The Boy at the Door

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The Boy at the Door starts off with little Tobias being left behind at the pool. Since Cecelia is the last one out the door with her daughters, she is asked to take him home. When she drives to the address the boy gives her, there is no one there and it doesn’t look like anyone lives there. There is something familiar about the boy, so she decides to take him home for the night and figure out everything in the morning. She drops him off at school the next day, which sparks a lot of phone calls about who this boy really is and who he belongs to. Cecelia has worked very hard to have the perfect life, and she isn’t about to let her past ruin that. However, adding Tobias to the mix means that her past isn’t far behind. The truth is relative, though, right? You can be anyone you want, as long as you can keep your story straight and those that know the truth at bay.

This book as a very disjointed way of telling a story. The narrative switches back and forth between Cecelia and Tobias’s point of view, but without specifying the character. You can’t help but feel bad for Annika and Tobias, but Cecelia is just downright despicable. I found it very hard to relate to her because of all the damage she was causing around her with her lies and treatment of others. The ending to this story was also unclear as well, glossing over what happened to Annika in the end. This story was full of very sad and broken people, without any kind of a light at the end of the tunnel. I wouldn’t recommend this book if you are actually looking for a mystery, as the only mystery in this story is how people can be so cruel to each other.

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Author Alex Dahl
Star Count 1/5
Format Trade
Page Count 368 pages
Publisher Berkley
Publish Date 2018-Jul-24
ISBN 9780451491794
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Issue July 2018
Category Mystery, Crime & Thriller


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