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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
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Hardcover, 276 pages
Published July 2nd 2019 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: maybe
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
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Julie
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger is a G.P. Putnam's Sons publication.

Another winner for Christina Alger!!

FBI agent, Nell Flynn is having a hard go of it, lately. Her career is teetering on the edge because she is avoiding the necessary therapy required to return to work after killing a man and taking a bullet in the line of duty. Then her father, from whom she is estranged, dies in a motorcycle accident, forcing her to return home to plan his funeral and get his estate in order.

But, when an o
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Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
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
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Berit☀️✨
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 t ...more
BernLuvsBooks
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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Larry H
Jul 28, 2019 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
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marilyn
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 ...more
Norma
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
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
An exciting, entertaining, and twisty read. I was hooked from page one and almost read it one sitting. It was that good.

I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
Sandy
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 amplifie
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Chris
Feb 23, 2019 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.”
JanB
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it

If you like smart, strong female leads then you will find much to like in this book. FBI agent Nell is on medical leave from her job and travels to her hometown for her estranged father’s funeral. As she reconnects with her father’s coworkers in the police department, Nell gets pulled into the investigation of the murders of two undocumented sex workers. What follows is a complicated tale that uncovers a dark underbelly in her hometown that may involve her father. An underbelly that anyone who f
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Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
After reading so many reviews on my Goodreads feed for Girls Like Us I decided to use it for another prompt for the Goodreads 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
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Jasmine from How Useful It Is
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 ...more
Julie (JuJu)
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 wher
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Lisa
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
A dramatic and tension-filled crime thriller with a delightfully strong and courageous female protagonist.

SUMMARY
FBI 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
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Victoria
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A brainy, complex and addictive murder mystery.

I was really taken with Algers’ debut, The Banker’s Wife, an international finance thriller on par with early Grisham, and now she’s back with a very different kind of story, yet with the same plot-driven action and appeal.

Our intrepid heroine, an FBI agent on medical leave, uncovers police corruption and a prostitute ring all while coming to terms with her deceased father’s legacy. Set on Long Island and shining a light on the divide between the ye
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Toni
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, 2019
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 ...more
Cindy Burnett
May 04, 2019 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 more ...more
Linda Strong

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
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Betsy
Jul 07, 2019 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 more 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
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Darinda
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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Lisa-Books Smiles
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come.
DeAnn
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
5 can't believe I waited so long to read this stars!

I thought this book was terrific by Cristina Alger. I will definitely read her earlier book and future books that she writes. This is a new author for my list!

I loved the strong female character Nell Flynn – she’s an FBI agent on leave after a work-related shooting. She returns home physically and mentally battered after the death of her estranged police officer father. She quickly (and unofficially) gets drawn into cases of murdered young wome
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Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to Putnam for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

Fair warning, this is going to be a short review.

Girls Like Us was a very cookie-cutter thriller that follows Nell, an FBI agent who has just returned home after her father's death. During her return, a mysterious case arises and all the evidence seems to be pointing to her father.

I have mixed feelings for this book. Overall, I did enjoy it but I kept waffling. If not for the fast-paced, twisty ending, I would probably h
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Louise Wilson
Jul 10, 2019 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 ...more
ABookwormWithWine
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 / 5

Girls 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
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Stephanie
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
rounded up 4.5 Stars

Girls 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
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Jennifer Blankfein
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read in one sitting - on the day Jeffrey Epstein was found dead. Art freakishly imitates life in Girls Like Us - Cristina Alger is a talented storyteller.
From the bestselling author of The Banker’s Wife, Cristina Alger’s latest crime thriller, Girls Like Us, takes us to Long Island where a possible serial killer is at large, leaving latina sex workers dead in his wake. Nell, an FBI agent, returns to Suffolk County, the place where her mother was murdered .... see full review on https://booknatio
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Kristy
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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