Suspense until the end - many twists and turns keep you listening until the last word.
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
exciting touching mysterious
the character development and the subtle accents made the story great
When Alexander's adopted mother stepped in at the end
It is very touching
Very interesting and the mystery is well woven through the story. I love the character development and emotions that the book evoked.
couldn't put it down, kept me guessing all the way. I would rate is in the top ten percent of all audio books of this kind. I like the comedy books a little better
Lene Kaaberbøl wrote a fascinating, intricate, well constructed story. I would be very interested to read other books by her.
The characters were complex and multidimensional, and in the context of a great thriller, created a deeply human enquiry into the tensions between what people value.
Sadly (big sigh), the reader attempted to deliver a regional accent that was inauthentic, inappropriate and VERY INCONSISTENT. There were occasions when I stopped listening because it was so gratingly bad. I think it would have been far better if she had used her normal speaking voice. It would then have been a foreign story read by an American, rather then a fascinating European story read by someone who had no authentic knowledge of a Danish accent and badly mangled imagined English accents by way of substitution. Katherine Kellgren may perform an American story well, but on the basis of this performance I would avoid listening to another book read by her.
I found "The Boy . . ." a little hard to get into - I kept feeling lost, but I stayed with it and it was well worth the wait. Different and interesting. A new sort of thriller. Give it a go and you won't be sorry.
I'm an avid listener. Audio books are a mini-vacation for me. They fill my "need to read" when I don't have time - which is most of the time. Great element of multi-tasking!
...this one is especially so. The title sets the listener up: the first scene is a child in a suitcase. The story is told from multiple character's points of view. The tale weaves around several countries, numerous characters and agendas, and mostly resolves at the end, leaving a couple of characters depressingly unchanged by events. In the meantime, there are several unique plot twists and some well drawn characters, but only listen to this if you are ready to walk on the seamy underside of Denmark and Finland.
No doubt about it. The protagonist here is a ditz. She cannot seem to take an obvious next right action even when her life depends on it. So she makes a mess around her. If you think watching someone suffer through a self-fabricated disaster is suspenseful, this is the novel for you.
That said, I didn't give up on it before it was done. If something is really not to my liking after about an hour of listening, I always trade it in. I generally cared about the characters, even though I was never really on the edge of my seat. I think the author is probably stronger at creating characters than she is at constructing plot.
It's kind of a woman's novel. Even the mess the protagonist makes has the feeling of mothering-instincts gone awry. I'd bet some female readers would enjoy this more than most men would.
Sometimes books have a really eye-catching title, but the story is a disappointment. Not so here - for me this book had it all, suspense, atmosphere, superb writing, believable characters and outstanding narration. The book was full of tortured characters doing their best to resolve their hopeless dilemmas, but only getting themselves deeper into quicksand. I loved all the different points of view, which made the story richer and more fascinating than if it had been all told from one person's angle. The author had just the right mix of atmosphere/description and action for my taste, enough to make the story come to life, but not overwhelming the reader or listener with details. I can't wait to find more audiobooks by this author, who will hopefully be paired with the same superb narrator!
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I missed a few things along the way! probably because I was too distracted at the beginning of the story when I should have been paying closer attention to detail.
As it was, there were too many holes in my comprehension like how can a woman who finds a little boy, drugged, stuffed in a suitcase in a locker, not go STRAIGHT to the police? Then again, I supposed if she had - there’d be no story.
A lot of little things bugged me, for example: how can the police not take a mother seriously when she reports her 3 year old child missing??? Even if she is a deadbeat (which she wasn’t). And how can the father of said child react so casually when he learns about it (quote: text me when he’s home) and not jump on a plane to come join his (albeit estranged) family and help in the search?? And what was her top secret work file all about??
Like I said, I must have missed some crucial details… or perhaps it’s just one of those things you’re not supposed to question? Just go with the flow for the sake of the story. That’s what I ultimately did.
Holes aside, I still enjoyed it – mostly because it was short. This kind of genre is not really my style; but this book it wasn’t so bad. I’ll probably read the next one in the series, although I am not committing!