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
ISBN9780451491794
Author
Release DateJul 24th, 2018
PublisherBerkley
LanguageEnglish
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Psychological Thriller
Rating

Reviews The Boy at the Door

  • Miranda Reads
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    1970-01-01
    ”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...
  • Holly B
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Linda
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Pouting Always
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Diane S ☔
    1970-01-01
    3.5 It starts when Cecilia, who is picking her own young daughtersup from swim class, is asked to take a young boy home as no one has come to pick him up. This young boy will change things for Cecilia and her family, and in a way that will be the cause of many lies and exposed secrets. Who is this boy? Cecilia, keeps a tight reign on her life, everything must be just so, from her house to her appearance. She is beyond driven,she is also any relia...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    1970-01-01
    4.5 stars! This was gripping, suspenseful and intense. I’m so impressed that this is a debut novel!The storyline pulled me in from the very first page. We meet Cecilia Wilborg and her picture-perfect family - a handsome husband and two beautiful daughters. After watching her daughters’ weekly swimming lessons, Cecilia is asked to drive eight-year-old Tobias home from the swimming centre after his parents fail to pick him up. The decision to d...
  • Kendall
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    1970-01-01
    I was lost in a coulee reading The Boy At The Door with three of my Traveling Sisters. We all started off quite comfortable reading this story but soon found ourselves twisted in the messy secrets of two women's lives. We submerged ourselves deeper in the bushes not wanting to come out till all the revelations to this story were revealed.Alex Dahl does a great job creating interesting and complex women here with realistic and believable realities...
  • Nazanin
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Melisa - Traveling Sister
    1970-01-01
    3.5 sad stars When an 8 year old boy is found alone at a swimming pool, a mystery begins to unravel - who is he? Where does he live? Why is he alone?Set in an affluent Norwegian town, this book was super atmospheric - you can hear the rain, feel the cold, see the snow. I haven’t read enough books in this setting and I’ll definitely be back for more, it was almost a character in this book. This was a very melancholy read for me, and a bit clos...
  • Mandy
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Faith
    1970-01-01
    This is yet another twisty novel with an unreliable female narrator. While I haven't encountered this exact plot before, I've seen that structure way too many times. In this case the "big twist" was telegraphed so early in the book that it hardly counted as a twist at all. In the affluent community of Sandefjord, Norway everyone leads a life full of foreign vacations, tennis matches with the girls and getting eyelash extensions. The protagonist C...
  • Liz Barnsley
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Lou
    1970-01-01
    What would you do for the perfect life? Would you lie? Would you steal? Would you kill?... Alex Dahl's debut novel 'The Boy At The Door' is a cross between a domestic noir and a psychological thriller that is based in the picture-postcard town of Sandefjord, Norway. Interior designer Cecilia Wilborg's seemingly perfect life is actually built on lies, secrets and deception. She portrays herself as having the ideal life - an attractive husband, Joh...
  • Dennis
    1970-01-01
    I’ll write a review when I get back from vacation next weekend, but one word: WOW!
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Thebooktrail
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Cathy
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Michelle
    1970-01-01
    Thank you to Head Of Zeus and NetGalley for the free ARC copy of this book! I was so excited to read this book after reading the description and was thrilled to begin.The words to describe this book - thrilling, chilling, and lies! And that cover!? Oh my gosh, it gives me chills. I loved this book from beginning to end. It was very well written and I loved it from the beginning. I was hooked from the start and it kept my interest throughout the e...
  • Dimitris Passas
    1970-01-01
    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....
  • NZLisaM
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    Book review can be found on my blog here: https://booksonthebookshelf.wordpress...Thank you to Head Of Zeus and NetGalley for the free ARC copy of this book! I was so excited to read this book after reading the description and was thrilled to begin.The words to describe this book – thrilling, chilling, and lies! And that cover!? Oh my gosh, it gives me chills. I loved this book from beginning to end. It was very well written and I loved it from...
  • Amanda
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Michelle Sibley
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...