The real truth | The Other Girl by Erica Spindler



Published on August 22, 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Rating: ★★★★★



From the New York Times bestselling author of Justice for Sara and The First Wife Erica Spindler comes The Other Girl, a chilling new thriller about a ritualistic murder of a college professor that sends a small town cop back into the trauma she thought she’d put behind her.

“Explosive.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A fantastic thriller from one of the best in the genre!” —RT Reviews

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.


(Source: I would like to thank the publisher for providing the copy. This will not influence my review.)

“You can’t run away from your past. It always catches up to you.”

The other girl has so many undertones. It speaks the true life and struggles of being a woman who experienced sexual abuse and harassment.

Miranda is a police officer and was assigned to a brutal crime to this guy named Richard Stark. While looking for the real reason of the crime, it leads to the past that she’s been holding for years.

Personally, the other girl has two reasons. One is the the past of Miranda during her teenage years and the other one is the other girl who’s with Miranda during that night of the harassment. During Miranda’s teenage years, she asks for help to the police because there this other girl named Cathy she left at the forest where the guy brought them and when they went there suddenly it was all cleared. She has a lot of questions after that night especially when a lot of people doesn’t believe on her because of her wild attitude and they couldn’t trust her.

This sums up about our society these days, when someone had been raped or sexual abuse they gave them a benefit of the doubt and worse they didn’t have a proper justice. Women are scared to step on and tell the truth because other people will not understand them. Boys will be boys as what they said, it is the story that shows the dark truth of society.

The author’s writing is great, I truly admire the way she writes that it isn’t confusing. The pacing of the story is good and you can finish it in one day since each chapter is very quick.

For me, this story will open up a lot of discussion and will also help women to take each other’s back. After all, we know the struggles that we faced each day.

I recommend it to all people because this book deserves more discussion.


How many times do we need to suffer this kind of abuse?


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