Title: The Boy in the Suitcase Author: Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis Publisher: Soho Crime Publication Date: November 8, 2011 Format: Trade Paperback, 313 pgs Genre: Mystery Source: Library
From start to finish, the only word that I could use to describe this book is intense. From the first paragraph, you are drawn into the life of Nina Borg as she enters a station to retrieve a package for a friend and comes away with a young boy who has been drugged and lying near lifeless in a suitcase.
No, that is not giving away too much since that is pretty much the title of the book, but what the title does not tell you is what got us to this point. Is there more to this story than the obvious dark side of human kind.
Nina Borg is not your usual protagonist, she has some dark secrets of her own and only in future books, do I think, you will see more of what and who she is. Obsessed with her work as a Danish Red Cross nurse and helping immigrant refugees, Nina has seen the good and the bad in people and carries all of their scars; but what Nina finds in the train station locker will spin her world.
There are many storylines going on and the reader is pulled from one to the other knowing that they will all come to a climatic ending. But what ending will it be – as a mother searches for her missing son, a nurse trying to find where a child belongs, and a wealthy man who has set this whole nightmare in motion.
Kaaberbol and Friis know how to bring an intense book to a climatic end. The reader is left with only one thought, “Wow”. Riveting and entertaining, this book is a proposed first in a series and I certainly hope that the future storylines will captivate me as this one has.