Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is a compulsive do-gooder who can’t say no when someone asks for help—even when she knows better. When her estranged friend Karin leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous project yet. Inside the locker is a suitcase, and inside the suitcase is a three-year-old boy: naked and drugged, but alive.
Is the boy a victim of child trafficking? Can he be turned over to authorities, or will they only return him to whoever sold him? When Karin is discovered brutally murdered, Nina realizes that her life and the boy’s are in jeopardy, too. In an increasingly desperate trek across Denmark, Nina tries to figure out who the boy is, where he belongs, and who exactly is trying to hunt him down.
From the reviewers:
“It has one of my favorite literary devices, which is multiple story lines getting closer together as the plot unfurls. ” – Leigh | 4 reviewers made a similar statement
“I look forward to seeing her talents at work in the next book in the series! ” – Patto | 12 reviewers made a similar statement
Excellent subject, terrific suspense, great women characters. The story is tied together by different situations connected to one, the boy in the suitcase. It’s a book you can read all year around. It is especially nerve wracking if you have kids yourself! – Linda C. Thom
While I was slightly dissatisfied with the ending – I think that was largely due to the fact that I just didn’t want the book to end. I can’t wait for the sequel to be published! It was such a fast-paced and thrilling read that I am so excited to see what this writing duo comes up with next!! – Yolanda S. Bean
I was anxious to read this novel and I was rewarded with a great book. Thoroughly enjoyed the book. Read it in 2 nights. Quick read, but gooood!! Definitely will recommend this book to friends and family! – S. Struhall
Lene Kaaberbøl was born in Copenhagen in 1960, with suitable drama: the obstetrician had to rush from banquet and was still wearing his white tie and tails.
She was 15 when her first two books were published, and since then she has written more than thirty novels and children’s books. She has won several national and international awards for her fiction, and her work has been translated into more than 30 languages.
At her recent nomination for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the IBBY Committee wrote: “She is incredibly skilled at constructing universes and shows remarkable loyalty to her stories and her characters. Lene Kaaberbøl’s writing captivates the reader; her worlds draw you in, move you, make you laugh and cry and give you ample food for thought. And it is our assessment that her works have not just national and international potential, but the potential to become classics.”
While fantasy is her preferred genre when writing for children and YA, there is nothing remotely fairytale-like about her crime novels for adults. The Boy in the Suitcase, written in collaboration with Agnete Friis, was called a “first rate thriller” by Michelle Wiener of Associated Press: “Written in that sparse, uniquely Scandinavian style sure to draw comparisons with a certain blockbuster trilogy (this is better), this story packs plenty of emotional suspense and interpersonal friction without veering into melodrama.”
“I really enjoy writing in many different worlds – including our own – and for many different audiences. I sometimes feel it’s the literary version of living in an auto camper: you can always change the view, and you’re constantly meeting new people,” says Kaaberbøl, who in real life lives in an old water mill in the countryside near Aarhus, Denmark, with her four dogs.
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