Synopsis from Penguin Random House:
From the celebrated and bestselling author of The Banker’s Wife, worlds collide when an FBI agent investigates a string of grisly murders on Long Island that raises the impossible question: What happens when the primary suspect is your father?
FBI Agent Nell Flynn hasn’t been home in ten years. Nell and her father, Homicide Detective Martin Flynn, have never had much of a relationship. And Suffolk County will always be awash in memories of her mother, Marisol, who was brutally murdered when Nell was just seven.
When Martin Flynn dies in a motorcycle accident, Nell returns to the house she grew up in so that she can spread her father’s ashes and close his estate. At the behest of her father’s partner, Detective Lee Davis, Nell becomes involved in an investigation into the murders of two young women in Suffolk County. The further Nell digs, the more likely it seems to her that her father should be the prime suspect–and that his friends on the police force are covering his tracks. Plagued by doubts about her mother’s murder–and her own role in exonerating her father in that case–Nell can’t help but ask questions about who killed Ria Ruiz and Adriana Marques and why. But she may not like the answers she finds–not just about those she loves, but about herself.
About: Girls Like Us is a mystery thriller written by Cristina Alger. It will be published on 7/2/2019 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Random House, paperback, 288 pages. The genres are mystery, thriller, and fiction. According to the publisher’s website, “For more than two decades, G.P. Putnam’s Sons has led the publishing industry with more hardcover New York Times bestsellers than any other imprint. With its rich history of publishing established franchises and new talent, as well as award winners, with an unrivaled bestselling track record, Putnam continues to be one of the most respected and prestigious imprints in the industry.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Girls Like Us on 6/18/2019 and finished it on 6/21/2019 at 2:45am. This book is a great read! I enjoyed the conversations and connecting the dots from one murder scene to another. It has a slow start but picks up when a dead body was found. I like that the main character is independent and smart. She sounds like a tomboy who fixes her own roof and able to navigate around a rough house. The mystery and suspense were well placed and I couldn’t guess who the killer was. I enjoyed the mystery with Nell’s dad. That rich man who partied with teens reminds me of the current explosive news about sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.
This book is told in the first person point of view following Nell Flynn, 28 FBI Agent as she and her father’s co-workers ride the fishing boat out to the open water to spread Nell’s dad’s ashes. She grew up with her dad, homicide detective after her mom was murdered but moved away for 10 years after high school. That is to say she hasn’t been close with her dad and doesn’t know what he’s been up to. Now she’s back home with an injured shoulder, a gunshot wound inflicted on the job about a month ago, to deal with the aftermath of her father’s untimely death. While at home, her high school classmate Lee, also her dad’s partner in homicide came to ask her for help on a new murder case, a body just discovered that morning. As she investigate, she couldn’t help but noticed the connection of the new murder case to the one her dad worked on last year.
Girls Like Us is well written and an interesting read involving undocumented Latina. This book should’ve been longer because towards the end, I feel like it was all a summary instead of actual actions. I want to read the steps and strategies leading up to finding out who the killer is and the raid from the FBI. I think that would’ve been an adrenaline rush read. I would have enjoyed more if there’s a view of the bad guy, killer or the SCPD going about doing their misdeeds. Revealing everything after the fact makes the main character sounds smart but it takes away the excitement of the actual occurrences. I would also have enjoyed the process of police doing the undercover, walking among the enemies while pretending to be the bad guys. Overall, it was an interesting plot and I do recommend everyone to read this book.
Pro: diversity, rich vs poor neighborhoods, local police vs FBI, unsolved murders, serial killer
Con: lack of detailed actions
I rate it 4 stars!
About the Author:
Cristina Alger is the author of The Darlings and This Was Not the Plan. A graduate of Harvard College and NYU Law School, she worked as a financial analyst and a corporate attorney before becoming a writer. She lives in New York with her husband and children. (Photo and info obtained from Penguin’s website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to G.P. Putnam’s Sons for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.