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 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 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.
Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger is dark journey. One that leaves haunting questions hanging on every page. I was intrigued to know if the father killed so many women or not. Or whether someone else did and why? The psychological suspense built up with each scene as the daughter finds the answers she needs. Nell, lost her mother and then her father. So many questions with no answers…left me on the edge. Truth, courage, and love are just some of the themes explored in this novel. The writer, Cristina Alger also weaves forgiveness in her novel. Murderers are evil, and forgiving them just didn’t feel realistic. It was a great idea, but I can’t forgive someone who took innocent lives away. The main character, Nell, she was there active in the whole book; however, I just couldn’t really get close to her. She felt distant. The plot felt more like I was reading it from the protagonist’s thoughts then experiencing it from the characters’ experiences. I was not excited about reading this after I dug into it. The further I got the more I wasn’t captivated by it. The mystery and intrigue is there. The development of the characters and plot just felt flat.