Girls Like Us

Thank you to Penguin Random House/G.P. Putnam’s Sons for gifting me an advanced copy of Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger.

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, Latina 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.

Last summer when I read the Banker’s Wife, I immediately fell in love with author Cristina Alger’s writing style and couldn’t wait to read her next book. I was thrilled when G.P. Putnam’s Sons sent me an advanced copy of her newest book Girls Like Us to read and review!

I think the most thrilling aspect of this novel is that it reads like a real true crime detective story. Alger’s understanding and knowledge into how a homicide investigation is run was spot on and immediately drew me into the story. Girls Like Us really takes off in the first chapter and holds your attention throughout the story. It was a thoroughly entertaining book to read.

While there are parts to this story that I wasn’t too keen on as I felt like more information could have been provided to the readers, I did really enjoy this book. It is the perfect psychological suspense to add to your summer reading list. Because of the nature of the storyline, Girls Like Us was a quick read and it kept my attention because I wanted to know what really happened to Ria Ruiz and Adriana Marques. Could Nell’s father to blame for their murders? Or, is there something more sinister happening in the town of Suffolk County? I loved Nell Flynn’s character; she is the classic, bold female protagonist that I have wanted to read about for a while.

Alger also does a tremendous job of bringing to light the issues surrounding immigrants in the United States and what their treatment is really like. While reading Girls Like Us, I was honestly disheartened at the lack of support the immigrants of Suffolk County receive and just how pitiful others opinions can be. Unfortunately, this is the way our world is, right now. I can only hope that by drawing to the matter that more can be done to prevent this from happening to our fellow human beings.

Girls Like Us is a fast-paced psychological suspense that will keep you guessing until the end and, even then, leave you questioning what really went on in Suffolk County. This novel is set to publish on July 2, 2019, but is available for pre-order now!

Thank you, again, to G.P. Putnam’s Sons for the advanced copy of Girls Like Us. Also, thank you to Cristina Alger for once again writing a suspenseful page-turner; I am looking forward to your next book!

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