Unsettling, gripping and darkly glamorous, After She'd Gone is a timely psychological thriller about the danger of beauty, the lure of power, and the fierce love of a mother for her son.
Liv loves her son, Adrian. That's why she keeps a low profile in Sandefjord, Norway: just another tired single mother, trying to make ends meet. She has never told her son about the secrets she carries or the life she lived before he was born. She will do anything to keep him safe.
Anastasia's life is transformed when she moves from Russia to Milan and starts modelling. Suddenly, she's rich. She's desired. But then she begins to see the dark side of her new life: the high-pressure catwalk shows; the glamorous, drink-fuelled after-parties; the sun-baked Italian palazzos owned by powerful men. She will do anything to escape.
Selma is a feature journalist in Oslo. She's horrified to uncover an unsavoury and dangerous underworld when she writes an article looking into the modelling industry. Then, a woman goes missing in Sandefjord...
Reviews for Alex Dahl:
'A true Scandi-noir thriller' Daily Mail
'It will leave you gasping for air' Rachael Blok
'Tense and twisty' Woman's Own
'Dark, intelligent books set in bleak landscapes – who doesn't love a Scandi thriller? Especially when it's from the critically acclaimed author of The Boy Next Door... Tense and twisty, this tale explores obsession and mental health' Woman's Own, on Cabin Fever.
'Remarkable... Dahl is able to ring satisfying changes on the familiar ingredients' Crime Time, on The Boy at the Door.
'Turns the raw power of maternal feeling into a gripping plot' Sunday Times Crime Club on The Heart Keeper.
'Dahl plays with a scenario that is every parent's nightmare as she slowly reveals the truth in this fast-paced and unsettling read' Guardian, on Playdate.
'This story has all the props of a true Scandi-noir thriller... The descriptions of the forest are particularly powerful and the story spins off successfully in a variety of different directions, coming to a chilling and convincing conclusion' Daily Mail, on Cabin Fever