Genres: Thriller, Crime
I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The Other Girl comes out today! I read this book in one sitting. Need I say more?
Officer Miranda Rader of the Hammond PD in Louisiana is known for her honesty, integrity, and steady hand in a crisis—but that wasn’t always so. Miranda comes from Jasper, just south of Hammond, 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 leave the girl she used to be behind and earn respect in her position as an officer.
However, 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 gruesomeness 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 a terrible night from her long-buried past. Then another man turns up dead, this one a retired cop, and not just any cop—Clint Wheeler, the cop who took her statement that night. Two murders, two very different men, two killings that on the surface had nothing in common—except Miranda. 14 years ago.
And when her fingerprints turn up at the scene of the first murder, Miranda once again finds herself under the microscope, her honesty and integrity doubted, her motivations questioned. Alone again, the trust of her colleagues shattered, Miranda must try to trust the instincts she’s pushed down for so long, and decide what’s right—before it’s too late.
I started reading The Other Girl with little expectation for it. I had read quite some good reviews, but I was not ready for how gripping this book was. I had just finished another book in the middle of the afternoon when I decided to pick up The Other Girl just to read a little bit… and I was done with it a few hours later.
It tells the story of Miranda, a cop who suffered a trauma when she was a teenager and never saw the perpetrator of it pay. She was kidnapped and would have been raped if she hadn’t luckily escaped that night. But she was not the only one… there was also another girl, who she could never help and it still haunts Miranda 14 years later. Now, as a gory murder that looks like revenge takes place, she must face her past if she wants to uncover the killer.
The writing style is the usual for a thriller: simple, direct. It tells the facts as they are with no flourishing or sugar coating it, but still I found it deeply emotional. The themes of the book are quite heavy: kidnapping, date rape drug, rape, murder. The descriptions can get gory, but it never felt that it was just for shocking the reader, but rather part of the story. I liked Miranda, although I found her a bit slow in her thought process and a little too trusting – but aren’t all thriller protagonists like that? So that didn’t bother me. It was easy to relate to her, and I loved seeing her grow and accept that victims of violence can cause pain to those they love and try to protect, that people can make awful mistakes but can also find forgiveness. It’s a story of pain and revenge but there is hope at its core.
I loved it.
This book is so fast paced, so unapologetic to touch on sensitive topics while also treating them with respect and a no-bullshit approach. I also really loved that, for a change, the dead victim isn’t a pretty young woman. I hadn’t read the synopsis in a while when I started reading the book, so when the first chapter showed Miranda being quite reckless with her safety, I actually expected her to be the body on chapter 2.
The Other Girl is so perfect for travelling, you won’t even feel time pass. I recommend this book highly.
Verdict: The Other Girl is a great book! I thought it was very well executed and people who love a gory thriller will love this one. This book touches on many sensitive topics, namely rape, drugs, physical abuse, trauma, graphic violence and murder. If those are ok for you, then I recommend it!