Blog Tour/Review: The Boy at the Door by Alex Dahl

The Boy At The Door Blog Tour

I’m delighted to be hosting today’s stop on the blog tour for psychological thriller, The Boy at the Door by Alex Dahl.  The Boy at the Door is published in hardback on 12th July 2018 but you can snap up an ecopy of the book now by following the purchase links below.

The Boy at the DoorAbout the Book

What would you do for the perfect life?  Would you lie?  Cheat? Or…kill?

Cecilia Wilborg has the perfect life: a handsome husband, two beautiful daughters and a large house in the picture-postcard town of Sandefjord.

Then Tobias arrives.  He’s a small, friendless eight-year-old boy.

But he threatens to bring Cecilia’s world crashing down.

Format: hardback, ebook (384 pp.)                    Publisher: Head of Zeus
Published: ebook (1st May), hardcover (12th July 2018) Genre: Thriller

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My Review

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, observant and his childhood experiences have taught him to be self-dependent, self-controlled and to trust no-one.  Above all, he notices things, particularly about Cecilia.  ‘She’s sad.  I don’t know why, because she has the things to make you happy, but she isn’t.’  And he remembers fragments from the past that don’t immediately make sense to him.  That doesn’t mean he’s not also a lost little boy.

Some of the places Tobias has stayed are a far cry from the well-to-do area in which Cecilia, her husband, Johan, and their two daughters live.   And Cecilia’s ‘carefully curated life’ of shopping, managing her interior design business, glamorous foreign holidays, visiting the gym and enjoying the odd glass of wine (or four) is far removed from that of Annika, extracts from whose journal are interspersed through the book.   However, perhaps Cecilia and Annika have more in common than one might think?

The Boy at the Door takes the reader into a dark world of secrets, lies, drugs and violence, all set against a backdrop of Norway’s forests and fjords.  The book takes you on a twisty, suspenseful and compelling journey as the web of lies becomes more complicated and intricate by the minute, before secrets from the past are finally revealed with devastating consequences. If you’re fascinated by the character, Cecilia Wilborg, why not visit her blog?

I received a review copy courtesy of publishers, Head of Zeus, in return for an honest and unbiased review.  Oh, and thanks for the letter, Cecilia…

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About the Author

Alex Dahl is a half-American, half-Norwegian author.  Born in Oslo, she currently divides her time between London and Sandefjord.  The Boy at the Door is her first novel.

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