The Boy at the Door by Alex Dahl
Caring for her two daughters is challenging with her husband often gone on business. Cecilia Wilborg makes it work. After all, her husband loves her, her daughters are perfect, and they have a home in a wealthier area in Norway.
While taking her daughters to the community pool, Cecilia runs into the one thing that could tear her perfect life apart. Someone left their young son at the pool. Cecilia's asked to run him home. She never imagines that the boy's parents will not be there. She and her husband agree to take him in until his parents are found.
Annika Lucasson knows Cecilia's secret. She may not be more than a junkie, but the secret she knows could be her claim to wealth. To keep her world intact, Cecilia must deal with her past and maintain a calm facade as Annika intrudes more and more on her life.
Some of the secrets and mysteries within The Boy at the Door are apparent. I wasn't shocked by some revelations. I was more surprised that Cecilia opted to keep some of her secrets hidden. They weren't that big a deal in the scheme of things.
The story is told through Cecilia's, Annika's, and the boy's eyes. You get to see a clear picture of how their stories come together slowly over time. I actually loved the breaks and getting to know each character so closely.
By the end, I was thoroughly hooked. I can't say I loved Cecilia. She makes foolish mistakes that never needed to be made. She's pretty stuck on herself and that made her hard to like. The rest of the characters drew me in, however, and I was definitely intrigued and wanted to know more with each page.