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The Boy in the Suitcase: A Nina Borg Mystery | [Lene Kaaberbøl (author and translator), Agnete Friis]

The Boy in the Suitcase: A Nina Borg Mystery

Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is trying to live a quiet life. The last thing her husband wants is for her to go running off on another dangerous mission to help illegal refugees. But when Nina's estranged friend, Karin, leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, and begs her to take care of its contents, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous case yet.
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Solo Narration - Female, 2013

Audie Award Nominee, Best Thriller/Suspense Category, 2013

Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is trying to live a quiet life. The last thing her husband wants is for her to go running off on another dangerous mission to help illegal refugees. But when Nina's estranged friend, Karin, leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, and begs her to take care of its contents, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous case yet.

Because inside the suitcase is a three-year-old boy: naked and drugged, but alive. Nina's natural instinct is to rescue the boy, but she knows the situation is risky. Is the boy a victim of child trafficking? Can he be turned over to authorities, or will they only return him to whoever sold him? In an increasingly desperate trek across Denmark, Nina tries to figure out who the boy is, where he belongs, and who exactly is hunting him down. When Karin is discovered brutally murdered, Nina realizes that her life and the boy's are in jeopardy, too.

©2011 Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis (P)2011 AudioGO

What the Critics Say

"This past-paced, suspenseful thriller intertwines several stories, gradually revealing the motivations of multiple characters and building tremendous suspense." (Booklist)

"Warning! If you open this book, your life will be on stand-by." (Elle, Denmark)

"The surprise ending is perfect. You won’t be able to put this down." (Romantic Times)

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    Sarah Alexandria, VA, United States 06-18-12
    Sarah Alexandria, VA, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2005

    I'm a 60 yr old former English major and grad student. It's been fascinating revisiting the books I studied in my 20s, read aloud to me.

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    "Not recommended"

    The plot devices in this thriller stretch credulity far too much to merit a good recommendation. A woman finds a drugged 3-year-old boy inside a suitcase that a friend asked her to retrieve from a locker in a railroad station. Instead of calling: the police, her friend, her husband, another friend, or anyone else who could possibly help her, she decides to drive around with the boy in her Fiat. She stumbles on a murder scene, at which she: handles the body, puts her hand in the victim's bloody head wound, pukes at the scene, and drops her cell phone, then dashes away in her Fiat again. Still she doesn't call the police, her husband, etc. having now heavily implicated herself in the murder thanks to her puke DNA, fingerprints, fibers etc that she has left all over the scene. I just couldn't get past this idiotic set-up to enjoy the book. I like Nordic noir, but these authors need to get their act together before they collaborate on another attempt to join this trendy genre. Also I found the female narrator irritating beyond belief. She frequently uses a shrill, sarcastic tone that is extremely off-putting. She needs to modulate her voice and just speak neutrally unless there is actually some exciting event happening.

    30 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Howard Cumberland, MD, United States 11-11-11
    Howard Cumberland, MD, United States 11-11-11 Member Since 2010

    When I like something I'll let you know. If I don't, I'll let you know that too!

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    "Not your next Scandinavian export."

    The Boy in the Suitcase is an unsatisfactory mystery. The plot had a lot of potential, but the authors rushed it along seemingly without much conviction. Our characters are not very deep or written in a way to make them terribly interesting. The story’s locations were not developed and the halter-skelter organization of the first dozen or so chapters, made little sense to this listener.

    I get the impression they intended this book to ride the popularity of Scandinavian exports. With a plot like this, it could have been worthy of being included in the category of Larsson, Nesbo and others. Unfortunately, this book does not live up to the promise or its own potential.

    Also, this is the fastest paced narrator I have heard on Audible. The result of the entire experience was like expecting a five-course meal and ending up with a McRib from the drive thru. Like the McRib, I cannot recommend The Boy in the Suitcase.

    If you’re looking for a story about rescuing a little boy and finding his family, try Learning to Swim by Sara Henry. Learning to Swim is a much better listening experience than The Boy in the Suitcase.

    32 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Avid Reader and Listener Michigan 11-28-11
    Avid Reader and Listener Michigan 11-28-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Fantastic thriller!"

    This tops my list of best thrillers of the year! I read a ton of mysteries, and am pretty good at guessing the ending - but this one, I could not, and that's always fun! The characters are realistic, the mystery complex, and the plot unravels a clue at a time. Definitely worth a credit (or more)! And Katy Kellgren is one of my all-time favorite narrators and she does not disappoint. BTW, I didn't like the Jo Nesbo books (too violent), so don't let the "scandanavian" category put you off this one.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Molly-o Seattle 12-12-11
    Molly-o Seattle 12-12-11 Member Since 2007

    English major. Love to read

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    "Great thriller read"

    Don't expect great literature but a wonderful story, well narrated and compelling. Since I exercise when I listen, my books need to capture my attention and this one did. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Napier, New Zealand 12-03-11
    Carol Napier, New Zealand 12-03-11 Member Since 2011
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    "This would make a great movie!"
    Any additional comments?

    I think this book would make a great movie because the characters all have depth and are believable, the premise is realistic and frightening (child abduction), and there's an little twist at the end.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Tucson, AZ, United States 03-10-13
    Kathryn Tucson, AZ, United States 03-10-13 Member Since 2003

    Krispy

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    "couldn't listen"
    What disappointed you about The Boy in the Suitcase?

    I don't know what I was thinking. I'm disturbed by human trafficking, child abuse, sexual abuse. I couldn't bear to listen to this story.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Meggin Reno, NV, United States 05-07-12
    Meggin Reno, NV, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2009

    Speaker, Coach, Author - in Reno, NV (A GREAT place!) I've been an avid Audible fan for several years. Listen on my iPhone many hours each week.

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    "Wasn't Sure - But It Was Excellent!"

    I was a little hesitant about buying this, but let me tell you, once I started, I was hooked and wanted to listen every minute that I could. The narrator was fabulous! I will look for more books as these authors write them and will hope that the same narrator is chosen. The book wasn't what I expected - it was better - plot, characters, etc.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    S. HOUSTON, TX, United States 12-13-11
    S. HOUSTON, TX, United States 12-13-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Well crafted suspense played out in a new environm"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Boy in the Suitcase to be better than the print version?

    Exceptionally rendered story in which exactly the right amount of information is given at each stage to build incredible suspense. I have been a passionate reader for 50 years, so that often I can guess plot development and resolutions. This novel kept me guessing!


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jennette Austin, TX, United States 12-12-11
    Jennette Austin, TX, United States 12-12-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Short but great!"
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    This is clearly part of a series - I'd definitely listen to more Nina Borg books.

    Plot-wise, I didn't think it was a huge mystery, but there were plenty of little details to be surprised by and there was no way to guess what would happen when all of the players get together in one room. Very much worth a credit.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Fredrica HUSON, MT, United States 12-05-11
    Fredrica HUSON, MT, United States 12-05-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A Gripping Read with complex characters."
    Where does The Boy in the Suitcase rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the better audiobooks I've listened to.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    I liked her slight accent and her sympathy for the characters. She helped bring them to life.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked that the characters were fairly conflicted, neither all good or all bad (at least most of them). This added to the interest and tension of the story.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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