Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger
Penguin Random House: 7/2/19
eBook review copy; 288 pages
Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger is a highly recommended procedural and psychological thriller.
FBI Agent Nell Flynn returns home to Long Island to bury her father,
Homicide Detective Martin Flynn, and settle his estate. After a second
body is discovered, Nell, who is still recovery from a gunshot wound,
ends up helping her father's new partner, Lee Davis, with the investigation into the murder of two young women.
As she looks into the investigation it appears that her father may have
been involved in corruption and a prostitution ring and his long-time
friends on the force may also be involved.
As the investigation continues, Nell uncovers secrets and
lies, exposure of which could threaten her life. The more she unearths,
the more the tension and suspense build. As the narrative builds
momentum, the plot intensifies to a break-neck velocity, with some
surprising twists along the way. Nell is a great character, smart and
tenacious, as she takes on the investigation and her own personal quest
for the truth, despite the consequences of what she exposes. Nell is questioning both her past and the present as she looks for the answers to her questions.
The quality of the writing is outstanding, both in the plot and
character development. The plot is intricate, gritty, fast-paced and
action-packed. The pacing of the narrative is pitch-perfect, which helps
keep the tension and suspense steadily rising with each chapter. (It is
also appealing to have a reliable female narrator.) There are a number
of well-placed twists and discoveries as the investigation proceeds.
Book clubs may enjoy the discussion based on social classes that will
ensue from the privileged home owners versus the undocumented women and
sex trafficking. This is a winning summer read with a surprising ending.
My review copy was courtesy of Penguin Random House.