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The Other Girl

The Other Girl

A Novel

Erica Spindler

St. Martin's Press

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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.

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CHAPTER ONE


Harmony, Louisiana

3:10 A.M.

Harmony PD Detective Miranda Rader parked behind the two cruisers already at the scene. Their flashing blue lights violated the otherwise...

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Praise for The Other Girl

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THE OTHER GIRL

“[A] superlative romantic thriller....Multidimensional characters with a plethora of hidden agendas help drive the riveting plot to its explosive conclusion.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“An amazing thriller that has everything readers have come to expect from one of Spindler’s novels. With twists and turns around every corner, you will be hanging on to the edge of your seat to find out what happens next. The characters are so complex that readers will be surprised at what they are hiding beneath their exteriors. A fantastic thriller from one of the best in the genre!” —RT Reviews

Praise for Erica Spindler:

“[A] heated romantic thriller…strong personalities make for some wonderfully tense revelations.” —Publishers Weekly on The First Wife

“Spindler’s chilling novels explore our deepest fear—that danger is closer than we think. She is a master of addictive suspense.” —Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Detective D.D. Warren Series on Justice for Sara

“[A] spine-tingling romantic thriller…With red herrings aplenty, Spindler keeps the reader guessing until the last page.” —Publishers Weekly on Justice for Sara

“Spindler hooks readers into her latest.” —RT Book Reviews on The First Wife

“As Kat’s investigation deepens, risks multiply; knotted threads, inevitably about money, gradually untangle; and Spindler suspensefully strips away layers of deceit and guilt, revealing years of secrets and silences. Diverting and entertaining.” —Booklist on Justice for Sara

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About the author

Erica Spindler

New York Times bestselling author ERICA SPINDLER has written more than thirty novels, including The First Wife, Justice for Sara, Watch Me Die, Blood Vines, Breakneck, and Last Known Victim. She lives just outside New Orleans, Louisiana, with her husband and two sons.

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