The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol
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81%

28 Critic Reviews

...Nina’s particular blend of stoicism and vulnerability guide the story.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

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.

 

About Lene Kaaberbol

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Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis are the Danish duo behind the Nina Borg series. Friis is a journalist by training, while Kaaberbøl has been a professional writer since the age of 15, with more than 2 million books sold worldwide. Their first collaboration, The Boy in the Suitcase, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, and has been translated into 27 languages.
 
Published November 8, 2011 by Soho Crime. 321 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Horror. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Boy in the Suitcase
All: 28 | Positive: 24 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Excellent
on Oct 28 2011

A debut that’s a model of finely tuned suspense.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Sep 12 2012

...Nina’s particular blend of stoicism and vulnerability guide the story.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Elizabeth Provenzano on Nov 07 2012

Nina is both strong and helpless, which is an interesting and frustrating combination. If you enjoy mysteries and thrillers, this is a series for you!

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Examiner

Above average
Reviewed by Kristin Wilson on Feb 11 2012

First novel in a Danish mystery series, The Boy in the Suitcase is the start to the telling of Nina’s story. There seems to be more to Nina’s background that is only hinted at in this first novel and it will be interesting to learn more about her past and watch her grow and evolve throughout the series.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Nov 11 2012

...a keen and wonderfully devised mystery that will prick the curiosity of any reader with even the most tangential of interests in the whodunit genre.

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RT Book Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Page Traynor on Feb 07 2013

The surprise ending is perfect. You won’t be able to put this down.

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Bestsellersworld

Good
Reviewed by Patricia Reid on Feb 07 2013

...it all comes together and makes for a very exciting book.

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Bestsellersworld

Above average
Reviewed by Julie Moderson on Nov 29 2011

Just the title of this book intrigued me and it is as exciting of a book as the title...Nina starts on a journey to protect this little boy who speaks a different language than she does but he learns to trust her.

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City Book Review

Good
Reviewed by LuAnn Schindler on Jan 26 2012

While the first several chapters confused me...the remainder of the story fascinated me.

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We Love This Book

Good
Reviewed by Gerard O'Hare on Mar 19 2014

Whilst The Boy in a Suitcase both entertains and thrills, it also helps to expose these bleak realities and drives home a strong message which will remain with the reader for some time.

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Mysterious Reviews

Below average
on Feb 07 2013

...none of the characters are really all that engaging and there is little suspense in what follows, with the flatly written and minimally developed storylines converging in a reasonable, predictable, even passive manner.

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Chicago Sun Times

Excellent
Reviewed by MICHELLE WIENER on Dec 04 2011

Fans of crime fiction and suspense will want to nab it.

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Bookin With Sunny.

Good
Reviewed by Ann Ronald on Apr 18 2013

The Boy in the Suitcase is absolutely coherent. Even the senseless vio­lence makes a kind of sense, given the labyrinth of events that unfold.

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Devourer of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Jen on Feb 24 2012

The Boy in the Suitcase is a darkly fascinating book, and a wonderful example of the Scandinavian crime genre, full of strong, smart women. I imagine that it works very well in print, but it is an absolute gem in audio. Highly recommended.

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Literate Housewife

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer on Dec 15 2011

I thoroughly enjoyed The Boy in the Suitcase. Don’t let the Stieg Larsson comparisons turn you off or set your expectations. A flawed female main character and a Scandinavian setting are the only relevent similarities.

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Criminal Element

Good
Reviewed by Jordan Foster on Oct 18 2011

I’m well on my way to becoming an expert on all things dark and Dane by the time Soho Crime publishes the second Nina Borg installment. It can’t come soon enough for my Danish education.

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Pop Culture Nerd

Good
Reviewed by Pop Culture Nerd on Nov 03 2011

Authors Kaaberbol and Friis imbue the characters with a duality that elevates them from being crime-fiction stereotypes.

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Murder by Type

Good
Reviewed by Beth Crowley on Oct 05 2011

THE BOY IN THE SUITCASE is a compelling reading experience. The chapters are short so it is easy to decide to read “just until the end of this chapter” until the end of the chapter is reached and it is necessary to read “just one more.”

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Reflections of a Book Addict

Excellent
Reviewed by Todd and Kim on Dec 12 2011

With thrilling accounts of murder and suspense that lurk in each chapter, you’ll find yourself glued to the spoken words, anxiously waiting to see what happens to The Boy in the Suitcase.

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Literary Hoarders

Above average
Reviewed by Literary Hoarders on Dec 06 2011

Overall, not bad, but I think I have to go back to my earlier impression before the pulse-pounding, highly dramatic, tense ending which was that I was slightly confused at times, and not really clicking with Nina as the one to save the day.

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Reactions to Reading

Above average
Reviewed by Reactions to Reading on May 09 2012

I found this book uneven in quality: some of it was very good and some downright clunky. With the exception of Sigita the characters don’t seem properly fleshed out or, in the case of Nina, not quite credible.

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Petrona

Good
Reviewed by Maxine on Dec 18 2011

It is a very good read, highlighting some of the social injustices that are all too familiar to us today from reading the newspapers and other crime novels.

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The Mystery Librarian

Good
Reviewed by Sharon on Jan 03 2012

The Boy in the Suitcase has garnered rave reviews from many major papers, and is a fast-paced thriller written in tight and sparse prose that seems to be the hallmark of Scandinavian mystery authors. A compelling read that you’ll find hard to put down.

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Teresa's Reading Corner

Excellent
Reviewed by Teresa on Dec 14 2011

I loved the fact that the author could develop this level of intensity while still having characters that were strong and believable. The slow and steady climb to the resolution was timed perfectly. The resolution was unexpected yet perfect.

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Scandinavian Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Peter on Sep 10 2013

The Boy in the Suitcase is an exceptional crime fiction debut that shines a light on a tragic and real social issue.

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International Noir Fiction

Excellent
Reviewed by Glenn Harper on Jul 21 2011

The Boy in the Suitcase is the impressive beginning to what is reportedly a series (hinted at in the last pages of the novel) featuring the unconventional, troubled, and determined Nina. More, please.

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Marilyn's Mystery Reads

Good
Reviewed by Marilyn on Nov 26 2011

Together they are a marvelous pair. The first page of this novel grabbed me, and that feeling continued through to the very end.

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Crime Scraps Review

Good
Reviewed by Norman on Feb 21 2012

It is a well written thrilling story, blending several sub plots carefully together, featuring complex characters while making us think deeply about the vulnerability of the poor, women and children in our so-called civilized societies.

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