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.
I found this book bounced around a bit and I had to rewind it a fair bit which was a tad annoying. I also found the narrator a little brash for want of a better word.
Tell us about yourself! I love to read or listen( audio), nothing abridged ,I want every word the author penned that is what I want.
Very unexpected plot
The Shack . The devotion of the parent in getting answers to what happened the their child.
Her performance was wonderful ,she made the story come alive. I'd like to hear more from her.
Once I understood what was happening, yes it was emotional.
This is a must read .hope to read more from this author.
Yes, but too long
Too much time was spent on feelings. The main characters went on and on about their feelings and then repeat the same feelings again and again.
The main story was okay, nothing really unexpected but not boring. Also, I thought the back stories could have been better. The ending was a bit strange. It started to wind down as expected but then suddenly picked up as though this was book one of a series with no prior indication that this would be the case. I don't know if I'll read another one by this author. I'm still deciding.
I liked the characters in this story and the way the story unwound. If I listened again, I'm sure I would pick up on things I missed.
I listened to this while commuting, and found that I was hanging onto the steering wheel as if I was being chased! Great prose.
Good use of voices and temporal qualities to give you the feeling of the environment.
Yes, this was a well structured story told rom the point of view of, at first encounter, four unconnected characters whose connections to the main mystery of boy in the suitcase became clear only very gradually.
It was quite nail-biting towards the end.
No. This was the disappointing part of the listening experience. This narrator really irritated me. There was a lot of over-dramatisation in her reading and a sort of sarcasm.
Suspense until the end - many twists and turns keep you listening until the last word.
I adore English mysteries!!! I love nothing better than hearing a British accent in my earphones!
Better narrator. Far less angst on the part of the heroine. Why all the hand -wringing about whether she sould try to help a helpless child? Isn't that a "no brainer?"
This was my first one. It was an interesting story idea.
The narration was so painful, I almost stopped listening in the middle. It really set my teeth on edge. Maybe it played a part in my irratation with the protagonist's angst.