#Review: Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger @cristinaalger @mulhollandbooks #GirlsLikeUs #CrimeFiction #Thriller
Release date - 11th July 2019
Book length - 290 pages
Publisher - Mulholland Books
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ABOUT THIS BOOK
FBI Agent Nell Flynn hasn't been home in ten years. Nell and her father, Homicide Detective Martin Flynn, have never had much of a relationship. And Suffolk County will always be awash in memories of her mother, Marisol, who was brutally murdered when Nell was just seven.
When Martin Flynn dies in a motorcycle accident, Nell returns to the house she grew up in so that she can spread her father's ashes and close his estate. At the behest of her father's partner, Detective Lee Davis, Nell becomes involved in an investigation into the murders of two young women in Suffolk County. The further Nell digs, the more likely it seems to her that her father should be the prime suspect--and that his friends on the police force are covering his tracks. Plagued by doubts about her mother's murder--and her own role in exonerating her father in that case--Nell can't help but ask questions about who killed Ria Ruiz and Adriana Marques and why. But she may not like the answers she finds--not just about those she loves, but about herself
I loved Cristina Alger's first book, The Banker's Wife (see my review here booksofallkinds.weebly.com), so when GIRLS LIKE US popped through my letterbox, I couldn't wait to dive in and I was not disappointed.
Nell Flynn is used to moving around and depending on only herself working as an FBI agent. Ever since she left home ten years ago she hasn't looked back and has just had the odd phone call here or there with her father, who had raised her alone after her mother was murdered. But now she is back in Suffolk County to spread her dad's ashes after he died in an accident, with the support of her dad's best friends and fellow detectives, and she isn't quite sure how she feels about it all. With trouble still brewing from her last case and an injury that needs to heal properly, Nell needs to rest and relax, both of which she struggles to do back here on the island. And when a mutilated body of a young woman is found nearby, echoing the murder case from the year before which Nell's dad had been working on when he died, she cannot help but be pulled into the investigation. But as Nell digs deeper, there are many things which just don't seem to add up, and corruption, prostitution, abuse, and more starts to slowly seep to the surface. But just who exactly can she trust? And was her father somehow involved? In a community that is split between wealth and privilege, and extreme poverty, can Nell take down those who you are using and abusing these girls before it is too late? Before more people get silenced?
With her signature style and flair, Cristina Alger creates a murky world where, just like Nell, we have no idea who we can trust. A world where girls from one side of the tracks are bartered and abused, while the other side lives a blissful, blessed existence. A world where no one cares once the victim isn't one of their own. And then we get to know Nell, a determined, strong-willed FBI agent who will do whatever it takes, no matter how devastating the truth may be to her personally, to blow this case apart and expose the truth - every single dirty secret that is simmering beneath the surface. I loved the fact that this story was solely told from Nell's point of view as I felt like I really got to know her as the story progressed. The setting is superbly detailed and there is a constant creepy atmosphere that lingered on each page which added to the overall tension of the plot.
GIRLS LIKE US by Cristina Alger is another excellent novel from this author who always manages to surprise me at the end, and I cannot wait for more!
Cristina Alger is a lifelong New Yorker. A graduate of Harvard College and NYU Law School, she worked as a financial analyst and a corporate attorney before becoming a writer. She lives in New York with her husband and children. 'The Banker's Wife' is her first thriller.
For more information:
Website - cristinaalger.com
Twitter - twitter.com/cristinaalger
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