New York Times bestselling author Erica Spindler has written more than 30 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.
11 a.m. to Noon
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 4
Louisiana Ladies of Mystery
12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
The Other Girl: A Novel
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.
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.
More evidence emerges, and Miranda finds herself under the microscope, her honesty and integrity doubted, her motivations questioned. Alone, the way she’d been all those years ago, Miranda realizes she must face her past to find the truth—before it’s too late. For her . . . and the other girl.
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