The Boy at the Door by Alex Dahl

The Boy at the Door

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 Cecil...

Details The Boy at the Door

TitleThe Boy at the Door
Release DateJul 24th, 2018
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Suspense

Reviews The Boy at the Door

  • Miranda Reads
    4.5 stars My father's account will match mine. I have a very expensive lawyer. What Cecilia wants, Cecelia gets Whewwww, I'm still reeling.This is the kind of book where you think you know where the story is going but then it takes a hard left turn and you're left spinning.Ceclia Wilberg has it all - the job, the house, the husband, the children. She knows just how precarious the mommy pecking order is and while she may not always like what sh...
  • Linda
    For the full-out deceitful, life is like tossing jagged lies, one upon another, creating an out-of-control bonfire. Charred, burning embers that never cease to feed the flames.Alex Dahl creates a character so abrasive that you will almost cringe at the mention of her name. Cecilia Wilborg lives with her husband, Johan, and her two young daughters, Nicoline and Hermine, in the Norwegian town of Sandefjord. Cecilia works as a home decor designer an...
  • Holly B
    A captivating novel that has some dark undertones. I was instantly pulled into this story.  Cecilia, agrees to give an abandoned little boy a ride home one night after he is left at the swimming pool. She thought something was sad about his expression.  Their lives would soon take a turn...I was obsessed with finding out the mystery of why he was left at the pool and why his home address was an abandoned house in shatters.  The story has so ma...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    ”The ladies at the tennis club will whisper frenziedly behind my back, and this little town will doubtlessly be rocked by the scandal of it all; after all, it is no little feat to single-handedly bring junkies, drug abuse, abandoned children, and murder to a small, wealthy town in Norway.”Cecilia Wilborg has the seemingly perfect life with a loving husband, two beautiful, suitably bratty daughters, a distinctive, ostentatious, bronze Range Ro...
  • Pouting Always
    One day when stopping by at the pool to pick up her kids, Cecilia Wilborg is asked if she can drive another child, Tobias, home after his parents forget to pick him up. Cecilia, annoyed at having to deal with the inconvenience, comes to feel more than just irritation when she drives over to the address Tobias lives at only to encounter an abandoned house. Cecilia brings Tobias back to her own house and struggles as his presence in the house cause...
  • Kendall
    The Boy at the Door by Alex Dahl has been getting a lot of hype here on goodreads! So, of course I had to take this under my wing to experience. But, unfortunately this wing felt a little broken too me. I had trouble connecting to the storyline to begin with and felt it was slow right away for me. I also was annoyed with the beginning event of the story. Cecilia takes her 2 daughters to swim lessons every evening. This particular night... Cecilia...
  • Nazanin
    3 StarsIt was so so so predictable (and here I mean all the twists) but the worse part was that the main twist was revealed at the middle of the story and then the second half got really boring, so after the 60% I started skipping. But damn, that cover…Told in multiple POV, 1st person. It’s a standalone novel. Overall, it was meh for me but hope you enjoy it more than me!
  • Mackey St
    Join me at https://macsbooks311.wordpress.comThe Boy at the Door is Scandi Noir at its finest. A debut novel by Alex Dahl, this is a dark and twisty novel that will have you on the edge of your seat from cover to cover! Cecilia Wilborg is a perfect wife and mother with two perfect daughters. She lives in a perfect neighborhood and has the perfect job as an interior stylist. Everything in life is absolutely perfect and she works very VERY hard to...
  • Katie B
    This book was dark, disturbing, and a bit of a hot mess and yet I couldn't put it down. Cecilia Wilborg has that "perfect" life. She has a beautiful home, a rich and successful husband, and two daughters. But guess what? It could all come crashing down when a mysterious little boy enters the picture.So I definitely got caught up in the story even if at times I was thinking it was veering into unrealistic territory. There's a lot going on but it s...
  • Pauline
    The boy at the Door by Alex Dhal is a thriller with so many twist and turns that I could not put it down and read it in one day.Cecilia is rich, a dutiful wife and mother of two young daughters.One day at the local swimming pool she agrees to give a young boy a lift home when his mother fails to pick him up. This incident has far reaching consequences that threaten to change her life.I found Cecilia a hard character to like and some of the subjec...
  • Mandy
    Thank you to Penguin Random House/ Berkeley for an ARC.This book wasn’t horrible... wasn’t my favorite. Cecelia who seems to have it all... House, children, husband, life... goes to get her daughter from swim practice when the receptionist tells her someone forgot their son. Practically begging Cecelia to take him she agrees and when she shows up at the house he claims is his, it’s empty. He begs her to let her spend the night with him and ...
  • Liz Barnsley
    This was a really fast read for me, really compelling and beautifully writtenCecilia takes in an abandoned child, against her better judgment and her wishes, she kind of gets roped into it. This child seemingly has no family and even the authorities are struggling to place him. So into her family he comes – but this will change everything for her.The thing I loved about this one was the character voice when Cecilia was telling the tale – she ...
  • Thebooktrail
    The premise of this is really interesting - woman who has it all, and likes everyone to know it, has her world turned upside down. She goes to pick up her two children from the swimming baths and since she's the last parent there, she's asked to give a boy a lift whose parents have seeimingly left him behind.Well that's just the start of it, and the water gets a lot darker from this moment on. The boy seems not to speak, not know who he is or whe...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    FULL REVIEW WILL BE ON JULY 25, 2018."Cecelia had a perfect life with a perfect husband, two daughters, a beautiful home, and an enjoyable part-time job.One night could change it all.THE BOY AT THE DOOR is brilliantly written with a creative, odd story line that is a bit unbelievable, but oh so good and attention grabbing. The tension kept me on the edge of my seat as the police questioned Cecelia about Annie and Tobias. THE BOY AT THE DOOR is an...
  • Cathy
    Cecilia Wilborg’s perfect life is in reality built on fragile foundations – if secrets and lies can ever be considered foundations – and Tobias, even though he’s only eight, may be just the person who brings the whole thing crashing down.  ‘I’m overwhelmed by a sensation of the past as a slithering snake sneaking up on me, ready to unleash its poison on this immaculate life I’ve fought so hard for.’Tobias is perceptive, observan...
  • Kris - My Novelesque Life
    THE BOY AT THE DOOR Written by Alex DahlMAY 1, 2018; 368 Pages (Head of Zeus; Aria)Genre: fiction, standalone, suspense, mystery, psychological, norwegian (I received an ARC from the PUBLISHER)RATING: 2.5 STARSThis book starts with a bang that holds you in suspense for a few chapters, but then dies down to almost a stall. And it continues like that throughout the book. Alex Dahl is a good writer but it seems like the editing was not as strong. An...
  • Dimitris Passas
    This was an ideal debut for half-Norwegian, half-American Alex Dahl, a name that all Nordic Noir fans will have to remember as she sets high expectations for the future. ''The Boy at the Door'' is a well-written suspense/mystery novel which the reader will have the urge to finish it in one sitting as it consists of a straightforward and uncomplicated prose, realistic dialogues and beautiful descriptions of a small Norwegian town named Sandefjord....
  • Amanda
    If there’s one thing I like, it is discovering new authors. I had never read anything by this author before and so I picked up the book with some excitement and I began to read. I really enjoyed this book but more about that in a bit.Cecilia Wilborg really got on my nerves from the start and I can’t say that I warmed to her at all. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as it meant that I could keep an open mind and think things through in an u...
  • NZLisaM
    A solid 4-stars.The story captured my interest, and started strong, but I found it dragged in the middle, and wasn’t fast-moving, or exciting enough for my liking. Although I will say that I’ve been having trouble focusing on reading this week, so that might have had more to do with it. The pacing did pick up around the 70% mark, and some twists I thought I had nailed were in fact wrong, so that was great, and also a relief as would’ve been...
  • Michelle Sibley
    This is a brilliant debut that keeps you turning the pages. Although unrealistic at times the plot is quite a refreshing change and although the main characters are not likable at all the author has done an awesome job of making them feel real. This book is set Norway which was interesting and although dark at times there is also some humor in there also.
  • Steve
    I won this book in a giveaway. I really like Scandinavian thrillers, so I had high hopes for this one. I enjoyed it, but not has much as I had expected.Dahl did incredibly well in parts of this story at keeping the reader guessing. There are aspects that are so far-fetched that they can't possibly be true, yet they seem to be. "Thriller" probably isn't the right way to describe this book, and to be fair, the description doesn't call it a thriller...
  • Ken Fredette
    Alex Dahl offers "how far would you go to hang on to what you have" in Cecilia Wilborg's life. It starts out with her getting her daughters from swimming and ending up with a little boy to take home for the night. He doesn't have a mother and father we know about and it basically continues from there with lies and tales that Cecilia comes up with in telling her loving husband and family about the boy. Is he just a little boy with out a home? We f...
  • Nancy
    This book is a thinker. It didn't grip me but kept me reading as facts became more evident. In the end, the book left me with something to think about. There is a comparison, however loosely connected, one can't help but wonder if different choices could have been made. Could they have changed?I liked the twist at the end. I think that, in and of itself, provides the most starkest of contrasts.
  • Bobby
    Fantastic!!! I won this ARC in a Goodread's Giveaway and I am awed with this debut author. This ranks right up there with Gone Girl and Girl on a Train in characterization, plot and plot switches and overall suspense based on a family becoming unhinged! The moving around of narratives is perfectly placed and timely. The various mysteries are revealed out of the blue leaving you constantly thinking "didn't see that coming"! The Scandinavian settin...
  • Rhonda Guttulsrod
    A beautifully descriptive and darkly evocative thriller that sweeps you along on a genre bending journey of discovery. Dahl has created richly layered, complicated and beautifully drawn characters, enticing the reader into a world of dark secrets. It is a dive into the duality of human nature, and a ride full of hairpin turns and unexpected revelations. This one could be brilliantly translated for the big screen. Who IS the Boy at the Door and to...
  • Barbara Jaques
    This was a page turner. Beautifully drawn characters with clear and individual voices; I should have hated them at times but cleverly Dahl made me care about each and every one. Fabulous world building. Having not yet visited Scandinavia, I also loved the tour!
  • Joann
    When I started this book I was thinking ,wow, this is really good and then as I got deeper into it, I found myself skipping parts of it. Why? Not really sure. I was getting bored with it or maybe I just thought parts of it were tedious. It deals with some tough issues about drug abuse and how society does place a degree of perfection on working mothers. Most of the characters are unlikeable, so be prepared. The book is well written. A 3.5 star fr...
  • Siobhan Holcombe
    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I absolutely loved this book! There were so many twists that I didn't see coming, each one leaving me more emotionally invested than the last. As a lover of Psychological Thrillers, this book captivated me from the beginning and left me guessing until the very end. This Author is definitely one to follow! I cannot wait to see what she writes next.
  • Kath
    Well, this book kept me riveted the entire time I was reading it. In fact, when life forced me to have to put it down and participate, it still kept hold of me as I was still thinking about it. It is definitely a thinkie kind of book, especially as its chronology is not exactly straight forward.We start with Cecilia, married mum of two daughters. She has worked very hard to get it all, and all is definitely what she has, on face value at least, a...