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[REVIEW] The Other Girl – Erica Spindler

Erica Spindler
The Other Girl
Macmillan St. Martin’s (US: 22nd August 2017); Hachette Little, Brown Sphere (UK: 26th October 2017; AU: 31st October)
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Miranda Rader knows a revenge-killing when she sees one. Yet her colleagues and higher-ups in the police force claim she’s not objective, and that she’s leading witnesses. These men don’t want to believe that a murder victim may have been sexually and psychologically abusive while he was alive.

The deceased’s father protects his son’s reputation in a way that brings to mind the Brock Turner case – wherein if a male commits sexual violence, his future shouldn’t be “ruined” because of “ten minutes of action”. Way to perpetuate rape culture, you terrible parent.

The Other Girl rings true on so many levels: Women not being believed. Men more interested in defending a man’s reputation than supporting his victims. The gaslighting. And women being punished – via employment loss and/or psychological anguish – because they know the truth and speak of it.

It reminds me so much of those conservatives on Twitter shouting about “due process”, because they believe false accusations of rape are more damaging than actually being raped. “Due process” gives the accused the benefit of the doubt, instead of the accuser. This cruel environment supports rapists (or suspected rapists) instead of the raped. They’d rather perps go unpunished than have one false accusation lead to a conviction.

And it’s impossible to ignore the racism that gets innocent black people killed by police or imprisoned, while white rapists walk free to commit their crimes again. (Though race isn’t discussed in the novel, because I think all the characters are white.)

In fewer than 300 pages, Erica Spindler has crafted a timeless thriller packed with hurtful truths. Sometimes no one will believe or help you. But there’s also hope that maybe there’ll be a person like Miranda Rader who won’t give up on you, and will keep fighting for justice.

P.S. Two unrelated characters named Cathy and Catherine confused me. One of them should’ve had a different name.

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Hachette Australia Roadshow: The Tez Edition

I recently attending the Hachette Australia Roadshow in Melbourne, which showcased upcoming books from the publisher that will be getting major publicity pushes.

I took home two books from the goody bag on offer: Karen Hamilton’s The Perfect Girlfriend and Kelly Rimmer’s Before I Let You Go. I’d heard of neither author before, but figured I’ll give these a try.

But my overall impression of the night was disappointing, because I’d hoped to hear that my favourite Hachette authors would be getting the big publicity pushes. Unfortunately, none of them were mentioned. Maybe because the night was focused on 2018 titles, perhaps?

But if you want a box hurled into the sun, you have to do it yourself. After searching through Hachette Australia’s website, I now present to you the upcoming Hachette books I’m interested in, plus a full list of Hachette authors I like – even if they don’t have anything upcoming listed on the site. Though the publication info – including covers and release dates – are for the Australian editions, I’ve included international pre-order links, so everyone can join in to support these authors and books.

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