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
"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)
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.
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.
When I like something I'll let you know. If I don't, I'll let you know that too!
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.
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.
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.
English major. Love to 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
From Lithuania to Denmark, the story of the boy in the suitcase, is riveting, scary, and confusing . . . it keeps you on alert, waiting, listening, hoping . . . it is evident from the beginning that evil is at work . . . but I have to say right off that the story would have been stronger and better if the degrading, sexual language had been left out . . . it was plenty to imagine the intent of the kidnappers . . . the crudeness of the expletives was not helpful and did not add to the story . . . that said, I could not stop listening . . . I had to know about the boy, his mother, and I cared deeply about what happened to him . . . I liked Nina, rooted for her and her family . . . the outcome was worth the wait . . .but I could have done without the little "hook" at the end . . .
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