Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Boy At The Door by Alex Dahl

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.

Cecelia picked her daughters up from swim practice, and as she waited for them to change, she was asked to take a young boy home because his parents didn’t show up.

Cecelia didn’t want to do it, but she couldn’t leave him at the school alone.  Taking him home was the worst thing that could have happened to her because he may be the reason her secret becomes revealed.  For some reason the boy, Tobias, knows Cecelia knew Annie, the woman who took care of him and abandoned him.
We get background information on Annie that is not very pleasant and then move back and forth to the present with the little boy that connects it all.

I wasn't a fan of the main character Cecilia. Her past lifestyle was off-putting for me, and her current life was made of lies. She currently had everything and still wasn't happy.

Tobias was a sweet boy who kept everything inside, and he definitely had secrets and answers to the questions the police were asking, but he wouldn't tell them anything. 

Some of the other characters were very unpleasant.
The ongoing questions in the story line are who is Tobias' mother, how did Cecelia really know Annie, and just what is Cecelia’s secret that will destroy her current life.

The author’s writing keeps you engaged and especially when she leaves an incriminating, clue-revealing tidbit as the last sentence of the chapter and moves on.  We gets hints about what is bothering Cecelia, but never enough information to figure it out.  Tobias knows, though, and Cecelia is worried.

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 excellent suspense debut. 4/5

I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley.  All opinions are my own.


  1. Thanks for stopping.

    Let me know if you would read this book

  2. This doesn't seem like your normal genre so I'm glad to see you enjoyed it. I'm adding it to my wish list.

    1. I go outside the box at times. :)

      Thanks for commenting, Kathy.

  3. Sounds pretty readable but also a little contrived. I guess it doesn't matter as long as it's entertaining. I seem to enjoy entertaining reads this year. Usually I prefer lit fiction.

    1. I hope you enjoy the book if you read it.

      Thanks for commeting, Ti.

  4. I really enjoyed this one. Cecelia is certainly one-of-a-kind...

    1. LOL...she definitely is.

      Thanks for commenting, Lit-Wit-Wine-Dine.