Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger
FBI Agent Nell Flynn returns to the east end of Long Island for her father’s funeral. They were never close but she’s his only relation so she’s returning to her childhood home to attend his funeral and get the house ready to sell. Already on leave from the Bureau because of an injury she is pulled into a local investigation by her father’s partner Detective Lee Davis. The investigation of the murders of two Hispanic women bring memories of her mother to mind since she was also Hispanic and brutally murdered when Nell was a child. As she digs into the murders she starts to see connections to her father. Could her father be a murderer? Could he have also killed her mother?
The references to places in Long Island were appreciated by me but any beach town that has the divide between the very rich and those struggling to get by could have been the setting for this mystery. Nell is a likeable person and the fight within her about wanting to protect her father’s memory and see justice served is well portrayed. A tight mystery with a few unexpected happenings. I’m hoping this is the first in a series.