It was meant to be your daughter’s first sleepover.
Now it’s an abduction.

Lucia Blix went home from school for a playdate with her new friend Josie. Later that evening, her mother Elisa dropped her overnight things round and shared a glass of wine with Josie’s mother. Then she kissed her little girl goodnight and drove home.

That was the last time she saw her daughter.

The next morning, the house was empty. No furniture, no family, no Lucia.

In Playdate, Alex Dahl puts a microscope on a seemingly average, seemingly happy family plunged into a life-altering situation.


  • “[It will] have your nerves jangling and your emotions twisting… A tough read for those of a nervous disposition and an outright scary one for parents for whom the fear of child abduction is always at the back of their minds.”

    Weekend Sport, UK

  • “Dahl plays with a scenario that is every parent’s nightmare as she slowly reveals the truth in this fast-paced and unsettling read.”

    The Guardian, Thrillers of the Month, UK

  • “A story with real heart, surprising and chilling but the novel is more than an entertainment. As the story unfolds Dahl’s exploration of her characters allows readers to go deep into their psyche, an empathetic tale becomes a very compassionate one – who you have compassion for may surprise you – we can’t condone what happens but can feel like we understand it and that is very satisfying… Atmospheric… An engaging and emotionally draining read, a superb psychological thriller.”

    NB Magazine, UK

  • “The storytelling is crisp [and] there’s a terrifying simplicity about the ordinariness of the plot but particularly interesting are the very different responses of the two parents to their daughter’s disappearance.”

    The Daily Mail, UK

Alex Dahl
  • Thriller
Reading material

English edition

Rights sold

Norway, Kagge

Poland, Filia

Slovakia, Slovensky Spisovatel

UK, Head of Zeus (World English)

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