Book Review: The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis


Nina leads a seemingly ordinary life as a nurse in Denmark. In addition to being an nurse, Nina is honestly a good person. A person who cares much more than she should. When Nina receives a distress call from her old friend Karin, of course she runs to help. 

Karin needs a favor, from someone just like Nina, someone much stronger than Karin who will not turn a blind eye. Karin's request leads Nina to a train station locker room. She was told to retrieve a suitcase. Nina half-drags the suitcase back to her car and discovers a small boy. Naked, drugged, but alive.

In Lithuania, Sigita wakes in a hospital bed with a broken arm. She is told that she had alcohol poisoning. Sigita has no idea how she has gotten to the hospital and she has no idea who has her son. Sigita goes to the police but they do not believe her, assuming her to be a drunk. She is soon made aware that children who are stolen with no obvious cause, are rarely returned. 

The perspectives of the novel cycle throughout the main characters. This allows exposition to occur, without it seeming too unnatural. 

Ninety percent of this book is great. However, once you understand how everything is connected the novel ends quickly thereafter. Specifically, we see no legal repercussions. No character follow-up for many of the main characters. 

The Boy in the Suitcase is currently available from Soho Press. 

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