A story that is beautiful, yet painful to read. An epic tale, full of tragedy, enduring love and a search for truth.  The Boy in the Suitcase By Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis

The Boy in the Suitcase

By Lene Kaaberbol

PBR Book Review:

This is book #1 in a bestselling Danish mystery series and the first to be translated into English. It’s the collaboration of two critically acclaimed children’s authors; Lene Kaaberol and Agnete Friis and a must read for anyone who enjoys crime fiction.

The story hits on some key social issues and gives voice to some highly emotional topics. The writing style is sparse but the character development is rich and complete, allowing the strong emotional attachment necessary for an engaging story. It’s also about examining the choices made in life as the storyline follows the lives of several characters. Each adds something different and unique to the plot and provokes thought on some universal feminine theme. In short a welcome addition to the crime genre, I look forward to the next installment.

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*Discussion Questions

1. Although The Boy in the Suitcase is often describes as a mystery, a thriller, and/or a crime novel, at the heart of the book are the Family dramas oF Fairly ordinary people.Did you fnd yourself relating to the characters’ situations or motivations?

2. Nina at one point claims that most of the criminals who prey on the illegal immigrantsare stupid. It is probably safe to say that there are no evil geniuses in this book. But arethere evil morons? To what extent is the concept of evil applicablef And does it haveanything at all to do with intelligence?

3. How is Danish society portrayed in the novel? Does it differ from your experience ofyour society, and if so, how?

4. Is The Boy in the Suitcase a very Scandinavian book, or do you feel like it could havetaken place anywhere

(Discussion Questions by Publisher )
Book Summary
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.
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