Maggie lives a life of careful routines and measured pleasures. But everything changes when, walking through Gatwick airport, she is approached by a young woman who whispers a single word: 'Help.'
Maggie's actions save Anja from her brutal trafficker. However, when the story runs in a newspaper, Maggie is panicked by the publicity and the strange phone calls she begins to receive. Then Anja makes contact, and quickly insinuates herself into Maggie's ordered life . . .
After fifteen years writing strategy for advertising agencies, Alex Hourston took a break to go back to university and her first love, books. She completed a Masters in English and started a PhD, but put it aside when the idea for this novel surfaced. Alex lives outside Brighton with her family. She is working on her second novel, an exploration of infidelity and emotional inheritance.