The Boy at the Door

Represented by:
Laura Longrigg


Head of Zeus

Publication date:
May 2018

Foreign rights controlled by:

Foreign rights sold:

US: Berkley
Czech Republic: Albatros
Germany: Goldmann
Hungary: Gabo Kiado
Italy: Newton Compton
Portugal: Planeta
Slovakia: Slovensky Spisovatel
Sweden: Norstedts

Here in Sandefjord we have everything. Or, rather, we don’t – and that is my point exactly. We don’t have any of the undesirable components that make life so unpalatable in many other places: pollution, poverty, property crises, excessive crime, immigration issues – I could go on and on. This is not the kind of place where little boys turn up out of the blue, with empty eyes, no parents and nothing but a plastic bag containing a pair of Batman swimming trunks and a frayed blue baby towel. Sandefjord isn’t that kind of place. Wasn’t.

A doting, respectable mother is thrown together with a small, strange child who appears from nowhere, in the strangest of circumstances. A peaceful, wealthy Scandinavian town where nothing bad has ever happened. A web of lies so dense it is almost impenetrable. A heroin-addicted prostitute, floating face down in the icy harbour. But is Cecilia really a respectable, doting mother? And is little Tobias as fragile and innocent as he appears? What if terrible decisions, neglect, and even murder lurk hidden behind Sandefjord’s perfect facades?


‘The Boy at the Door is Scandi Noir at its best. In this atmospheric and beautifully written debut novel, Dahl writes about two women whose lives are hurtling out of control. In doing so, she shines a light on the underside of modern Europe, revealing not only problems with drugs and isolation but the dangers of aspiring to a Stepford-society life. Her revelations are thought-provoking and shocking and she combines complex and believable characters with a heart-breaking and head-spinning plot.’
Mary Torjussen, author of Gone Without A Trace

‘The Boy at the Door is a stunning debut! Alex Dahl has crafted 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, bestselling author of Remember Mia

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