I would recommend this audiobook to a friend, especially to those friends who (like me) like Scandinavian thrillers.
Katherine Kellgren's performance was GREAT.
Better due to the wonderful performance by Kellgren. Gripping story, mystery hard to decipher in the first half of the story, kept my attention awake
could have been pursued further in regards to main characters
Makes you able to see characters come alive more
Looking for the second installment by the same author
I enjoyed the way the lives of each character seemed at first to be unrelated threads that slowy drew together a complete patchwork quilt. What first seemed confusing fragments resulted in a well crafted story that kept me guessing and second guessing. It was a surprise ending in which good people held the moral high ground.
I would enjoy another story and look forward to the next one when it becomes available.
Just enjoyed the story and her slight accent.
No not extreme, it kept me guessing and I was pleased to have a happy ending.
I had no idea what this was about when I purchased it but the previous reviews sounded like I wanted to read. Pretty good
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (mystery) - This books starts off quickly. A young boy has been kidnapped, drugged and put in a suitcase which has been stuffed in a locker in a train station. Nina, the main character, tries to find who he is so that he can be returned safely home. The boy's mother is desperately trying to find who's taken him and why. The story rocks along as Nina and the mother (working separately) travel around the Copenhagen area following clues, until the final scenes where everything finally all comes together.
Some reviewers have commented that Nina is stupid, but I don't feel that common sense is thrown out the window in this story any more than most fiction. While this wasn't the most exciting mystery I've ever read or listened to, I was never bored and was entertained throughout.
PERFORMANCE - Katherine Kellgren is my favorite female narrator. Her performances are usually so awesome that I save my five-star ratings almost exclusively for her. This time, however, she just gets a four. I don't have any complaints about her performance. It just wasn't one of her more stellar ones.
OVERALL - This is Book 1 of the series, but it stands alone. There's no sex, but there's violence and some foul language. Recommended for mature adults.
I bought this audiobook primarily because I like the narrator and the premise sounded interesting, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that I liked the story and the characterizations very much.
I'll start with the protagonist Nina, the nurse and social worker with her own set of psychological problems, which makes her more real but also a little more confusing. Hampered by a pathological need to help and to try and solve everyone's problems, she gets herself involved in things that another person might have easily avoided - and she also has a strange obsession regarding knowing and monitoring the exact time. It causes as many problems as it helps, but in this book it at least helps the young boy in the suitcase.
The plot waxes and wanes in complexity, as at the beginning there are several threads in different parts of the world that must be woven together in the book and in our minds. At the beginning of the book, when the characters and their voices were all new to me, that took a little bit of persistence and patience, but later it made for a more interesting story.
I was worried briefly at the end that it would have a happy-ever-after implausible conclusion, but I was really pleased that the protagonist stayed true to her personality and to the character that the book had already created.
I'm glad I took the chance to try this new author. The names of people and places were unfamiliar, and that can be a bit jarring, but it was worthwhile.
An interesting story that held my attention. I think it would have made a better "read" than "listen" since it took awhile to keep the character's straight. Pacing of the story was not to my taste and I'm not sure if I'll do others by this author. Having said that, Ms. Kaaberbøl is a very accomplished author with more than 30 novels to her credit and I'm glad I gave this one a try.
I was not able to follow the story.
The story line was too hard to get through that maybe if that had been better the performance would have been better.
I am sorry to say I did not not get far enough into the story to pick any scenes to cut.
I have not ever given a really bad review but I do feel like this is my honest option, would not get another book by this author. It may have been the translator in changing to English lost the flow that I am used to in other authors.
A social worker who spends more time helping the downtrodden than her own family picks up a suitcase in a travel locker for a friend only to find it contains a little boy. The police aren’t a good choice because of what happens to children in such situations and she sees an angry man who found the locker empty right after she emptied it. She goes off-grid to find out what happened. The book is a little confusing at the beginning with flashbacks and multiple characters at different ages, but soon there’s an action-thriller rhythm culminating in an exciting finale. This book is nothing like “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy plot-wise, in its high-tech setting or with a young heroine, but it does overlap in two areas: it’s a Scandanavian crime novel and it’s written by someone who understands feminism. It’s rare to see female characters handle dangerous situations as typical women would and not as male action heroes would. (It passes the Bechdel test with flying colors.)
I found the book hard to follow at first; the Scandinavian names were a bit foreign and didn't stick in my head, and there was not much distinction between one chapter (or one character's storyline) to the next, which switched quite frequently at the start... I probably would have benefitted from a little sound effect to signify the change.
Once past the beginning and getting the characters straight the story was intriguing and the characters cross paths and come together masterfully.