Girls Like Us

Putnam. Jul. 2019. 288p. ISBN 9780525535805. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780525535812. THRILLER
Nell Flynn, an agent in the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit in Washington, DC, is put on a short leave of absence after she is shot during an altercation with a dangerous Russian mobster. Soon thereafter, she is called home to Long Island, NY, following the death of her policeman father, Martin, whom she hadn’t seen in over a decade. While tying up loose ends related to her father’s fatal motorcycle accident, Nell is asked by a friend to consult on two local murder cases involving young Hispanic women, Ria Ruiz and Adriana Marques, who worked as escorts. Delving deeper into the grisly crime scenes and evidence, Nell begins to suspect a serial killer. She also constructs some disturbing theories that seem to link to her own past and leave her questioning her own beliefs. Nell’s covert investigation uncovers deep-rooted secrets, corruption, and lies. The more she unearths, the more her safety is endangered.
VERDICT This fast-paced psychological thriller by Alger (The Banker’s Wife) will intrigue mystery readers as they shadow Nell’s precarious quest for the truth at all costs, despite the consequences. [See Prepub Alert, 1/23/19.]

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