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Review: The Boy in the Suitcase

April 23, 2013

The Boy in the Suitcase

Red Cross nurse Nina Borg isn’t on the best of terms with her old friend Karin, but when Karin leaves her a key to a train station locker, asking her to take care of what’s inside, Nina can’t resist investigating.  She heads to the train station and is shocked when she discovers a suitcase containing a naked and drugged boy inside the locker.  Nina’s first instinct is to protect the boy but, since she doesn’t know his story, she doesn’t know how.  In trying to figure out what’s going on, and piece together his background, Nina finds herself in danger and on the run.

The Boy in the Suitcase, by Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnette Friis is an action packed, heart pounding mystery thriller!  There are a lot of characters at the beginning of the book so it took me a little while to get into it, but once I did, I was hooked.  I became attached to Nina but got the sense that I was missing something in her background.  I really liked the fact that she powered forward even when she was frightened and wasn’t sure what her next step should be.

I found the mystery aspect of the story intriguing and disturbing.  I certainly hope it’s not based on something true but, these days, I wouldn’t really be surprised.  The twists and turns in the story kept me invested and I didn’t figure out the mystery ahead of time.

I listened to the audio version of The Boy in the Suitcase which is narrated by Katherine Kellgren.  She did an okay job – I liked that she pronounced the foreign names so I didn’t have to stumble over them in my mind, but I thought that some of her accents were off.  Overall, this was a good, but not great, read for me.

My friend Julie sent me this audiobook.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.

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  1. April 23, 2013 6:02 am

    I wasn’t thrilled with the narration but the story was compelling. I agree that I felt like I needed to know more about Nina, and I’m assuming all that will be forthcoming in future installments. I started the second one on audio, though and couldn’t get through it. I didn’t delete it so I will try again when I am more focused.

  2. Beth F permalink
    April 23, 2013 6:10 am

    I’m glad you liked this, even though it was a huge hit with you. I might go for the print if I decide to read this.

  3. April 23, 2013 6:12 am

    I don’t think this one is for me (the disturbing aspect puts me off). Maybe reading would make it easier for me than listening. I’m a wimp.

  4. April 23, 2013 6:55 am

    This one has been on my TBR list. Gotta be in the right mood for this one.

  5. April 23, 2013 7:48 am

    I love the line: “I certainly hope it’s not based on something true but, these days, I wouldn’t really be surprised.” I have felt that way about many murder mysteries, and then comes the day when a similar story appears in the papers! Ugh!

  6. April 23, 2013 8:51 am

    It sounds rather violent – dont think its quite for me.

  7. April 23, 2013 9:01 am

    Sounds interesting. Sorry KK didn’t blow you away. She’s normally sooo good.

  8. April 23, 2013 9:12 am

    I kindled this one awhile ago, but have yet to get to it. Based on your review, I think I can wait a bit longer. It does sounds pretty interesting thought.

  9. April 23, 2013 10:25 am

    Well, you’ve got me playing the curiosity game. Would love to read more….

  10. April 23, 2013 11:26 am

    I have this one on Kindle and started reading it…only made it 5 pages before abandoning it. But after reading your review, I get the feeling I need to give it a chapter or two….I’ll try again!

  11. Literary Feline permalink
    April 23, 2013 11:40 am

    Somehow I ended up buying two copies of this one a while back. One in e-format and one in paper copy. I do hope to read it one day soon as the premise really intrigues me. I can imagine it is quite disturbing though. Thank you for your great review, Kathy!

  12. April 23, 2013 11:50 am

    Sounds like an interesting idea, but not sure it’s for me.

  13. zibilee permalink
    April 23, 2013 12:46 pm

    Oh my, this one does sound daring and scary! I would love to get to the bottom of this one and see what’s what, so I will be looking for this one, but in print, I think.

  14. April 23, 2013 3:53 pm

    I have always thought this book sounded really good.

  15. April 23, 2013 6:48 pm

    I am so getting my grubby hands on this book, thanks for the review.

  16. April 23, 2013 8:40 pm

    The foreign names were a bit of a challenge for me. They were all unfamiliar and many were very similar which confused me at first. By the end of the book it all made sense, I gave it 3 stars.

  17. April 23, 2013 9:17 pm

    As always, I love your reviews. You tell me what I need to know and honestly I had thought about reading this one, which I still may but it will be from the library. Passing on the audio version of it for sure!

  18. April 24, 2013 1:26 am

    Excellent, honest review, Kathy. :)

  19. redladysreadingroom permalink
    April 24, 2013 2:01 pm

    This sounds like a book that may be better read than on audio. Although I am not sure it’s one that I would be interested in reading.

  20. April 24, 2013 4:37 pm

    I’ve seen this book around but didn’t know how action packed and disturbing it was! Sounds like a good one to pick up in print.

  21. swright9 permalink
    April 24, 2013 9:01 pm

    Sounds like an interesting premise. Is it from a Swedish author?

  22. April 25, 2013 12:59 pm

    This sounds good but like it would keep me up at night!

  23. April 25, 2013 1:16 pm

    There are few mysteries that I absolutely don’t want to read, but I think this might be one of them . It just sounds like it might be too disturbing for me.

  24. April 25, 2013 5:56 pm

    I don’t think I could read this one. Just the thought of that boy in the suitcase had my heart pounding and my mind automatically pictured my own small boy in that situation. Shuddering and horrifying thought.

  25. bookingmama permalink
    April 25, 2013 8:56 pm

    It took me awhile to get into this but I did enjoy it. I actually had to start over.

  26. April 26, 2013 1:00 pm

    I’m really curious about this one, though it does sound very disturbing.

  27. April 26, 2013 3:01 pm

    The premise is too much for me so I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t like it as much as you. But never say never, I guess.

  28. April 27, 2013 5:33 pm

    I pretty much had the same thoughts as you.

  29. May 4, 2013 6:48 pm

    Been meaning to get around to this one…Book 3 in the series, Death of a Nightingale, is being released in November. See a preview of it in my blog post from yesterday: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2013/05/friday-focus-soho-press-book-buzz-titles.html

    Long-time follower.

    http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/

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