GIRLS LIKE US is a bit of a departure for Alger. I’ve been following her for years ever since her debut novel THE DARLINGS which I loved. Last year she came along with THE BANKER’S WIFE and added yet another genre to her retinue: thriller/suspense. With GIRLS LIKE US Alger is now cemented in the suspense genre in a very good way.
Is a serial killer loose on Long Island? When a second body is found shot and dismembered and wrapped in burlap, suspicion becomes reality. Both are young women known to have been involved in the escort service.
Nell Flynn is an FBI agent who is back on Long Island to put her father’s ashes out to sea. Her dad, a homicide detective, recently met with his death on a rainy night while riding his motorcycle home from the bar. Was it an accident? Nell is determined to find out.
Nell is on leave from her work after being wounded while being involved in the death of a Russian mobster. Yes, pretty heavy stuff. While on leave she meets Lee Davis, an old friend who has recently become a detective and is working a case in the area. When he asks for her help, well, she can’t resist.
Nell has led a tough life. She and her dad had become estranged over the last several years. Her mother was murdered years ago when Nell was young. And something is wrong here in her hometown. She suspects her dad might be horribly involved.
This new thriller is written with compelling strength and acute prose that will keep you guessing until the very end.
Alger is very good at setting the tone. She is also very good at moving the story in a heart-pounding direction.
This story is loosely based on serial murders on Long Island some years ago. Alger has done her research. And the case in point is that stuff like this is actually in the news TODAY. Blows me away. Throw in some police corruption. Boom. You’ve got an unputdownable story.
A blurb on the front of the book from Harlan Coben saying “The best of psychological suspense…Full of surprises you truly don’t see coming.” Other blurbs on the back of this book are by Lisa Scottoline and Chris Bohjalian and more.
My finished copy of GIRLS LIKE US by Cristine Alger arrived via the great publishing house of Putnam a division of Penguin Random House, all in exchange for an honest review! If you enjoy a good thriller, this is it!!