Old Demons Won’t Die in Erica Spindler’s ‘The Other Girl’ [REVIEW]

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Two murders. One cop. Nothing links them except a past she’d prefer to forget. (Photo by Tony Webster, Flickr)

Raised on the wrong side of the tracks, one woman reinvented herself and became a well-respected cop. But sometimes the past refuses to stay buried, especially when two murders threaten to resurrect dark secrets in Erica Spindler’s new thriller, The Other Girl. 

Erica Spindler's THE OTHER GIRL

St. Martin’s Press

A beloved college professor has just been brutally murdered in the small town of Harmony, Louisiana, and Officer Miranda Radar is on the case. In all her years on the force, she’s never seen anything like it. But it isn’t the murder which has sent her reeling.

A 15-year-old faded newspaper clipping is found on the scene, one which ties her to the killer and dredges up a nightmare she tried to forget. But someone has other plans, and seems bent on destroying the new life Radar has built.

Hence, as more evidence surfaces, Radar comes under scrutiny even as she and her partner pursue a murderer who hides in plain sight and exacts justice for past wrongs. This is a vicious game of cat-and-mouse, one that is both terrifying and deadly.

Tightly plotted and carefully executed, The Other Girl is a novel that is sure to delight Spindler’s faithful following. Once again, she vividly uncovers the carefully shrouded secrets of small town life and populates the story with authentic, flawed, and layered characters readers will relate to.

Although fans of Tami Hoag and Lisa Gardner will love the way Spindler increases the tension here, one revelation at a time, like a deadly noose that threatens to leave them breathless, others will love the subtle message the author leaves for us all: sometimes in order to move forward, we need to put the past to rest. Thoughtful and complex, The Other Girl compells readers to devour the story whole, and will without fail hold them captive until the shocking climax.


Erica Spindler

Erica Spindler
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Erica Spindler is the New York Times bestselling author of BreakneckBlood VinesWatch Me DieBone ColdIn Silence, and Last Known VictimHer books have been published in 25 countries.

Raised in Rockford, Illinois, Spindler planned on becoming an artist, and earned visual arts degrees from Delta State University and the University of New Orleans. But one day in 1982, she picked up a romance novel ans was immediately hooked.

She soon tried to write her own romance, but it was when she leapt from romance to suspense that she found her true calling. Spindler has won the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for excellence, the Kiss of Death Award, and has been a three-time RITA Award Finalist.

She lives just outside New Orleans, Louisiana, with her husband and two sons. Readers are invited to visit her at her home on the Web at EricaSpindler.com, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.

By Erica Spindler
256 pgs. St. Martin’s Press. $26.99

About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

3 Responses to Old Demons Won’t Die in Erica Spindler’s ‘The Other Girl’ [REVIEW]

  1. Kailyn Kausen says:

    I’m generally not someone who reads thrillers or crime novels but this one actually sounds pretty good.

  2. Jathan Fink says:

    Reblogged this on Jadeworks Entertainment and commented:

    No matter how hard she’s tried to bury the past, one cop must face her demons if she’s ever to get any peace. Erica Spindler’s THE OTHER GIRL is one of those novels that grabs readers by the throat and refuses to let go.

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