The new thriller from the author of The Boy at the Door.
What would you do to get your daughter back?
Three months ago Alison's world fell apart when her five-year-old daughter drowned at the local lake. Lost in grief, her husband and friends are unable to reach her.
Across town, Iselin's life is about to change. Her seven-year-old daughter has survived a life-saving operation. After years of treading water, they can now start thinking about the future.
These two mothers have never met. But their daughters will bring them together. And the consequences will be devastating...
'Turns the raw power of maternal feeling into a gripping plot ... The author keeps the reader on tenterhooks with a deft balance of nail-biting tension and pure sympathy for her twisted heroine' SUNDAY TIMES CRIME CLUB.
'Intriguing and believable ... At once a compelling thriller and a beautiful meditation on grief' JANE SHEMILT.
'This had me gripped to the last lines' STELLA DUFFY.
What readers are saying about ALEX DAHL:
'Absolutely brilliant ... I was in tears at points. I can't wait for the next story from this gifted writer'
'I was completely overtaken by this book. I couldn't put it down. It held me from the very beginning'
'Cracking story, fully fleshed characters, full of twists and turns and keeps you guessing. Great read and unputdownable. Highly recommended'
'I loved this book. A truly immersive unputdownable novel and a Netflix Original in the making!'
Told by two suffering mothers, this sad, wild, alarming tale from Norwegian author Dahl (The Boy at the Door) is all too plausible. Alison and her husband are grieving over the drowning of their five-year-old daughter, Amelie. Alison is close to losing it, despite therapy and her heavy use of pills and alcohol. Meanwhile, Iselin, a single welfare mother, has waged a seven-year battle caring for her daughter, Kaia, who was born with a life-threatening heart problem. Then Kaia receives a new heart from a girl who drowned. As she begins to blossom into a happy, active child, Iselin's burdens lift. When Alison hears about the phenomenon of cellular memory whereby organ recipients can take on characteristics of donors, she becomes obsessed with finding the bearer of Amelie's heart. On learning it's Kaia, she quickly insinuates herself into Kaia and Iselin's life, as best friend, benefactor and keen observer of Kaia's emerging Amelie-isms. To Alison it's clear: Kaia is more her child than Iselin's, and she alone deserves the girl. This psychological thriller may also be a horror story, but one that feels natural if utterly unhinged.