New Release Spotlight: In My House by Alex Hourston


Publication Date: Available Now from Faber and Faber

Source: Publisher Review Copy

Maggie lives a life of careful routines and measured pleasures. But everything changes when, walking through Gatwick a few days shy of her fifty-eighth birthday, a young woman approaches her and whispers a single word: ‘Help.’
Maggie responds, and in that moment saves a stranger, earning Anja her freedom and ensuring the arrest of a brutal trafficker.
But when the story gets picked up by the papers, Margaret is panicked by the publicity, as well as the strange phone calls she begins to receive.

In My House is a wonderful debut – a true character piece that surprises in unexpected ways.

Maggie helps a stranger one day and by doing so sets off a chain of events that she is not sure how to handle, On the surface In My House looks like it will be a mystery story, a tale with a hidden secret to be revealed. And in a way it is that yes, but more than that and at the heart of it is an ensemble cast, headed by Maggie, that allows the author to explore life and love in all its forms.

We have Maggie who is beautifully drawn – she’s an odd duck (I’m channeling my mother there somewhat) who on the surface just does not really like people. Then we have Anja, running from her past and into her future. When these two collide and develop a relationship it expands and contracts, ebbs and flows, starts to involve others and it is all endlessly gorgeously fascinating.

I loved every minute of it. It is a story of friendship. of how these develop sometimes despite ourselves. It is a story about the choices we make and how those choices form our personality. It is a tale of family and background and influences and most of all it is a story about the unexpected life events that can change everything.

Totally compelling, beautifully written and absolutely chock full of heart, this comes highly recommended from me.

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