Cristina Alger: her novel is very political and fast-paced
 

The #MeToo movement has been credited with exposing the problem of sexual harassment in the film industry and in boardrooms. But the victims in Cristina Alger’s tense Girls Like Us (Mulholland £14.99) have no one to speak for them. They are young Latinas, poor and undocumented, which makes them easy prey for wealthy older men who invite them to parties in a beach-front mansion on Long Island. When two of the girls are found murdered no one takes much interest, until the detective in charge dies in a mysterious motorbike accident.

The dead man’s estranged daughter, Nell Flynn, is an FBI agent with Latino heritage through her mother. Now, clearing out her father’s house after his funeral, she begins to suspect that he killed the…