The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbøl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I purchased The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis some time ago and it sat on my Kindle while I read other better known books. Two days ago I started this Danish crime thriller and could not put it down. Although I struggled with the imagined pronunciation of Danish names and places the story itself was so engrossing I didn’t mind the extra effort.
From the first page I was drawn into the lives of the characters and the question of where this story was going. Nina Borg is a Red Cross nurse with issues of her own which she has to push aside in order to deal with the mystery. By helping her friend Karin she is drawn into a dangerous game as she tries to save a three year old boy who has been hidden in a suitcase in a Copenhagen train station. Pursued by a strange and violent man who wants the boy back, Nina travels across Denmark trying to find out who the boy is and why he was in the suitcase.
Nina’s determination to help the boy is matched only by the determination of Sigita whose son Mikas has been kidnapped. As each woman fights tooth and nail to save the boy the true nature of the crime unfolds. With a surprising and unexpected turn the story culminates in a nail biting conclusion.
Every character in this book is another piece of the puzzle of both the boy in the suitcase and the women who struggle to save him. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good thriller with a surprise ending. Strong female characters make this a must read for women.