Monday, October 17, 2016

Book Review: The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbøl, Agnete Friis

If you like Scandinavian crime novels, you must read this book. It's a new classic of the genre.

Nina is a Red Cross nurse working with abused women, when a friend calls in a panic, begging her to pick up a suitcase at the train station. When she does, Nina is shocked to find inside a small naked boy. He is still alive, but obviously someone wants to hurt him, and Nina doesn't know who she can trust. Particularly when her friend turns up dead, Nina knows she is on the run for their lives.

The book takes twists and turns, every chapter ends on a cliffhanger, and it rockets along at an amazing speed. Impossible to put down, you worry so much about just what will happen, and of course how. This is more a thriller than a mystery, as we know from early on who the boy is (although Nina does not—he speaks a foreign language she doesn't recognize.) But we don't know who wants him or why until close to the end, and then there's a fabulous climax with lots of action and it's very satisfying in the end. If you like foreign-set thrillers, this book is for you!

This book is published by my employer at the time, Soho Press.

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