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 of two women who live very different lives from each other. She cleverly adds layers to the secrets these women keep and slowly peels them back for us to see and we start to see deeper into the two women.
In the end, we were left feeling quite satisfied with this entertaining yet thought-provoking story that left us twisted in knots and feeling much more for the characters than we expected. I highly recommend.
Published on July 24, 2018
Thank you to NetGalley, Berkley Publishing Group and Alex Dahl for a copy to read and review.
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 center after his parents fail to pick him up. The decision to drive Tobias home changes Cecilia’s life forever.
These characters got to me – there were two extremely stand out characters (I won’t mention names to avoid potential spoilers). I adored these characters and wanted to reach out and hug them several times throughout this novel. I felt deeply immersed in the whirlwind of stress and chaos that kept me flipping the pages of this book as fast as possible. There is an extremely dark side to this story that had me hoping for a positive outcome. My curiosity for how the novel would conclude overshadowed my every thought once I started this book, even when I wasn’t reading it. I simply had to know how things would end.
The suspense will keep you flipping the pages. The twists will keep you guessing. The writing will leave you feeling satisfied upon finishing. The ending will make you gasp!
A big thank you to NetGalley, Head of Zeus and Alex Dahl for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!