I’m pleased to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for gripping psychological thriller Playdate by Alex Dahl. Thank you to Head of Zeus publishing for giving me the opportunity to read and review this fabulous book!
About the author:
Alex Dahl is a half-American, half-Norwegian author. Born in Oslo, she studied Russian and German linguistics with international studies, then went on to complete an MA in creative writing at Bath Spa University and an MSc in business management at Bath University.
A committed Francophile, Alex loves to travel, and has so far lived in Moscow, Paris, Stuttgart, Sandefjord, Switzerland, Bath and London.
Her first thriller, The Boy at the Door, was a Sunday Times Crime Club star
pick and was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger.
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Facebook: @ alexdahlauthor
About the book:
It was meant to be your daughter’s first sleepover.
Now it’s an abduction.
Lucia Blix went home from school for a playdate with her new friend Josie. Later that evening, Lucia’s mother Elisa dropped her overnight things round and kissed her little girl goodnight.
That was the last time she saw her daughter.
The next morning, when Lucia’s dad arrived to pick her up, the house was empty. No furniture, no family, no Lucia.
In Playdate, Alex Dahl puts a microscope on a seemingly average, seemingly happy
family plunged into a life-altering situation. Who has taken their daughter, and why?
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Playdate by Alex Dahl is a suspense filled thriller that keeps you guessing throughout. It’s a difficult book to review without giving away spoilers, but suffice to say I was drawn into the mystery of what happened to missing schoolgirl, Lucia, from the very first page. I do, however, feel the story lost its way a little at about the half way point, but the strength of both the writing and the ending more than made up for that slight dip in the middle, so I’m very happy I stuck with it as it became a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging read.
Lucia Blix went home from school for an overnight playdate with her new school friend, Josie. But the following morning, when her father went to pick her up, the house was empty. No sign of Josie, her family… or Lucia. Where have the family gone? And why would they abduct Lucia?
What follows is a gripping and suspense filled psychological thriller that is very much a character driven story, with the main characters being Lucia and her mother, Elisa, interlinked with the points of view of several other characters, including a journalist named Selma. With short, punchy chapters that keep you wanting to turn the pages, the pieces of the puzzle are slowly revealed, slotting into place as we move forward to the final, thrilling denouement.
There is no doubt that Alex Dahl is a very capable writer and I look forward to reading more from her in the future. With Playdate, she has written an easy and engaging read that I thoroughly enjoyed. Recommended.
Playdate by Alex Dahl is available to purchase now: Amazon UK
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