day, and her side of the tracks was the wrong one. She’s worked hard to earn the respect of her coworkers and the community.

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. This murder is unlike any they’ve ever investigated, and 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 that terrible night fifteen years ago. The night she’d buried, along with her past and the girl she’d been back then. Until now that grave had stayed sealed…except for those times, in the deepest part of the night, when the nightmares came: of a crime no one believed happened and the screams of the girl they believed didn’t exist.

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 had nothing in common—except Miranda.

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I postponed reading The Other Girl a couple of times. An unexpected review request with a tight deadline, a family gathering. And weirdly I felt I would not find what I was looking for in this story. Sometimes you just get a feeling from a book and you can’t explain it.

I should know better than randomly deciding on a book’s fate! In my defense, I must admit the cover did nothing to make me change my mind. I found the colorful title too contrasting with the picture, and I usually don’t like faces appearing. But when I browsed my Kindle for a new read, I heard the title call me.

The Other Girl. So many meanings behind this title. I chose not to read the synopsis again before opening the file. I had a hundred ideas of what to expect, and I am happy to say the book crushed them all and offered me an amazing story that surprised me on every level!

Miranda is a trusted, strong, and integrated member of the police force in Harmony. But long ago, in another town, things were much more complicated and the young girl she was found herself on the wrong side of the interrogation table. But with an iron-will and lots of work, she managed to find her way back to the right side of the road. Miranda is a character I came to admire very early on. Her history spurred her to cut all ties and become someone new. I know that feeling. But I also know it can come bite you in the bottom. Because Miranda was never a bad girl. Just an innocent teenager experimenting and trying to live. But as an adult, she carries a burden that her muscular shoulders are tired to drag along.

When her past came back to haunt her, I was mesmerized. The perfectly timed and weaved plot leaves nothing to chance and Miranda’s life is shattered by everything she thought she had left behind. How many good actions, how much time does it take for a mistake, for a night when all went wrong, to find peace? Apparently, never. Despite her best efforts and intentions, all that she thought she had created suddenly doesn’t feel tangible, doesn’t seem real, and she is forced to find strength at the very core of herself to put an end to a story that should have been buried a lifetime ago.

Around the 50% mark, my mind had a crazy idea. And you know what? It turns out I was right!! But knowing, or rather, having a gut feeling about who was behind the case never hampered my enjoyment of the story. The well-balanced writing style combined with a solid need to care for Miranda made sure I finished The Other Girl in one sitting! I was always on the fence about who to trust and what had happened a dark night fourteen years ago. Finding a story that can ratchet up tension while playing on the past/present narration is my favorite thing, and believe me, this one masterfully toys with you!

I truthfully cannot say what I liked the most: the characters or the investigation. My only niggle was the slight touch of romance thrown in, which I understood the need of but felt was not entirely necessary. But that’s just the non-romantic me talking!

The Other Girl is an unputdownable story delivering on an intricate and skillfully narrated plot.

I would like to thank St Martin’s Press for inviting me to read and review this book.

The Other Girl gets released on August 22nd, don’t forget!

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erica spindler

A New York Times and International bestselling author, Erica Spindler’s skill for crafting engrossing plots and compelling characters has earned both critical praise and legions of fans. Her stories have been lauded as “thrill-packed page turners, white- knuckle rides and edge-of-your-seat whodunits.”

Erica loves meeting and interacting with her fans, both in person and online. She has a wicked sense of humor, an optimistic spirit and loves coffee, chocolate and red wine, not necessarily in that order.

In 2002 her novel Bone Cold won the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for excellence. A Romance Writers of America Honor Roll member, she received a Kiss of Death Award for her novels Forbidden Fruit and Dead Run and was a four-time RITA® Award finalist. In 1999 Publishers Weekly awarded the audio version of her novel Shocking Pink a Listen Up Award, naming it one of the best audio mystery books of 1998.

Erica lives just outside New Orleans, Louisiana, with her husband and two sons.

36 thoughts on “Why Me?: The Other Girl by Erica Spindler @EricaSpindler ‏@StMartinsPress

  1. Amazing review Meggy. I like how the book was able to surprise you. The fact that you read it in just one sitting is proof enough that it was addictive. I hope to read this one next week 🙂

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  2. Awesome review Meggy! I have this one from net galley but I haven’t been drawn to reading it yet because so many reviews have said how predictable it is but I really like that you said you still found it so enjoyable despite figuring it out. And I think I might be in the mood for a little romance that you mentioned as well

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  3. I liked the starting description of this book when we hear that the detective has a past and she is the link between the murders! I wonder if many others guessed what happened as you did so early on? I saw from another comment that some have found it a little predictable. I’m glad that you enjoyed it and a bit of romance as the only slight niggle is not at all bad.
    Great review Meggy.
    Amanda

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    1. I love it when investigations get personal! It adds a cutting edge to the case and the narration, and it often leads to an explosive ending! I do remember reading others had also guessed what was happening, but in the end it wasn’t that important. I really don’t have much to complain about with this book! 🙂 Thanks so much, Amanda! xxx

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  4. Great review for this book Meggy. 😀 I’m so glad to see you enjoyed The Other Girl despite your initial hesitation in starting it. I’ve had a few books like that and a lot of the time it’s been the same as you, I’ve picked them up eventually and ended up really enjoyed them.
    I think going in without reading the blurb is a good idea as well. I do that with so many of my anticipated releases because I don’t want any expectations about where the plot is going to go. 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much, fab Beth! 🙂 I don’t know why some books get sorted in the “maybe one day” pile when they deserve our attention! I love going blind, but I can’t keep on requesting ARCs and being so buried under the heap that I forget what the books are about, hahahaha!

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      1. That’s all right, and it’s a mystery but it does make for a nice surprise when we eventually get around to them and discover we love them more than we thought we would.
        I’ve had to put myself on a NetGalley request ban, I have so many ARCs to get through still. 🙂

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    1. It helps that the NG books don’t show the cover in the Kindle xD But yeah, I’m glad I finally got to read this one, and I was nicely surprised. It’s so powerful when an author handles a double narration in a great way! Sometimes it ends up being too messy, but here it was perfect! Thank you ❤

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  5. Wonderful review Meggy! I’m glad we ended up having a very similar reading experience with this one… And I don’t like faces on covers either. 😉

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  6. Sounds like you got a winner! 🙂 Sometimes, even when you think you have figured out who the person behind the bad stuff is, it can create a different kind of suspense- are you right? Will you focus on them so much you miss other clues about possible other suspects? It’s great thought that your cracked the case and were still able to enjoy it so much. Miranda sounds great!

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    1. I totally agree! I love the tension of when the good guys are finally gonna figure out who they’re looking for, and I love reading about the big revelation anyway, and making sure I was right xD It’s different but just as good! Miranda is a great character, quite special and great to read about!

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