Happy Friday! Today I have a review of The Boy at the Door by Alex Dahl, a new psychological suspense set in Norway and publishing on Tuesday, July 24, 2018.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
4 “appearances can be deceiving” stars to The Boy at the Door! 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
Cecilia Willborg is a lucky lady. She lives in a wealthy neighborhood in Norway and has the ideal husband and two children. Cecilia is a consummate perfectionist, which means she has to work diligently to keep up appearances and an over-scheduled calendar.
One day Cecilia is at the pool and notices a little boy named Tobias whose parents have not picked him up. She delivers him to his address, but she is exasperated to find his house completely empty. Cecilia then takes him to her own home, for safety, and somehow this child’s existence sets off a chain of events and an airing of secrets that shreds apart Cecilia’s perfect world.
Even though Cecilia presents as having a flawless life, she is rough and abrasive, with her own priorities, and yet, somehow when she interacts with Tobias, she becomes softer around the edges.
The Boy at the Door is a gripping, dark, and original thriller. The last chunk sent me hurtling toward the end. I had to know the finish and all the details of what happened and why. Well-done debut for Alex Dahl!
Thank you to Berkley for the finished copy to review. All opinions are my own. The Boy at the Door will be published on July 24, 2018.
This riveting psychological suspense debut by Alex Dahl asks the question, “how far would you go to hold on to what you have?”
Cecilia Wilborg has it all–a loving husband, two beautiful daughters, and a gorgeous home in an affluent Norwegian suburb. And she works hard to keep it all together. Too hard…
There is no room for mistakes in her life. Even taking home a little boy whose parents forgot to pick him up at the pool can put a crimp in Cecilia’s carefully planned schedule. Especially when she arrives at the address she was given
and finds an empty, abandoned house…
There’s nothing for Cecilia to do but to take the boy home with her, never realizing that soon his quiet presence and knowing eyes will trigger unwelcome memories from her past–and unravel her meticulously crafted life…