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Critically acclaimed author Alex Dahl explores how love can turn darkly sinister when a desperate mother looks to reconnect with her lost daughter in this riveting Norwegian set psychological suspense novel.
Two mothers. Two daughters. One heart.
When Alison's beloved daughter Amalie drowns, her world turns impenetrably dark. Alison tries to hold it together throughout the bleak Fall, but in the darkest days of the Norwegian Winter, she completely falls apart.
In another family, Amalie's passing is a new beginning. After years of severe health problems, young Kaia receives a new heart on the morning after Amalie drowns. Her mother Iselin has struggled to raise Kaia on her own, and now things are finally looking up. She's even made an affluent new friend who's taken a special interest in her and her daughter.
Alison knows she shouldn't interfere, but really, she's just trying to help Iselin and Kaia. She can give them the life they never had, and by staying close to them, she can still be with her daughter. Kaia is just like her, and surely, something of Amalie must live on in her. As her grief transforms into a terrifying obsession, Alison won't let anything stop her from getting back what she has lost.
What the critics say
“Dahl follows her critically acclaimed debut, The Boy at the Door (2018), by weaving another tautly constructed web around two mothers and one child. … Crisp and insightful prose drives a first-person narrative, related in turn by Alison and Iselin, that turns slowly sinister as it draws to a haunting conclusion. Recommended for Scandinavian-noir collections and fans appreciative of Picoult-like emotionally compelling fiction.”—Booklist
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I got this because I listened to A boy at the door, which was at least interesting all the way through. This book was terrible plain and simple. It was SOOO slow it was ridiculous, not interesting, and didn’t have enough plot or character development to fill an entire book. The only reason I listened to the end was because I was driving a long distance and couldn’t change. If I’d not been driving I would have stopped and given it back!
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