Girls Like Us

Girls Like Us

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 r...

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Title:Girls Like Us
Author:Cristina Alger
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Girls Like Us Reviews

  • Chris

    “Girls Like Us is something special: A beautiful, deeply textured novel and a poignant, surprising mystery. I loved it, every chapter and every word. I’m going to be thinking about it as a reader, a father, and a storyteller for a long, long time.”

  • Julie (JuJu)

    I’d really like to give this book 3.5 ⭐’s. It was mysterious and twisty enough to keep me intrigued to the end, and the writing was excellent, so I’m rounding up to 4 ⭐’s.

    My previous read was focused around memories. This book didn’t focus on memories quite as much, but they certainly played their part. Are they always reliable? Can we tell ourselves something enough times, it becomes real to us? The author threw out so many threads that lead in so many different directions, I wasn’t sure where

    I’d really like to give this book 3.5 ⭐️’s. It was mysterious and twisty enough to keep me intrigued to the end, and the writing was excellent, so I’m rounding up to 4 ⭐️’s.

    My previous read was focused around memories. This book didn’t focus on memories quite as much, but they certainly played their part. Are they always reliable? Can we tell ourselves something enough times, it becomes real to us? The author threw out so many threads that lead in so many different directions, I wasn’t sure where to focus my attention. I was kept guessing to the end!

    While Nell and her father went on a camping trip when she was seven, her mother stayed home. She was brutally murdered, so Nell was raised by her father. Marty was a cop with the local PD, in the homicide division, but they were never very close. She grew up around his PD coworker’s and they were like her family. Dorsey, was even Nell’s godfather. Nell herself became an FBI agent in the BAU, after leaving home.

    She returns to her home in Long Island after her father is killed in a tragic motorcycle accident, to attend his funeral and take care of his estate. Just a quick trip and she’s out of there. Then a murder victim is found and she’s asked to consult on the case by Lee. Her father’s previous partner and another local that Nell grew up with.

    Her father had a case the previous summer that he never closed. Similar profile. She begins to suspect the local PD of corruption. Even her deceased father isn’t above her suspicion. It turns out that her father had secrets that could link him to the murder. But was he capable of murder? Even though they weren’t close, it’s hard to imagine the man that raised her being responsible for murder. And if the local PD is corrupt, she can’t share her suspicions with them.

    Between the investigation and being in her childhood home, memories of her own mother’s murder begin to bubble to the surface. She was so young. She was never sure about what happened that night. Her dad had a fierce temper, but could he have killed his own wife...and her mother?

    I love trying new authors and Cristina Alger is one I’ll read again!

    Thank you to Edelweiss, G.P. Putnam’s Sons and Cristina Alger, for this ARC, in exchange for my honest review!

    4 ⭐️’s

    July 2nd 2019 by G.P. Putnam's Sons

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  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is

    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

    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.

    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!

    ***Disclaimer: Many thanks to G.P. Putnam’s Sons for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.

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  • Lisa

    A dramatic and tension-filled crime thriller with a delightfully strong and courageous female protagonist.

    SUMMARY

    FBI Agent Nell Flynn hasn’t been home for ten years. It’s a place she had no desire to see again. Her mother had been brutally murdered there when she was only seven. She and her father never had a particularly close relationship. And now her father, a thirty-year homicide police officer, is killed in a motorcycle accident. She returns to Suffolk County on Long Island, New York to sca

    A dramatic and tension-filled crime thriller with a delightfully strong and courageous female protagonist.

    SUMMARY

    FBI Agent Nell Flynn hasn’t been home for ten years. It’s a place she had no desire to see again. Her mother had been brutally murdered there when she was only seven. She and her father never had a particularly close relationship. And now her father, a thirty-year homicide police officer, is killed in a motorcycle accident. She returns to Suffolk County on Long Island, New York to scatter his ashes and sell his house.

    While she is there, her father‘s partner, Lee Davis asks Nell for help on the investigation of the murders of two young Hispanic women. It’s the case her father was working on when he died As Nell investigates, she discovers that her father had all the traits they were looking for in the murder suspect. He was tall, left-handed and drove a red truck. His truck had might even had been seen sitting outside one of the victims house just before she disappeared. Could his friends on the police force be covering his tracks. Did her father perhaps kill himself over his guilt or was something else going on here?

    REVIEW

    GIRLS LIKE US is a irresistible crime thriller with a strong, vulnerable and relatable protagonist. Nell’s courage and persistence drives the plot of this dramatic story. I was hooked when Nell climbs on board Glenn Dorsey’s fishing boat with a cooler of Guinness and an urn. The plot is tightly woven and packed full of tension and mystery. Suffolk County on Long Island seems like the perfect setting for this gray novel.

    My favorite part of the novel was Nell’s character, particularly her objectivity and need for answers. I loved how the story is told from her perspective. While I didn’t like the frequency of Nell’s flash backs to her childhood, I did appreciate how they greatly informed the backstory of her relationship with her father. In a sense this is a story about how our past, our childhood, make us who we are today. If you like crime mysteries you have to put this one on your reading list.

    Author Cristina Alger is a lifelong New Yorker. She graduated from Harvard University and NYU Law School. She worked as a financial analyst and a corporate attorney before becoming a writer. Her third novel The Banker’s Wife (2018) was a USA Today bestseller and was one of my favorite books of 2018.

    Thanks to Netgalley for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    Publisher G. P. Putnams’s Sons

    Published July 2, 2019

    Review

  • Toni

    FBI agent Nell Flynn has never had a close relationship with her father Martin. When she was seven, her mother was brutally murdered in their home, while Nell was out camping with her father. The police quickly found a culprit, although there were some doubts voiced by an astute reporter. Now Nell is back to Suffolk county to scatter her father’s ashes. Her father, who had a recurring problem with alcohol, had a motorbike accident, which could and was easily attributed to his tiredness, slippery

    FBI agent Nell Flynn has never had a close relationship with her father Martin. When she was seven, her mother was brutally murdered in their home, while Nell was out camping with her father. The police quickly found a culprit, although there were some doubts voiced by an astute reporter. Now Nell is back to Suffolk county to scatter her father’s ashes. Her father, who had a recurring problem with alcohol, had a motorbike accident, which could and was easily attributed to his tiredness, slippery road conditions and old tires on the bike. Nell is still recovering, physically and mentally, from a shoot out during her previous case, when, unexpectedly, her father’s partner and Nell’s former schoolmate Lee Davis asks her to come to a murder scene and give a consult as a behavioural profiler. The victim is quickly identified as Adriana Marquez, a young Latina girl who lived with her sister’s family and provided escorting services from time to time. The case bears an uncanny resemblance to another cold case her father was working on. Soon Nell begins to suspect that her father might have known a lot more and could have even been involved in these crimes either as a perpetrator, or an accomplice.

    The book is extremely fast-paced and gripping. It kept me up until the small hours- I just needed to know how it was going to end. I loved the protagonist with her tenacious spirit and sense of justice. After all, Ria and Adriana were girls like us, girls who deserved a better life and chance for happiness. At the very least, as victims of these horrendous crimes, they deserve their case being properly investigated, the murderer punished and their death being mourned for what it was- a tragic waste of young life and hope.

    Highly recommended for anybody who loves action-packed thrillers with a strong female lead.

    Thank you to Edelweiss and G.P.Putnam’s sons for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

  • marilyn

    Nell Flynn is an FBI agent who hasn't been home in ten years. Now she is back because her police detective dad had died in a motorcycle accident and she needs to scatter his ashes and deal with his home, will, and then leave Suffolk County behind forever. Her hometown really doesn't have good memories for her since her mom was murdered in their home when she was seven, and her distant, prone to anger dad, didn't make growing up a pleasant experience. Nell is happiest living out of a suitcase, on

    Nell Flynn is an FBI agent who hasn't been home in ten years. Now she is back because her police detective dad had died in a motorcycle accident and she needs to scatter his ashes and deal with his home, will, and then leave Suffolk County behind forever. Her hometown really doesn't have good memories for her since her mom was murdered in their home when she was seven, and her distant, prone to anger dad, didn't make growing up a pleasant experience. Nell is happiest living out of a suitcase, on the road all the time, investigating cases on her own, working all the time. People are not her thing, work is what she loves and does and working is when she feels the most comfortable.

    The young partner of Nell's dad, Lee Davis, asks her to collaborate on a grisly murder investigation of two young sex workers and there are signs that their murders could be the work of a serial killer. It's clear to Nell that law enforcement in Suffolk County is corrupt and several people on the police force could be involved in crimes that include murder. In fact, the more Nell learns, the more she wonders if her dad could have killed her mother all those years ago and might have killed the young sex workers. Nell realizes there are few people she can trust and that even her life may be in danger. This is a very grim, gritty, story and I enjoyed a lot but there is very little happiness to be found in Nell's life and the book. I wouldn't mind reading more about Nell's work and future if there is ever a sequel. She is one no nonsense woman who has no time for fluff in her life.

    Thank you G.P. Putnam's Sons/Penguin Publishing Group and Edelweiss for this ARC.

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    Four I’m hooked from the first page, gripping, fast-paced, making me skip lunch and five tea times ( I already lost 3 pounds, so it works better than Keto Diet) and turning pages nonstop to learn how it ends stars!!!

    The plot: FBI agent Nell Flynn returns back to her childhood for his estranged police officer father’s sudden death from motorcycle accident. She finds herself involve into the investigation of grisly murders of young girls and search of a serial killer.

    The story progression: As soo

    Four I’m hooked from the first page, gripping, fast-paced, making me skip lunch and five tea times ( I already lost 3 pounds, so it works better than Keto Diet) and turning pages nonstop to learn how it ends stars!!!

    The plot: FBI agent Nell Flynn returns back to her childhood for his estranged police officer father’s sudden death from motorcycle accident. She finds herself involve into the investigation of grisly murders of young girls and search of a serial killer.

    The story progression: As soon as she starts digging more about murders, she finds out her father might have involved. She found his offshore bank account, an apartment lease for a young Latina girl, one of the victim’s cell phone and photos of victims at her father’s place. Considering his father’s anger management issues and alcoholism, barely raising her alone because of her mother’s violent murder, increase the suspicions over him!

    The characters: Nell acts like rough, introvert, loner, a typical tomboy. But she’s smart. She can catch the subtleties efficiently. She acts nonchalant, but she’s emotional, hurt, shaken and she needs to make peace with her past to move on!

    This book keeps your attention alert, pumping adrenaline, endorphin into your veins, makes you feel like you finished a marathon, sweaty, breathless, smelling.

    But you finally realized all the pieces of puzzle have found the right places so you may get a proper and peaceful sleep.

    One part about one of my favorite character broke my part. Maybe I shouldn’t connect them so easily. It always makes me feel like I get the news that one of my best TV series is canceled! (As the most mature reaction, I start to cry and scream “WHHYYYY”! So what happens in fiction world should stay in fiction world, right?)

    As a summary: I like it a lot. Better than most crime thrillers with satisfying ending and smartly story development. If you keen on this genre, it’s a great “finished at one sit” book for you.

  • BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)

    4.5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫

    4.5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

    Nell Flynn hasn't seen her father in 10 years when she is forced to return home following his death. Nell's shaky relationship with her father is about to get even rockier as she is pulled in to a local investigation of a young undocumented latina sex worker that is suspected to be the work of a serial killer. Nell quickly realizes that her old hometown might be harboring deadly secrets and there are few, if any, people she can trust - including her own father.

    I loved that there were so many strong females in positions of power who weren't afraid to do what had to be done in the face of men who were trying to keep them subservient. I also appreciated that these women were duty bound and determined to uncover what happened to these young women and saw them as "girls like us" despite the hometown boy consensus that these undocumented, latina sex workers were "less than" and not worthy of a full blown, intensive investigation. Nell and her FBI crew were definitely the kind of people you want to see in law enforcement and I'm hoping we might see more of them in the future. Hint, hint Cristina Alger! 😉

  • Sandy

    It should have been so simple. FBI agent Nell Flynn hasn’t seen her father in 10 years when she gets news he died in a motorcycle accident. All she has to do is return to Long Island, scatter his ashes & put the house up for sale. Poor Nell…she has no idea her visit will make her rethink everything she thought she knew about about her family & friends.

    Nell is on medical leave due to events around her last case. Being back in her childhood home lifts the lid on a lot of memories & tha

    It should have been so simple. FBI agent Nell Flynn hasn’t seen her father in 10 years when she gets news he died in a motorcycle accident. All she has to do is return to Long Island, scatter his ashes & put the house up for sale. Poor Nell…she has no idea her visit will make her rethink everything she thought she knew about about her family & friends.

    Nell is on medical leave due to events around her last case. Being back in her childhood home lifts the lid on a lot of memories & that’s amplified when her father’s colleagues begin to drop by. Martin Flynn was a cop & these men were his brothers in blue. Nell’s mother died young & she’s known most of them since she was a kid. Among them is Lee Davis, an old school friend & her dad’s last partner. And he has a favour to ask.

    The body of a young woman has just been found. The MO is not only disturbing but eerily reminiscent of a case her father was working on when he died. Lee is well aware Nell works with the Behavioural Analysis Unit & wants her to visit the crime scene to see if she has any insight to share.

    That should have been the end of it. But Nell’s innate curiosity & need for answers kicks in & soon she’s spending more time investigating than dealing with her father’s estate. Picking away at the dead woman’s life leads her to information that turns her world upside down. As she hunts for a suspect, witness statements & other evidence keep pointing to the same person….her father.

    There are many threads in this book & it’s better you go in without any more hints from me. An intricate plot & well developed characters combine for a thought provoking read with plenty of surprises. I read this author’s previous work (

    ) & found this slower with darker tones I enjoyed.

    The story is just as much about Nell’s past as it is about the present. There are long passages interspersed throughout that reveal various vignettes from her childhood. They help us understand her relationship with her parents & why Nell left when she was 18. But I did find this frustrating at times as it slowed the pace & any building tension was snuffed each time the current story line was interrupted. They inform the present to some extent but fewer of them would pack the same punch & even out the book’s flow. It would also provide more space for the ending. The pace picks up at warp speed with many elements wrapped up at once but instead of “being there” while it all went down, we’re only told about them after the fact.

    But what these passages did very well is illuminate how our memories are influenced by time & circumstances. Things you remember from childhood can take on a different spin when revisited as an adult. Experience gives us the tools to see more angles & like Nell, you might be left wondering what was real.

    I really liked Nell. She’s smart, confident & fearless. She may have had a rocky past with her father but he’s still her Dad. She’s a daughter who doesn’t want to acknowledge where the clues lead but she’s also an FBI agent who can’t ignore evidence. It’s one thing to not really like your father, quite another to accept the possibility he’s a killer. Either way, Nell decides she has to know & her desire for the truth ends up changing the lives of everyone involved. If this is the start of a series, I’d gladly tag along on her next adventure.

  • Berit☀️✨

    Cristina Alger has a new fan!🙋🏻♀ This was a compulsive dark and gritty ride. Nell has returned home to spread her fathersashes, after being gone for 10 years. Nell is a FBI agent who works in the Behavioral Analysis Unit, amd is currently on injury leave after being shot. Nell thought she was just going to stay home long enough to settle her dad’s estate, but she soon finds herself in the middle of a serial murder investigation. An investigation that will expose corruption and reveal secrets tha

    Cristina Alger has a new fan!🙋🏻‍♀️ This was a compulsive dark and gritty ride. Nell has returned home to spread her fathersashes, after being gone for 10 years. Nell is a FBI agent who works in the Behavioral Analysis Unit, amd is currently on injury leave after being shot. Nell thought she was just going to stay home long enough to settle her dad’s estate, but she soon finds herself in the middle of a serial murder investigation. An investigation that will expose corruption and reveal secrets that could possibly destroy those close to Nell, including her father’s Legacy. The story drug me down a dark and twisty road with Nell who would stop at nothing to find the truth.

    Nell was one strong relentless Bad b*tch. I love her obsession with justice and the truth. I appreciated how hard she fought for these girls even though others thought they were “worthless“. The title of this book is so appropriate. This was a book filled with strong, smart, and spirited women. GIRLS LIKE US!💪🏻An absolute must read for all crime thriller fans! An intricate intriguing story full of well-developed characters and a multi layered Mystery. The perfect summer read! !

    *** Big thanks to GP Putnam for my gifted copy ***

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