The Boy in the Suitcase (Nina Borg Series #1)

The Boy in the Suitcase (Nina Borg Series #1)

by Lene Kaaberbøl, Agnete Friis
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The Boy in the Suitcase (Nina Borg Series #1) by Lene Kaaberbøl, Agnete Friis

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781569479827
Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/08/2011
Series: Nina Borg Series , #1
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 53
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Lene Kaaberbøl has sold more than two million books worldwide as a fantasy writer. Her collaborator, Agnete Friis, is a children's writer. Their bestselling Nina Borg series has been translated into ten languages.

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The Boy in the Suitcase 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 380 reviews.
RudyGem More than 1 year ago
Loved the story and the thrill. The storytelling was interesting with the use of backstories. Ending has a nice twist. Will recommend to my club.
thebooklass More than 1 year ago
This book was quite good and suggests that we have a strong, new talent in the combined efforts of the authors. I found the pace of this mystery to be fast and tense with many questions that needed to be answered along the way. Why was the boy in the suitcase? Who is after the main protagonist Nina? Who can she trust? Who will help her? And will she succeed? The resolving of these questions, and others, creates an edge of your seat novel worth reading, but it is not without its problems. The main character, Nina, has a tendency to come across not as independent or self sufficient, but as self absorbed; the result is that I found it hard to connect with her character. However, the story was peopled with others that I DID connect with, such as the little boy and his mother. If the authors carry this novel into a series, and I feel strongly that they should, then I hope they will flesh out Nina's character more so that she is not just a humanly flawed character, but someone the reader can understand and perhaps empathize with. Definitely worth a read, and I think most readers will find the ending to be quite satisfying.
Adaptoid More than 1 year ago
I loved the concept of this book. Unfortunately I found the suspense lost in quick, undeveloped chapters. A reviewer mentioned that the female authors finally presented female characters in a fair light. I disagree. The women in the story were intellectually stunted, consistently making irrational choices, crippled with overwhelming emotion. Between the poor pacing and annoying characters I was left disappointed with what could have been an excellent book.
Lynie More than 1 year ago
Nina Borg's life is a busy one. With two children of her own, her job is to help people; working as a nurse for a secret organization that provides medical care to illegals. When she agrees to meet her longtime friend Karin for lunch, Karin begs her to fetch a package from a public locker at the Copenhagen train station. Unwilling to explain what's in the locker, Karin's parting words send Nina down the rabbit hole. Nina discovers a drugged and naked young boy in a suitcase inside of the locker. The boy, Mikas, is unable to speak Danish and when Nina discovers that Karin has been murdered, she doesn't know where to turn or who or what she's running from, trying to stay a step ahead of some very dangerous people searching for Mikas. Another woman is equally desperate; Sigita Ramoskiene, a Lithuanian woman, wakes up in a hospital, the victim of an apparent alcohol overdose. She doesn't have any memory of what happened to her and discovers that her young son Mikas is missing. The tension builds as Nina struggles to identify and protect the boy, while miles away Sigita frantically searches for her son . Unknown to each other, both women become deeply immersed in the horror of human trafficking. THE BOY IN THE SUITCASE is a taut and satisfying Scandinavian thriller. Lynn Kimmerle
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was free, very well edited, 280 pages long and a little hard to get into at first. The flow was a little choppy, but this could have been because it was by a Scandinavian author. Not unlike, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series. By chapter three, I was hooked and did not put this book down for the 2 1/2 hours it took me to finish it. This book contains lots of violence, and at times lurid details. It is believeable. All the characters are well written. The details are wonderful, there are some foreign sentences here and there, with a translation afterwards, so this does not present a problem, includes child abuse and trafficking. There are a few sexual referrals, nothing graphic though. I will read more by this author and will purchase the rest of this series. This is not a book for younger readers, due to the violence and content. Recommended for both sexes, ages 18 and up. AD
SLA44 More than 1 year ago
I purchased and read this book in a day! The characters are riveting. I was absorbed in the story from the beginning with every twist and turn. I love a story that leaves you guessing until the very end and this one is an ace! Exceptional read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great book.. It's harsh and filled with whats probably more reality than i would like to believe. It was pretty fast paced and easy to read, but that isn't to say it was lacking detail. It was colorful but dark smothered in a blanket of bizarre hopefulness, thanks to our two leading ladies, i'd say. All in all i think this book is worth spending a fews with.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great suspence book...loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good writing style, just enough well-written descriptions to carry the story in a steadyfast timing. The story is well-developed and with no loose ends. I'll recommend to any mystery novel lovers.
Lance_Charnes More than 1 year ago
This novel is yet another entry in the growing catalog of Scandinoir coming to these shores, and in many ways fits the general pattern: a socially maladapted protagonist, evil doings involving underage victims, societal rot, Eastern European villains, heat waves. That its central figure isn’t a police detective doesn’t move it very far out of the middle of this stream. Nina Borg (that protagonist) is a Danish Red Cross nurse who allows herself to be badgered into retrieving the titular suitcase and discovering the titular boy. The narrative switches between Nina’s efforts to figure out who the boy is and why he’s in Denmark, the Lithuanian mother’s attempts to find her son, the Polish and Lithuanian kidnappers’ attempts to get paid, and the ultimate culprit’s maneuverings to make everything turn out right. This multi-viewpoint approach works pretty well and ensures the reader doesn’t spend prolonged periods with any character who bugs him/her. It also helps illuminate the various motives at work and the stakes involved using each character’s take on the problem at hand. The prose is clean for the most part, the dialog convincing, and the short chapters keep a loping pace through the shortish (just over 300 hardcover pages) plot. This should’ve worked better for me than it did. What happened? Three big things: -- The central crime – the kidnapping of a Lithuanian toddler for delivery to a wealthy Danish family – ought to resonate strongly, since it’s the pivot on which the entire plot turns. It didn’t for me. Perhaps the biggest obstacle is the victim himself. At three years old, Mikas is little more than an object on which forces act, and as such it’s hard to invest in him as anything other than (at best) a generic little boy, or (at worst) an animated Maltese Falcon. -- While the interior settings are generally well-limned, the exteriors are mostly blank canvases. I know little more about how the featured parts of Copenhagen and Vilnius look or feel now than I did before. This leaves the story strangely unstuck in place; it could with very little effort be relocated to Veracruz and St. Louis, or Bangkok and Sydney. -- Nina follows in the footsteps of Kurt Wallander and Harry Hole: a savant who's barely able to keep herself fed and clothed and is mostly unable to function in adult society. She often doesn’t know what to do with Mikas, but is unwilling to turn him over to people who would know; she’s aware a killer is on her trail, but does little to protect herself or the boy. She plunges heedlessly into this case, shredding what few societal attachments she’s somehow managed to form, spending all her money and lurching from one half-thought-out plan to the next. Unfortunately, nearly all the other characters are as damaged and traumatized as Nina. There’s not a single intact marriage, normal childhood or non-derailed life to be found here. Nobody does anything that gives them pleasure. While we expect a certain level of sturm und drang in the new Baltic republics, it’s difficult to credit that the residents of the cleanest, safest, most prosperous societies on the planet are all such miserable wretches. This isn’t a bad book, just another entry in a genre I’m increasingly finding off-putting. There's plenty here to like if you’re a fan of Scandinoir. There’s even a sequel. Just don’t read this book if you’re already depressed, because there’s nothing in it that will make you feel any better about yourself or the world.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A page turner. And a good twist to the story. A must read this year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this as part of Nook friends on FB. I never would have picked it on my own. The story is somewhat complex and the ending was a complete surprise. Glad I read it. Note: there are formatting issues with page numbers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!
chugaries More than 1 year ago
A very good book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didnt enjoy this book at all. Very hard to get into. Far too many characters to keep up with. Didnt bother finishing the book after the first half.
llyrdy More than 1 year ago
Good story, but the writing lacking!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a lover of books. I love reading and I try to expand my interests in different types of books. This book was terrible. I made it to page 118 and still was not impressed. The author's typos annoyed me...the story and the many characters were hard to follow. It just didn't keep me interested. But I tried! I kept reading because I thought it would get interesting...the general IDEA of the book sounded good. What a waste of money!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good concept, dull book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A real page turner. Right up there with the best Scandinavian crime fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A real page turner...couldn't put it down!
Jackie Greenberg More than 1 year ago
Gripping page turner. Similar to Kate Atkinson's crime ficton.
LyndaLB More than 1 year ago
Great read. Opens up the lives of those living in all those small countries in Europe and the changes happening due to lowering of boarders. Interesting in that all the protagonists and antagonists wanted the same thing. Family! Of course having a family does not solve all your problems and often creates more. Looking forward to another book by this pair. I think it would make an excellent book club discussion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Choppy. Hard to keep track at first. Wasn't sure I even wanted to fiinish. Ending finally smoothed out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book excrutiatingly slow. The first half of the book focuses on frantic, emotional, overwhelmed female characters who it seems we are supposed to find somewhat charming and heroic. You are meant to sympathize with these woman in extraoridinary circumstances, but they come across as annoying and unequipped. The storyline is interesting but doesnt move quickly enough to keep you engaged. It took me, an avid reader, several weeks just to get through the first 2/3's of the book because I had no desire to pick it back up. The last portion of the book finally answering many lingering questions and I did enjoy the ending, but the beginning made me want to give up on the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great plotting, great character development. We read this in my mystery book group and everyone was pleased by it. It is my favorite book that I've read this year.