The Boy at the Door by Alex Dahl #review


When an 8 year old boy is found alone at a swimming pool, a mystery begins to unravel – who is he? Where does he live? Why is he alone?

Set in an affluent Norwegian town, this book was super atmospheric – you can hear the rain, feel the cold, see the snow. I haven’t read enough books in this setting and I’ll definitely be back for more, it was almost a character in this book.

This was a very melancholy read for me, and a bit close to home with having an 8 year old boy myself. I couldn’t help but feel a tremendous amount of empathy for him. I became very attached to a few of the characters and my heart went out to them – combined with the dreary atmosphere, I left this one feeling a deep sense of doom and gloom. But that’s the power of good writing, isn’t it? It will make you feel deeply.

This was a Traveling Sisters read – always a pleasure to hear the perspectives of my fellow reviewers.

Thank you to Berkley for my advance copy.


Cecilia Wilborg has it all–a loving husband, two beautiful daughters, and a gorgeous home in an affluent Norwegian suburb. And she works hard to keep it all together. Too hard…

There is no room for mistakes in her life. Even taking home a little boy whose parents forgot to pick him up at the pool can put a crimp in Cecilia’s carefully planned schedule. Especially when she arrives at the address she was given

and finds an empty, abandoned house…

There’s nothing for Cecilia to do but to take the boy home with her, never realizing that soon his quiet presence and knowing eyes will trigger unwelcome memories from her past–and unravel her meticulously crafted life…


  1. Satou Johns · July 14

    I haven’t read a book that I can consider atmospheric… well… I don’t think so 😮 I would love to have the experience though! haha

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  2. Lindsay · July 15

    A very atmospheric read. Always great to read with you Melis! Great review!

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