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Girls Like Us

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,022 ratings  ·  273 reviews
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 twelve years. Nell and her father, Homicide Detective Martin Flynn, have never had much of
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published July 2nd 2019 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Christine The Banker's Wife was a 5 star read for me. I LOVED it. This was okay-it was much slower paced and not as 'edge on your seat.'
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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 a s
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 tha ...more
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 & tha
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
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, edelweiss
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
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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.”
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
A dramatic and tension-filled crime thriller with a delightfully strong and courageous female protagonist.

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
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Lindsay - Traveling Sister
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
Lisa-Books Smiles
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review to come.
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 where
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
This will be very quick, because I don't like to knock a book down too badly. After reading The Banker's Wife last year by Cristina Alger, I was so excited to pick up her upcoming mystery novel, Girls Like Us . Sadly, this book failed to deliver the same level of action-packed thrills that her predecessor provided. It takes place on Long Island, New York; but the author talks about "good" and "bad" neighborhoods in a very entitled, privileged way. I actually rolled my eyes when the author label ...more
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book caught my attention through a Shelf Awareness ad and I am so glad that I wound up getting a copy from Netgalley. Girls Like Us was exactly what I needed after reading a slow paced fantasy novel. It didn’t jump into the action right away, but after the first four chapters I was hooked. I found myself regretting starting it after 10 p.m. though, because it kept me up until about 4 a.m. until I fell asleep with my f
⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 / 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 inc
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story has so many mysteries to it! It started off a little slow for me and then by 75% of the book you fly through to the end because you need to know who did it! There were a lot of mysteries you had to solve. Who killed Nell’s Mom? What happened to Nell’s Dad? Is the police force Nell’s Dad works for corrupt? Are the two murdered girls related? While I was always curious to find the answers to these questions I felt like there wasn’t always an answer. We are left never really knowing what ...more
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky to read an early copy of Girls Like Us. The plot in this book is simply brilliant. I cannot say enough good things. I was on edge of seat, worried about characters and had to finish in one-read. As much as I liked Alger's prior books, I have to say that Girls Like Us takes her writing to a new level. Rush to pre-order this one!
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Cristina Alger has now written four novels, all of which I have read and enjoyed. And like a fine wine, Alger gets better with age! Girls Like Us is a standout novel in the age of unreliable female narrators, for having a protagonist who is a trustworthy FBI agent. Nell Flynn is a sharp, strong character who I enjoyed journeying with. Girls Like Us has the added benefit of being set on Long Island, where I grew up and still live, adding an extra sense of recognition and reality to the story. Fly ...more
Stephanie (Stephanie's Novel Fiction)
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
Ruthy lavin
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great crime fiction novel!
This book has all the components you want in a good story - an exciting beginning, a gripping middle, an unpredictable ending.
Mix with a likeable main character, a current original story, and well researched content and this book is an easy 4+ star read.
Recommended to crime fiction fans everywhere.
Donna Hines
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Interesting! Unique! Strong Female Protagonist! Excellent Plot Driven Suspense!
FBI agent Nell has never truly seen eye to eye with her father Homicide Detective Martin Flynn.
Her mother Marisol was brutally murdered when she was a child and she's never truly been herself since this tragedy.
After she loses her father, she gets an unusual request from his partner, one that will alter the remaining course of events.
As she investigates the murder of two young women she realizes Suffolk County has qui
Cassie-Traveling Sister-
I finished this book in a day .. yes you read that correctly in a day! I absolutely loved The Bankers Wife so when I got an advance copy of Girls Like Us I felt like I was the luckiest bookstagrammer! FBI agent Nell Flynn had a falling out with her father homicide detective Martin Flynn, but when he suddenly dies in a motorcycle accident she’s back in her childhood home and going through all his personal belongings . Her mother was brutally murdered when she was a child and it’s something that h ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
FBI Agent Nell Flynn has returned home for the first time in many years. The reason is a very somber one: her father Homicide Detective Martin Flynn has died in a motorcycle accident. Now she's there to spread his ashes and see what to do with what her father left behind. What she didn't expect was to be roped into a murder investigation that seems to point to her father being the culprit. Now, she must either clear her father's name or accept that he was a cold-blooded serial killer who may eve ...more
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
FBI Agent Nell Flynn has just received news that her father, Homicide Detective Martin Flynn, has died. Nell makes her way back to the hometown that she has avoided for ten years. A town that is filled with memories of her mother’s brutal murder and a childhood she would rather leave behind. Despite her rocky relationship with her father, Nell must face his death. She must return to her childhood home to settle her father’s estate and spread his ashes.

While in town Nell begins learning details a
Lori Enterline
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Girls Like Us is a gripping, gritty and raw thriller set in Suffolk County, New York, where the disparity between rich and poor is sharply drawn. The characters are complex and interesting, and the main character, Nell Flynn, is so compelling that this could be the start of a series. Riveting and engaging from start to finish, this book will appeal to fans of the thriller genre, as well as anyone who likes police procedurals or strong, yet flawed, female protagonists, which is sort of my jam. I
Katie Taylor
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars from me!!

To be completely honest and transparent, I know this author, I was a fan of hers before I met her after reading The Bankers Wife, so with all of that said, let’s jump in!

Girls Like Us is set on Long Island, NY, a place near and dear to my heart so my connection to the book was instantaneous - isn’t it amazing how that can happen when you’re so familiar with a books setting?

The book starts when FBI agent Nell Flynn has to return home, a place she hasn’t been in ten years, t
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*Genre* Mystery, Suspense
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Cristina Alger's Girls Like Us is the story of 28-year old Nell Flynn, an FBI Agent who is on leave from the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit for the funeral of her father, Suffolk County Homicide Detective Martin Flynn, who died in what is believed to be a motorcycle accident. It's hard for Nell to return home to the place where her mother was brutally murdered. It's even harder not knowing if she will have a job once her shoulder hea
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
Girls Like Us ticked off all my book-loving boxes! Long Island setting, murder, mystery, and the main character, FBI Agent Nell Flynn, is carrying around enough baggage to fill a mega-mansion in the Hamptons. Nell has recently returned to her hometown to settle her deceased father's estate. She is quickly drawn into a homicide investigation and Nell comes to believe that her father was involved. There may be a cover-up in the police department, and it is up to Nell to find justice for the victim ...more
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