The Boy at the Door by Alex Dahl
Brenda’s review & rating: 4 of 5 stars
I was lost in a coulee reading The Boy At The Door with three of my Traveling Sisters. We all started off quite comfortable reading this story but soon found ourselves twisted in the messy secrets of two women’s lives. We submerged ourselves deeper in the bushes not wanting to come out till all the revelations to this story were revealed.
Alex Dahl does a great job creating interesting and complex women here with realistic and believable realities of two women who live very different lives from each other. She cleverly adds layers to the secrets these women keep and slowly peels them back for us to see and we start to see deeper into the two women.
In the end, we were left feeling quite satisfied with this entertaining yet thought-provoking story that left us twisted in knots and feeling much more for the characters than we expected. I highly recommend.
Published on July 24, 2018
Thank you to NetGalley, Berkley Publishing Group and Alex Dahl for a copy to read and review.
4.5 stars! This was gripping, suspenseful and intense. I’m so impressed that this is a debut novel!
The storyline pulled me in from the very first page. We meet Cecilia Wilborg and her picture-perfect family – a handsome husband and two beautiful daughters. After watching her daughters’ weekly swimming lessons, Cecilia is asked to drive eight-year-old Tobias home from the swimming center after his parents fail to pick him up. The decision to drive Tobias home changes Cecilia’s life forever.
These characters got to me – there were two extremely stand out characters (I won’t mention names to avoid potential spoilers). I adored these characters and wanted to reach out and hug them several times throughout this novel. I felt deeply immersed in the whirlwind of stress and chaos that kept me flipping the pages of this book as fast as possible. There is an extremely dark side to this story that had me hoping for a positive outcome. My curiosity for how the novel would conclude overshadowed my every thought once I started this book, even when I wasn’t reading it. I simply had to know how things would end.
The suspense will keep you flipping the pages. The twists will keep you guessing. The writing will leave you feeling satisfied upon finishing. The ending will make you gasp!
A big thank you to NetGalley, Head of Zeus and Alex Dahl for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!
The Date by Louise Jensen
Brenda’s review & rating: 4 of 5 stars
Norma and I were lost in a coulee reading The Date with two of our Traveling Sisters and for the first time ever Norma was left in a coulee all by herself feeling quite differently from the rest of us about this story.
The Date was a fast-paced, entertaining yet frightening – the good kind we love in thrillers that left us on the edge of the coulee ready to jump out in fright and run and hide from some of the chilling scenes our main character Ali was up against. Nothing is the same for Ali after she wakes up the morning after a date that she remembers nothing about and things are not right for her.
Louise Jensen does a great job creating a terrifying situation here for Ali with her not knowing who she is being terrorized by but knows they want to destroy her. Not only does she have no idea who it is or why she is now unable to recognize anyone.
Norma who was on vacation at the time we were reading this one couldn’t fully engage with us in our discussion and she ended up not feeling the same way about the story as we did. She felt the story was written a little too frantic but that could have just been because things can get a little frantic when you are visiting family. Thinking this one might not be the best vacation read. We recommend finding a nice quiet place maybe with a blanket to hide under while reading this story.
Well, I can hardly believe that little ole me is sitting all by my lonesome in the Coulee!
All of the other Traveling Sisters absolutely loved this one except for me as I ended up thinking it was just okay. What’s up with that you might say? (or that is exactly what I said….LOL)
For me, this was just not a good fit and it might have been because I was reading this book while on vacation and maybe I just wasn’t totally getting it. I very much enjoyed the premise of this novel though and I quite enjoyed the twist. At the end, I was left a little bit puzzled and underwhelmed. I wish I would have felt the desperation and frantic behavior more from our main character here instead of feeling that it was more of the writing. I just didn’t feel it and it did bother me a little bit.
I definitely still would recommend this novel though as I think it might have been just me and timing.
Thank you from both of us to NetGalley, Bookouture and Lousie Jensen for a copy to read and review.
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