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

  • Title: Girls Like Us
  • Author: Cristina Alger
  • ISBN: 0525535802
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 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 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store 13.99 StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisIndigoBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Hardcover, 276 pages Published July 2nd 2019 by G.P Putnam s Sons More Details ISBN 0525535802 ISBN13 9780525535805 Edition Language English Other Editions 6 All Editions Add a New Edition 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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 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 flag 166 likesLike see review View all 22 comments Jul 15, 2019 Lindsay Traveling Sister rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves edelweiss, traveling friends read 4.5 stars Loved the characters Loved the atmosphere Loved the storyline Twelve years after moving away, FBI agent Nell Flynn, returns to her small seaside hometown to handle closing her father s estate Nell s mother was murdered when Nell was a child and since then, she and her father, a police detective, had a rocky relationship When Nell was old enough to be on her own, she left her hometown and never looked back Now that she is back in her childhood town following her father s death, ol 4.5 stars Loved the characters Loved the atmosphere Loved the storyline Twelve years after moving away, FBI agent Nell Flynn, returns to her small seaside hometown to handle closing her father s estate Nell s mother was murdered when Nell was a child and since then, she and her father, a police detective, had a rocky relationship When Nell was old enough to be on her own, she left her hometown and never looked back Now that she is back in her childhood town following her father s death, old memories return and she is drawn to looking into some unanswered questions about her past Shortly after her arrival, a dead body is found and Nell finds herself helping the local police investigate Could the body be connected to one of her father s old cases These characters were fantastic I ADORED Nell She was such a strong yet vulnerable character who I was rooting for from start to finish Each character carried an air of mystery which kept me curious to see how things would play out The atmosphere was thick and engrossing throughout this thrilling and edgy storyline which had me flipping the pages as quickly as possible I really enjoyed the writing the pace and flow of the story was excellent I look forward to reading from this author Thank you to Edelweiss for providing me with an ARC to read and review Girls Like Us is available now flag 111 likesLike see review View all 26 comments Jul 07, 2019 Berit rated it really liked it Shelves arc physical, 2019, bookstagram tour 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 flag 107 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Jul 01, 2019 BernLuvsBooks Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas rated it really liked it Shelves adult reads, edelweiss, 2019 4.5 5 A string of grisly murders on Long Island, a serial killer and a BAU profiler with doubts that her father might be the killer I was ALL IN for this book I mean, it sounds like it could be an episode of my fave show Criminal Minds How could I not read it This book totally lived up to my expectations If you enjoy mystery thrillers pick this one up it will not disappoint The book was twisty, tension filled and mysterious, the writing was excellent and the main character was a s 4.5 5 A string of grisly murders on Long Island, a serial killer and a BAU profiler with doubts that her father might be the killer I was ALL IN for this book I mean, it sounds like it could be an episode of my fave show Criminal Minds How could I not read it This book totally lived up to my expectations If you enjoy mystery thrillers pick this one up it will not disappoint The book was twisty, tension filled and mysterious, the writing was excellent and the main character was a strong, courageous bad a female 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.Girls Like Us kept me on the edge of my seat, furiously turning the pages 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 of them in the future Hint, hint Cristina Alger Huge thank you to Cristina Alger, Putnam Books and Edelweiss for an arc of this book in exchange for my honest review Obviously, I loved it flag 116 likesLike see review View all 33 comments Jul 28, 2019 Larry H rated it really liked it 4.5 stars.What a pleasure it is to read a thriller that doesn t have an unreliable narrator, one which keeps you guessing about every single plot point because you don t know what is true and what is a figment of their imagination FBI agent Nell Flynn returns to her childhood home in Long Island s Suffolk County for the first time in 10 years when her father, Martin, a homicide detective, is killed in a motorcycle accident.Nell and her father were never close, particularly after her mother was b 4.5 stars.What a pleasure it is to read a thriller that doesn t have an unreliable narrator, one which keeps you guessing about every single plot point because you don t know what is true and what is a figment of their imagination FBI agent Nell Flynn returns to her childhood home in Long Island s Suffolk County for the first time in 10 years when her father, Martin, a homicide detective, is killed in a motorcycle accident.Nell and her father were never close, particularly after her mother was brutally murdered when Nell was seven Even though she followed in Martin s footsteps and became a cop, their relationship was always a bit strained and never really went beyond the exchange of polite information and conversation Dad had an unshakable, almost evangelical sense of right and wrong But there were contradictions He loathed drugs but felt comfortable pickling his liver in scotch.The criminals he most despised were abusers of women and children, but I once saw him strike my mother so hard across the face that a red outline of his hand was imprinted on her skin Dad had his own code I learned early not to second guess it At least, not out loud Returning home to Suffolk County awakens a lot of memories for Nell, and she s anxious simply to scatter Martin s ashes, get his house ready to sell, and never return again But her father s partner, whom she knew from high school, asks for her help investigating the murder of a young woman whose body was found mutilated in a park It seems this murder is connected to another murder uncovered about a month earlier, which means there very well could be a serial killer on the loose in Suffolk County.It turns out that Martin was investigating the first murder when he died While the police seem to have a suspect who looks good for both murders, or at least was involved somehow, they couldn t seem to make the charges stick the first time, but they hope to nail him this time Nell, however, sees that there are definitive doubts about this man s guilt, yet the police don t seem interested in pursuing any other avenues in terms of a suspect.The Nell starts to dig into the lives of the two young women, the she realizes that there is definitely a second suspect her father There are too many coincidences and too many connections But could her father have been capable of murder And if he murdered these two women, was he guilty of murdering her mother all those years ago That question fills Nell with rage and sadness, especially because her seven year old self was her father s alibi.As Nell conducts her own secret investigation, she discovers the murders were part of a much larger operation, involving allegations of police brutality, blackmail, corruption, and prostitution, involving people far beyond Suffolk County It s easy for the police to write off the two young women as victims because they were undocumented and occasionally worked as escorts, but Nell is determined that their deaths not be in vain but she doesn t realize what a hornet s nest she s stirred up Girls Like Us drew me in from the very first pages and didn t let go until the last I read the book in one sitting, and stayed up late last night or this morning, technically to finish it There certainly were a few twists I didn t see coming, one which confused me in the way it was initially presented and one which disappointed me a bit, but Cristina Alger didn t let up with the book s pacing until the very end.Nell is a fantastic character and I wouldn t mind seeing her featured in another book I ve been a big fan of Alger s writing since her first book, and I love the way each book she has written is somewhat different I had been waiting to read Girls Like Us for a while, and I m so glad it was as good as I hoped it would be See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at You can follow me on Instagram at flag 90 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Jun 28, 2019 marilyn rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves buddy read, edelweiss 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 Nell learns, the 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 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 flag 84 likesLike see review View all 30 comments Jul 15, 2019 Norma Traveling Sister rated it liked it Shelves netgalley edelweiss approved, traveling sister reads An easy breezy, entertaining and quick read GIRLS LIKE US by CHRISTINA ALGER was an interesting premise with a fabulous and strong female character that mildly held my interest throughout I was immediately intrigued and thoroughly enjoyed the mystery but felt like I was never fully engaged though I was a little disappointed with the way a few things played out in the end which lowered my rating to 3 stars.I enjoyed it just didn t love it as much as I would have liked It was a much loved book An easy breezy, entertaining and quick read GIRLS LIKE US by CHRISTINA ALGER was an interesting premise with a fabulous and strong female character that mildly held my interest throughout I was immediately intrigued and thoroughly enjoyed the mystery but felt like I was never fully engaged though I was a little disappointed with the way a few things played out in the end which lowered my rating to 3 stars.I enjoyed it just didn t love it as much as I would have liked It was a much loved book by quite a few other Traveling Friends though so please don t let my rating review deter you from picking this one up.3.5 Stars rounded down Thank you so much to Edelweiss, G.P Putnam s Sons and Cristina Alger for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy of this book.Review can also be found on our Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee Reading book blog flag 84 likesLike see review View all 30 comments May 30, 2019 Sandy rated it really liked it Shelves arc from publisher, family drama, corruption, crime, detectives, suspense 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 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 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 The Banker s Wife 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 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 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 flag 61 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Feb 23, 2019 Chris rated it it was amazing 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 flag 56 likesLike see review Jul 16, 2019 Brenda Host of Traveling Sisters Friends rated it liked it Shelves traveling friends reads, summer reading challenge, edelweiss After reading so many reviews on my feed for Girls Like Us I decided to use it for another prompt for the Summer Reading Challange Now I didn t enjoy this one as much as some of my friends did There was just something missing here for me to create that fast paced suspenseful reading experience I was looking forward too Maybe it was my expectation for that I loved our main character here Nell Fynn and she has all the elements to her character I love She is strong with emo After reading so many reviews on my feed for Girls Like Us I decided to use it for another prompt for the Summer Reading Challange Now I didn t enjoy this one as much as some of my friends did There was just something missing here for me to create that fast paced suspenseful reading experience I was looking forward too Maybe it was my expectation for that I loved our main character here Nell Fynn and she has all the elements to her character I love She is strong with emotional baggage, independent and determined to find answers even at a high cost to herself Christina Alger started off building that suspense for me and I really wanted to see of how that high cost to Nell all comes together however it all just didn t wrap up as well as I wanted it too I struggled to get to the ending I still recommend as Norma and I were the outliers here leaving Lindsay and our friends in this group read loving this one I received a copy from the publisher on Edelweiss flag 53 likesLike see review View all 24 comments Jun 29, 2019 Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves 2019, netgalley, 4 star reviews, kindle, netgalley2019 A dramatic and tension filled crime thriller with a delightfully strong and courageous female protagonistMMARYFBI 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 protagonistMMARYFBI 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 REVIEWGIRLS 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 SonsPublished July 2, 2019Review bluestockingreviews flag 46 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jun 28, 2019 Julie JuJu rated it really liked it Shelves books i have, br 2019, arc s, 52 books, wom read 2019, ng 2019 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.Excerpts So many puzzle pieces, none of which seem to fit The white board looks like a spider s web, connecting Suffolk County s richest residents to its poorest 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 wifeand 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 My Rating 4 sPublished July 2nd 2019 by G.P Putnam s SonsPages 288Recommend Yes flag 46 likesLike see review View all 13 comments Jun 21, 2019 Jasmine from How Useful It Is rated it really liked it Shelves thrillers, from publisher 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 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 killerCon lack of detailed actionsI 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.xoxo,Jasmine at howusefulitis.wordpress for details flag 45 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jun 19, 2019 Toni rated it really liked it Shelves 2019, thriller 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 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.My reviews can also be found on flag 43 likesLike see review May 04, 2019 Cindy Burnett rated it it was amazing In a genre completely overrun with domestic thrillers and unreliable narrators, Girls Like Us is a breath of fresh air and a very welcome addition A true mystery in the best sense of the word, Girls Like Us stars FBI agent Nell Flynn who has come to Suffolk County, on Long Island, New York, to handle her homicide detective father s affairs following his untimely death Soon after she arrives, the local police force asks her to consult on a case involving the deaths of two young women The In a genre completely overrun with domestic thrillers and unreliable narrators, Girls Like Us is a breath of fresh air and a very welcome addition A true mystery in the best sense of the word, Girls Like Us stars FBI agent Nell Flynn who has come to Suffolk County, on Long Island, New York, to handle her homicide detective father s affairs following his untimely death Soon after she arrives, the local police force asks her to consult on a case involving the deaths of two young women The she investigates, the Nell becomes convinced that her father was involved in their deaths and that someone is covering up his tracks Beset by questions and uncertainty, Nell struggles to solve the murders amid doubts about the way the case is being handled by the local police.The story is told from Nell s first person perspective which works perfectly Alger s prose is crisp and succinct, and the pacing of the story is flawless Her carefully crafted characters almost leap off the page, and the tense, taut storyline will keep readers on the edge of their seats.I was a huge fan of The Banker s Wife and am thrilled that Alger has created another stellar and clever mystery and hope that Girls Like Us is the start of many books involving Nell Flynn I highly recommend Girls Like Us it is a true page turner flag 39 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jun 25, 2019 Linda Strong rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley 2019, edelweiss librarything, edelweiss read 2019, read in 2019 FBI Agent Nell Flynn has come home after an absence of 10 years Her father has died in a motorcycle accident and she s there to spread his ashes and take care of his estate He was a Homicide Detective and when his partner, Lee Davis, comes to pay his respects, he also wants something else from her.Nell s father was working a case of a murdered young woman when he died There s been another woman brutally murdered and Lee wants her to consult on the case.Even though she is on medical leave, she FBI Agent Nell Flynn has come home after an absence of 10 years Her father has died in a motorcycle accident and she s there to spread his ashes and take care of his estate He was a Homicide Detective and when his partner, Lee Davis, comes to pay his respects, he also wants something else from her.Nell s father was working a case of a murdered young woman when he died There s been another woman brutally murdered and Lee wants her to consult on the case.Even though she is on medical leave, she accepts without telling her supervisor After all better to ask forgiveness than ask permission in her case.Nell s investigation leads her to believe her father may have been involved with local law enforcement covering up for him Who does she turn to Who can she trust And how can she find the truth about her father A slow start leads to a real page turner of a mystery Well written with stand out characters, I found this one hard to put down.There are twists and turns and a very surprising ending.Many thanks to the author GP Putnam Sons Netgalley Edelweiss for the advance digital copy of this crime fiction Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own flag 38 likesLike see review Jun 28, 2019 Lisa Books Smiles rated it really liked it review of another edition Review to come flag 34 likesLike see review Jul 10, 2019 Louise Wilson rated it really liked it FBI Agent Nell Flynn has not seen her father for ten years when she gets the news that he has passed away in a motorbike accident Her mother had been brutally murdered when Nell was just seven years old She returns to Suffock County, Long Island to scatter his ashes and sell his house While she is there, she is asked by her fathers partner, Lee Davis for help investigating the murders of two Latina women The case is similar to another cold case her father had been working on It s not long b FBI Agent Nell Flynn has not seen her father for ten years when she gets the news that he has passed away in a motorbike accident Her mother had been brutally murdered when Nell was just seven years old She returns to Suffock County, Long Island to scatter his ashes and sell his house While she is there, she is asked by her fathers partner, Lee Davis for help investigating the murders of two Latina women The case is similar to another cold case her father had been working on It s not long before Nell suspects that her father knew a lot and could even have been involved than he should have.The pace is fast and the storyline gripping The story is told from Nell s point of view The book is well written with well rounded characters who were true to life, complies with some dark secrets The tension builds throughput I liked the authors style in writing It s full of twists and surprises My first book by the author but it won t be my last.I would like to thank NetGalley, Hodder Stoughton and the author Christina Alger for my ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 33 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jul 01, 2019 Darinda rated it really liked it Shelves edelweiss, mystery thriller FBI Agent Nell Flynn returns to her hometown after her father s death The two of them had a strained relationship, ever since her mother s murder years earlier Her father was a homicide detective, and Nell gets involved with a case he was working at the time of his death.An intriguing mystery featuring a trustworthy female protagonist Nell is smart, courageous, and independent She also has a vulnerable side under her tough exterior When she returns to her hometown, she starts to doubt thing FBI Agent Nell Flynn returns to her hometown after her father s death The two of them had a strained relationship, ever since her mother s murder years earlier Her father was a homicide detective, and Nell gets involved with a case he was working at the time of his death.An intriguing mystery featuring a trustworthy female protagonist Nell is smart, courageous, and independent She also has a vulnerable side under her tough exterior When she returns to her hometown, she starts to doubt things about her father To understand her father and what was happening in his life, she gets involved with a local case of two murdered girls The case is much complex than she anticipated.Interesting characters in a fast paced mystery Great for fans of crime fiction with a strong female lead Also, I enjoyed that this was a standalone novel It seems so many police procedurals fall into series Addictive, intense, and suspenseful I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. flag 32 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jul 07, 2019 Betsy rated it really liked it Shelves edelweiss Read the book instead of the blurb.If you haven t read the blurb yet, then don t I think it gives away far too much, and this mystery thriller would have been enjoyable if I didn t know quite so much going into it.Other than that, this was a great quick read Girls Like Us is different because the main character, Nell Flynn, is a totally badass female FBI agent, and the men get relegated to the bit parts.I hope Cristina Alger is starting a new series Thanks to Edelweiss and G.P Putnam s S Read the book instead of the blurb.If you haven t read the blurb yet, then don t I think it gives away far too much, and this mystery thriller would have been enjoyable if I didn t know quite so much going into it.Other than that, this was a great quick read Girls Like Us is different because the main character, Nell Flynn, is a totally badass female FBI agent, and the men get relegated to the bit parts.I hope Cristina Alger is starting a new series Thanks to Edelweiss and G.P Putnam s Sons for my DRC of this novel flag 29 likesLike see review View all 16 comments Jun 20, 2019 Stephanie Stephanies Novel Fiction rated it really liked it rounded up 4.5 StarsGirls Like Us is an addictive mystery in a thriller suspense genre that so often churns out the same old same old unreliable narrator and predictable twists The novel is told through the 1st person POV of FBI agent Nell Flynn, definitely as trustworthy and reliable a narrator as you can get, as she returns home to Long Island after the death of her dad, a local homicide detective While there, she is pulled in to the investigation of a girl found brutally murdered and her bo rounded up 4.5 StarsGirls Like Us is an addictive mystery in a thriller suspense genre that so often churns out the same old same old unreliable narrator and predictable twists The novel is told through the 1st person POV of FBI agent Nell Flynn, definitely as trustworthy and reliable a narrator as you can get, as she returns home to Long Island after the death of her dad, a local homicide detective While there, she is pulled in to the investigation of a girl found brutally murdered and her body buried The case is almost exactly like one Nell s dad was working one the summer before and as she begins digging into both cases, she is convinced her dad had something to do with the deaths of these young girls But what Not only that, but memories of her mom s brutal murder begin to surface and she can t help but wonder what really happened and who killed her The Nell uncovers about the cases, she discovers mishandling of the investigations and police corruption at almost every turn.Alger s writing is fresh, taut, and captivating and her characters are truly complex, some with deep, dark secrets The tension in the book reaches a palpable level as the story unfolds Nell is a character I hope to read of and really hope this is the start of a series I ll be one of the 1st in line for if it is flag 31 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jul 06, 2019 Kristy rated it really liked it Shelves ebook, thriller, edelweiss, arc, fiction, gp putnam, read in 2019 Nell Flynn has reluctantly returned home to Long Island after the death of her father, Martin Flynn, a homicide detective Nell hasn t seen her father in years, but must settle his estate after his motorcycle skidded off Montauk Highway in the early morning She assumes her dad was drunk, per usual, when the incident occurred Nell s mom was murdered when she was a child, and there s nothing about being home that makes her happy But when Lee, a young homicide detective and her dad s latest part Nell Flynn has reluctantly returned home to Long Island after the death of her father, Martin Flynn, a homicide detective Nell hasn t seen her father in years, but must settle his estate after his motorcycle skidded off Montauk Highway in the early morning She assumes her dad was drunk, per usual, when the incident occurred Nell s mom was murdered when she was a child, and there s nothing about being home that makes her happy But when Lee, a young homicide detective and her dad s latest partner, asks her to informally help with a case, Nell s curiosity is piqued She is, after all, on paid medical leave from the Behavioral Analysis Unit at the FBI Lee and team have found the body of a girl, murdered, near the dunes It s similar to a case her father worked a year ago Nell gets caught up in the investigation and the she digs, the she can t help but wonder if her father was involved in the killings Dad had his own code I learned early not to second guess it At least, not out loud This was a great thriller it features an interesting plot, a strong, complicated female heroine, and it s so easy to get caught up in it from the start I had a great time unraveling the puzzle of the two murders, figuring things out alongside Nell She s a really engaging character smart, funny yet not without her own problems The bureau thinks my head should be on straight, too It isn t yet Maybe it never was to begin with I really enjoyed the way this story is told via Nell, but since she s not formally FBI or police, we get the pieces of the puzzle and story along with her It s a twisted web that she uncovers a dark, gritty story that feels timely and real It s a fast read that kept me flipping the pages, desperately wanting to know what was happening next It s clear that Alger knows her stuff police FBI procedures, investigative techniques, and There are no tricks or unreliable narrators just a strong, well told story And there s certainly series potential with Nell I would love to see her again 4 stars I received a copy of this novel from the publisher and Edelweiss in return for a honest review thank you Blog Twitter Facebook Instagram PaperBackSwap Smashbomb flag 24 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Jun 30, 2019 ABookwormWithWine rated it really liked it Shelves female authors, from the publisher, physical arc, get red pr, whodunnit, atmospheric, slow burn, cover love, crime, ebooks 5Girls Like Us is my first time reading a book by Cristina Alger and I enjoyed it so so much.What it s about Nell Flynn is on leave from the BAU after shooting and killing a man, and suffering a gunshot wound While on leave, her homicide detective father whom she hasn t seen in 10 years dies in a motorcycle accident and she is forced to go back to her home in Suffolk County to settle his estate She hasn t been back since she left for college, and it brings back many nasty memories inc 5Girls Like Us is my first time reading a book by Cristina Alger and I enjoyed it so so much.What it s about Nell Flynn is on leave from the BAU after shooting and killing a man, and suffering a gunshot wound While on leave, her homicide detective father whom she hasn t seen in 10 years dies in a motorcycle accident and she is forced to go back to her home in Suffolk County to settle his estate She hasn t been back since she left for college, and it brings back many nasty memories including her mother s gruesome murder when Nell was only seven But she ends up getting than she bargained for when her dad s old partner asks her to consult on the murders of two young women As she digs into the investigation, she starts getting a bad feeling about her dad and the other cops of Suffolk County Who killed Ria Ruiz and Adriana Marques, and why did they do it And was the person who got sent to prison for killing Nell s mom actually her killer I saw a few reviewers that mentioned they thought Girls Like Us was fast paced but I feel inclined to disagree For me, this book was of a slow burn at least in the first half and there was a lot of detail in the beginning that was meant to bring the setting to life Which Alger did by the way, because I felt like I was right there with Nell Because of the detail, I ended up reading this book slower in the beginning, but by the end I felt like I was speeding through it because of how much was happening Overall, I ended up reading this insanely fast and finished in just 3 hours and 21 minutes This is literally the fastest I think I ve ever read a book, and I was completely drawn in by the plot and by Nell I loved Nell as a character and was so intrigued by the grittiness of Girls Like Us The overall feel to the book for me was oppressive, like we were under a dark cloud due to all the bad things happening For me, this was a good thing and the book really came to life for me as I read it I also loved that Nell was a profiler because, Criminal Minds Song s the book brought to mind Yesterday by David Guetta feat Bebe RexhaFinal Thought I haven t read any of Alger s other books yet so I can t do any comparisons, but I loved the style of writing she used for Girls Like Us I didn t see any of the twists coming either, and it felt like I was watching a TV show as I read it I can t wait to read of her books ASAP Thank you to Get Red PR and the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of this book All opinions are my own flag 22 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jul 16, 2019 Stephanie Nicholas rated it liked it Intriguing, fast paced, and exhilarating Nell Flynn is an FBI agent in DC After being away from Suffolk County in the Hamptons, she is called home after ten years to bury her father, Martin, who is killed in a motorcycle accident While she s home, she becomes involved in two murder investigations, and the story moves on from there This book had a lot of flat characters, too many to keep straight without a little explanation It was well told though, with plenty of twists and turns I wou Intriguing, fast paced, and exhilarating Nell Flynn is an FBI agent in DC After being away from Suffolk County in the Hamptons, she is called home after ten years to bury her father, Martin, who is killed in a motorcycle accident While she s home, she becomes involved in two murder investigations, and the story moves on from there This book had a lot of flat characters, too many to keep straight without a little explanation It was well told though, with plenty of twists and turns I would recommend it to anyone looking for a fun thrilling read 3 stars flag 23 likesLike see review Jun 17, 2019 Dennis rated it it was ok Shelves 2019 read, mystery, 2019 pub, crime fiction, contemporary, coverporn, beach read, detective This will be very quick, because I don t like to knock a book down too badly After reading The Banker s Wife last year by Cristina Alger, I was so excited to pick up her upcoming mystery novel, Girls Like Us Sadly, this book failed to deliver the same level of action packed thrills that her predecessor provided It takes place on Long Island, New York but the author talks about good and bad neighborhoods in a very entitled, privileged way I actually rolled my eyes when the author label This will be very quick, because I don t like to knock a book down too badly After reading The Banker s Wife last year by Cristina Alger, I was so excited to pick up her upcoming mystery novel, Girls Like Us Sadly, this book failed to deliver the same level of action packed thrills that her predecessor provided It takes place on Long Island, New York but the author talks about good and bad neighborhoods in a very entitled, privileged way I actually rolled my eyes when the author labeled Brightwaters, New York, a dangerous neighborhood Take a look on Zillow and check out the million dollar homes in that neighborhood and then get back to me Lastly, Girls Like Us is just a watered down FBI procedural novel that has been read before you aren t missing much with this story If you re a diehard FBI procedural junkie, this book would definitely be a better fit for you than it was for me flag 23 likesLike see review View 2 comments Aug 03, 2019 Heidi rated it liked it Shelves read in 2019, want to read from this author, arc netgalley I always appreciate a good solid police procedural and was happy to find that GIRLS LIKE US delivered just that Nell Flynn, an FBI agent, is forced to return home to a small seaside town after the sudden death of her father in a motorbike accident But what should have been a short, straight forward visit turns into something much complicated when Nell is drawn into the investigation into the death of a young local woman, whose body was found in a wealthy suburb not far from where Nell is I always appreciate a good solid police procedural and was happy to find that GIRLS LIKE US delivered just that Nell Flynn, an FBI agent, is forced to return home to a small seaside town after the sudden death of her father in a motorbike accident But what should have been a short, straight forward visit turns into something much complicated when Nell is drawn into the investigation into the death of a young local woman, whose body was found in a wealthy suburb not far from where Nell is staying Soon her suspicions are aroused that the death could be related to one of her father s old murder cases The Nell digs, the afraid she becomes that her father may have been involved in something much bigger and terrible than she ever suspected.As far as main characters go, Nell Flynn was the perfect protagonist an intelligent, brave and yet also emotionally vulnerable female who is not afraid to dig into the past to find out the truth, even if it puts everything she has ever believed into jeopardy The difficult relationship between Nell and her late father added complexity and emotional depth to an otherwise straight forward police procedural, but with a suspicion that hits so close to home Nell was never going to escape unscathed from this investigation.Readers who love some nail biting action and a constant sense of menace and danger in their crime novels will be pleased with the tension Alger has created in her latest novel, even though I found it was a bit slow to get there But once Nell was up to her neck in danger and conspiracy, the story soon swept me along in its wake until its fast paced finale.It is always difficult to review a book that relies largely on its surprise elements to thrill and entertain, so I will keep this short and sweet If you like a police procedural featuring a strong, independent, smart woman protagonist, then this one should be a good fit I could easily see Nell coming back in future novels, though it was her personal emotional connection to the crimes that made this story stand out from hundreds of others in the genre I have Alger s first novel THE BANKER S WIFE on my wishlist and look forward to reading from this author in future.3.5 stars Thank you to Edelweiss and G.P Putnam s Sons for the free electronic copy of this novel and for giving me the opportunity to provide an honest review. blog facebook instagram flag 20 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jul 12, 2019 NZLisaM rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves mystery, crime, netgalley, 2019, suspense Exhilarating, Atmospheric, and Apprehensive with Danger at Every Turn When homicide detective Martin Flynn is killed in a motorcycle accident, his daughter Nell an FBI agent reluctantly returns to Suffolk County It s a place full of bad memories for Nell her mother was murdered when she was a child, and since then her relationship with her father has been strained, and they ve rarely spoken in the past ten years While there, Nell is asked to assist with an investigation a case her father Exhilarating, Atmospheric, and Apprehensive with Danger at Every Turn When homicide detective Martin Flynn is killed in a motorcycle accident, his daughter Nell an FBI agent reluctantly returns to Suffolk County It s a place full of bad memories for Nell her mother was murdered when she was a child, and since then her relationship with her father has been strained, and they ve rarely spoken in the past ten years While there, Nell is asked to assist with an investigation a case her father was working on involving the murder of two young women As Nell delves into the evidence she begins to suspect her father And not only that, it makes her wonder whether he had something to do with her mother s death as well Gripping, tense, emotional and satisfying with an intense pace culminating in an adrenaline rush conclusion Nell was a character who was easy to admire she was intelligent, brave, generous, caring, had a highly developed sense of right and wrong, and would stop at nothing to get to the truth Her recollection of memories effectively conveyed the close, protective bond she had with her mother, and the disintegration of the relationship with her father.The amount of detail the author included to describe the landscape meant I was able to accurately visualise Nell s surroundings In the process I also leant a lot about the geography of Long Island didn t realise the Hamptons was surrounded by some less than desirable areas Girls Like Us was a fast read that had me frantically swiping the pages to see where it was leading Christina Alger is a talented writer, and I look forward to reading The Banker s Wife. I d like to thank Netgalley, Hodder Stoughton Mulholland Books, and Christina Alger for the e ARC Release Date 11th July, 2019. flag 19 likesLike see review View all 14 comments May 02, 2019 Amanda rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley, review copy, kindle, own You can also read my review here book caught my attention through a Shelf Awareness ad and I am so glad that I wound up getting a copy from Netgalley Girls Like Us was exactly what I needed after reading a slow paced fantasy novel It didn t jump into the action right away, but after the first four chapters I was hooked I found myself regretting starting it after 10 p.m though, because it kept me up until about 4 a.m until I fell asleep with my f You can also read my review here book caught my attention through a Shelf Awareness ad and I am so glad that I wound up getting a copy from Netgalley Girls Like Us was exactly what I needed after reading a slow paced fantasy novel It didn t jump into the action right away, but after the first four chapters I was hooked I found myself regretting starting it after 10 p.m though, because it kept me up until about 4 a.m until I fell asleep with my face on the Kindle Girls Like Us is quite the page turner and I am really excited for this book to hit the world.The book had a plot that kept me turning the pages, but it also really had great character development I think the way that Nell could relate to the victims really gave this book a powerful impact on me as a reader Even though I am nothing like Nell of the victims I found myself relating to them, which is truly a testament to Cristina Alger s writing The slow start to the book was good for character development, but that wasn t this book s primary focus Nell was a good character, but this book focused mostly on the mystery and the plot, which I think was appropriate.The story line was absolutely gripping Nell tries to solve the case of two missing Latina working girls, the kind of girl that no one really winds up looking for I found the narrative sad, but all too realistic While the novel touched on topics like police misconduct and profiling, it also dove into the subject of human trafficking These touchy topics are written about with truth and respect, but also in a way that is suspenseful and riveting The mystery was a bit predictable, but the topics focused on and the way it was written made up for that.Girls Like Us is a mystery that kept me turning the pages until the early hours of the morning The characters were developed much better than I would expect for a mystery and the writing was fresh and brought life to the story I felt like some difficult topics were written about in a way that felt authentic, but also with tact This was my first read by Cristina Alger, but I don t think that it will be my last flag 18 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jul 09, 2019 Amy rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley, physical arcs We re about to head off to Legoland but I wanted to jump on really fast and tell you guys how much I enjoyed Alger s latest This was a fast paced and exciting read and I loved that it was told via one POV, it made for a really nice change Nell was exactly the kind of strong and determined lead character that I live for and the setting was seriously detailed and truly brought to life Throw in a current mystery as well as some questions about Nell s mothers death from years ago and this had all We re about to head off to Legoland but I wanted to jump on really fast and tell you guys how much I enjoyed Alger s latest This was a fast paced and exciting read and I loved that it was told via one POV, it made for a really nice change Nell was exactly the kind of strong and determined lead character that I live for and the setting was seriously detailed and truly brought to life Throw in a current mystery as well as some questions about Nell s mothers death from years ago and this had all the ingredients for the perfect, binge worthy summer thriller Recommended as a vacation read, I read this over mine and it was exactly what I was in the mood for flag 16 likesLike see review Jun 17, 2019 Jamie rated it it was amazing Shelves arcs Cristina Alger has now written four novels, all of which I have read and enjoyed And like a fine wine, Alger gets better with age Girls Like Us is a standout novel in the age of unreliable female narrators, for having a protagonist who is a trustworthy FBI agent Nell Flynn is a sharp, strong character who I enjoyed journeying with Girls Like Us has the added benefit of being set on Long Island, where I grew up and still live, adding an extra sense of recognition and reality to the story Fly Cristina Alger has now written four novels, all of which I have read and enjoyed And like a fine wine, Alger gets better with age Girls Like Us is a standout novel in the age of unreliable female narrators, for having a protagonist who is a trustworthy FBI agent Nell Flynn is a sharp, strong character who I enjoyed journeying with Girls Like Us has the added benefit of being set on Long Island, where I grew up and still live, adding an extra sense of recognition and reality to the story Flynn returns to Long Island after the passing of her father, a local detective on the Suffolk County Police Force Curious about her father s death along with some local crimes, Flynn begins to uncover a whole lot of truth, not all of it pleasant but what is pleasant, is Alger s storytelling Thank you to Putnam Books for an advanced copy All opinions are my own flag 17 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Librari Combine Editions Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger 2 9 Jul 29, 2019 12 47AM Librari Please correct page count 2 17 Jul 07, 2019 03 58PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Genres Mystery 95 users Thriller 59 users Fiction 48 users Thriller Mystery Thriller 47 users See top shelves About Cristina Alger Cristina 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    1. 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 [...]


    2. 4.5 stars Loved the characters Loved the atmosphere Loved the storyline Twelve years after moving away, FBI agent Nell Flynn, returns to her small seaside hometown to handle closing her father s estate Nell s mother was murdered when Nell was a child and since then, she and her father, a police detective, had a rocky relationship When Nell was old enough to be on her own, she left her hometown and never looked back Now that she is back in her childhood town following her father s death, ol 4.5 s [...]


    3. 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 Cristin [...]


    4. 4.5 5 A string of grisly murders on Long Island, a serial killer and a BAU profiler with doubts that her father might be the killer I was ALL IN for this book I mean, it sounds like it could be an episode of my fave show Criminal Minds How could I not read it This book totally lived up to my expectations If you enjoy mystery thrillers pick this one up it will not disappoint The book was twisty, tension filled and mysterious, the writing was excellent and the main character was a s 4.5 5 [...]


    5. 4.5 stars.What a pleasure it is to read a thriller that doesn t have an unreliable narrator, one which keeps you guessing about every single plot point because you don t know what is true and what is a figment of their imagination FBI agent Nell Flynn returns to her childhood home in Long Island s Suffolk County for the first time in 10 years when her father, Martin, a homicide detective, is killed in a motorcycle accident.Nell and her father were never close, particularly after her mother was b [...]


    6. 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 Ne [...]


    7. An easy breezy, entertaining and quick read GIRLS LIKE US by CHRISTINA ALGER was an interesting premise with a fabulous and strong female character that mildly held my interest throughout I was immediately intrigued and thoroughly enjoyed the mystery but felt like I was never fully engaged though I was a little disappointed with the way a few things played out in the end which lowered my rating to 3 stars.I enjoyed it just didn t love it as much as I would have liked It was a much loved book An [...]


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