The Boy at the Door

The Boy at the Door

Everyone has secrets. Even those who seem to be perfect…

On a rainy October evening, Cecilia Wilborg – loving wife, devoted mother, tennis club regular – is waiting for her kids to finish their swimming lesson. It’s been a long day. She can almost taste the crisp, cold glass of Chablis she’ll pour for herself once the girls are tucked up in bed.

But what Cecilia doesn’t know, is that this is the last time life will feel normal. Tonight she’ll be asked to drop a little boy home; a simple favour that will threaten to expose her deepest, darkest secret…

“Unsettling, layered, bold, unpredictable, dark. EXCELLENT.”
Will Dean

“Stunning… an extraordinary plot; intricate and twisted with dark secrets emerging at every turn. An engaging mystery with an ending you won’t see coming”
–Alexandra Burt

“Atmospheric and beautifully written… combines complex and believable characters with a heart-breaking and head-spinning plot”
–Mary Torjussen


  • “[Dahl] adds some twisted black humour and creates a tense narration that will keep readers intrigued and wondering how to approach the main character.”

    Crime Review, UK

  • “Dahl savagely delineates the price of living in a society that insists women must try to be perfect wives and mothers and have successful careers, too, or they’ll be inevitably made to feel they’re never good enough.”

    Publishers Weekly *Starred Review*, US

  • “A riveting psychological thriller.”

    Excelle Magazine, UK

  • “Alex Dahl’s sharp characterisations make her story feel fresh.”

    Sunday Express, UK

  • “A novel of remarkable accomplishment that sets its nuanced and intriguing characters in the context of a plot that grips like a vice.”

    Crime Time, UK

Alex Dahl
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Reading material

English edition

Rights sold

Czech Republic, Albatros Media

France, City Editions

Germany, Goldmann

Hungary, Gabo

Italy, Newton Compton

Poland, Filia

Portugal, Grupo Planeta

Slovakia, Slovensky Spisovatel

Sweden, Norstedts

UK, Head of Zeus

US, Berkley

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