In My House, by Alex Hourston

People often talk about the moral maze.

InMyHouseCoverPeople often talk about the moral maze. You know, should you really walk back through the rain to give back the £2.50 that you were undercharged in that coffee shop a few hours ago? Or, is it wrong (when you are a Greenpeace member) to buy a second-hand fur coat?

Those are the first-world problems and principles that we are all privileged enough to have to think about, living as we do in the United Kingdom. (By the way I think the answer is most definitely yes, to the fur coat issue.)

In this book, Maggie has to tussle with some very real, hard choices. She’s walking through Gatwick Airport when a young woman approaches her and whispers one word to her: "Help".

Maggie answers her plea and saves a total stranger, Anja, freeing her from a brutal trafficker. The story gets picked up by the local papers and Maggie starts to get panicked by the publicity and by the strange phone-calls that she starts to receive.

Meanwhile, Anja makes contact with her and quickly manages to insinuate herself into Maggie’s life.

As the relationship develops, Maggie begins to reveal what it is that she has been hiding for so long, and we are drawn into a moral maze indeed, in which every choice is compromised.

Oh, and you probably should take the change back, to that coffee shop. Or that poor assistant on zero hours will have to pay for it.