The Boy at the Door by Alex Dahl @Hoz_Books @alexdahlauthor #lovebooksgroup #bookreview

Happy Thursday book lovers!

Thrilled to share my review with you or this compelling thriller! I am always eager to read books set in Norway because I am half Norwegian, however I have never been there, maybe someday?!? A huge thank you to Kelly for my invitation to the tour and to Alex Dahl for this compelling book!🇳🇴


Everyone has secrets. Even those who seem to be perfect…

On a rainy October evening, Cecilia Wilborg – loving wife, devoted mother, tennis club regular – is waiting for her kids to finish their swimming lesson. It’s been a long day. She can almost taste the crisp, cold glass of Chablis she’ll pour for herself once the girls are tucked up in bed.

But what Cecilia doesn’t know, is that this is the last time life will feel normal. Tonight she’ll be asked to drop a little boy home, a simple favour that will threaten to expose her deepest, darkest secret…

My Thoughts

A captivating character driven thriller filled with plenty of secrets and deceit!

Oh boy! I love a well-developed multi dimensional character that you love to hate! Cecelia was just that and more… she was a total bitch and the girl owned it! Such a complex character and such a complicated story… A multi layered tale that made my head spin and my jaw drop open as the layers began to fall away… Alex Dahl has crafted together one heck of an entertaining debut!

Sicilia has it all, the house, the kids, the husband, the clothes, the attitude…. but as we all know when something appears to be too good to be true, it probably is… One day when she is picking her daughters up from swimming lessons, there is a little boy who has been forgotten… cecelia is asked if she can take him home, and she begrudgingly agrees…. BUT when they arrive at the little boy’s home it appears to be abandoned and in ill repair… with no other choice Cecelia takes the littl boy Tobias home with her and so the story begins…. admittedly at this point I was thinking, I don’t think I would have agreed to take this little boy home and I am much nicer than Sicilia… not to mention I can’t imagine anyone would release the child to someone without parental permission, but this is Norway, maybe things are different? Then Cecelia takes the boy home with her? I was really thinking hmmm…. but at the end of the day this book was so entertaining and captivating, that I didn’t care if it was plausible or not….

this book sucked me in, I had to know what was up with this little boy… told from the alternating perspectives of Sicilia and Tobias… this book was filled with twists and turns, secrets and assumptions, and an ending that left me reeling! Recommend to any and all thriller lovers!

*** many thanks too Head of Zeus for my copy of this book ***

Alex Dahl is a half-American, half-Norwegian author. Born in Oslo, she wrote The Boy at the Door while living in Sandefjord.


“Unsettling, layered, bold, unpredictable, dark. EXCELLENT.” Will Dean, author of Dark Pines

“Remarkable… Dahl is able to ring satisfying changes on the familiar ingredients, and her heroine Cecilia, in particular, is one of the most distinctive that readers will have encountered in recent years.” Crime Time

“Stunning… an extraordinary plot; intricate and twisted with dark secrets emerging at every turn. An engaging mystery with an ending you won’t see coming.” Alexandra Burt

“Heartbreaking and HEAD-SPINNING.” Mary Torjussen, author of Gone Without a Trace

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