(Review) Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger

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Publisher and Publication Date: G.P Putnam’s Sons. July 2, 2019.
Genre: Fiction. Detective. Mystery.
Pages: 276.
Source: Library.
Rating: Very good.
Audience: Readers who love a female crime solver.

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Summary:
Nell Flynn is a FBI agent with no real home address. Her dad (that she’s estranged from) had been a homicide detective in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York for many years. Her mother was murdered when Flynn was young. Her dad died in a recent motorcycle accident. Flynn returns home for the funeral. She believes the accident that killed her dad is suspicious. In Suffolk County, two women are murdered with ties to the same escort service. Flynn is asked to help investigate the case of the murders.

My Thoughts:
The first thing I love about this book is the layers of themes running in the book.
•Unanswered questions about Flynn’s mother’s death.
•The estrangement between Flynn and her dad.
•Another mystery woman. What relationship did this woman have with Flynn’s dad?
•Flynn’s PTSD.
•Is the Suffolk County Police Department good guys or bad guys?
•A mystery about her dad’s death.
•The mystery about who killed the women.

Girls Like Us has a solid pace or rhythm. It’s a story where it doesn’t get to ahead of itself, even during moments that are intense. It moves steadily along helping the reader stay tuned.

It’s a realistic story. I’ve read some detective stories that are too over the top with action and it comes across as not believable. Girls Like Us is believable; and, because it’s believable, the story has a dark and frightening atmosphere.

A solid tie-up or closure for the ending left me satisfied.

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