The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis

The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete FriisRed Cross worker Nina Borg is asked by her old friend Karin to take care of the contents of a suitcase in a train station locker. “Don’t open the suitcase until you are somewhere private,” Karin says. Once she carries the suitcase up to her car, Nina is horrified to find it contains the drugged and naked body of a three year old boy. Back at the lockers, Nina encounters a murderous thug looking for the suitcase and frantically runs away with the boy until she can figure out where he comes from, and whether he should be returned. In another country, the boy’s mother wakes up in hospital with her stomach full of alcohol and her arm in a sling. Where is her son, and why won’t the police believe he has been kidnapped?

What the Armchair Critics Thought:
Nina was a difficult heroine to warm to. It was hard to understand why she felt the need to run away from her husband and children to look after people in other parts of the world. The pacing of the book was well done with the action veering between the two mothers and culminating with the third. The reason for the kidnapping was a good twist. We found the ending a little trite and wondered why the police would not notice the missing pieces at the crime scene. The Danish and Lithuanian names were difficult to pronounce and keep track of, but it was an exciting novel and kept you turning the pages.

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