A Nina Borg Mystery
Lene Kaaberbol / Agnette Friis
November 8, 2011/ ISBN 156947981X
Mystery / Denmark /
by Carmen Ferreiro
Nina Borg wants to stay out of trouble. After years working in
third world countries as a nurse, she is back in Denmark with her
husband and children trying hard not to bring her work home.
But when she finds a drugged and naked little boy inside a suitcase,
she is thrown back again into the dangerous kind of situation she
thought she had left behind.
Who is this boy? Would the police help him or ignore his plea as
Nina is certain they will do if he happens to be an illegal immigrant?
And who is the big, angry man who is after the boy?
Nina found the suitcase in the locker her friend, Karin, asked her
to check for her. So, naturally Nina goes to Karin for answers,
and when she finds Karin dead, she realizes that the boy himself
is the only clue she has left. The only problem is that the boy
is too scared to talk, and when he does, he speaks in a foreign
language Nina does not understand.
This fast-paced mystery is told from five points of view: Nina's,
the boy's mother, the bulky guy's, and a rich Danish businessman's.
The shifting point of view works well in creating suspense and a
threatening atmosphere that kept me turning the pages until its
Apart from telling a good story, The Boy in the Suitcase
also succeeds in revealing the harsh reality of Danish society at
the beginning of the XXI century, a society quite different from
the idyllic one it once projected.
I'm happy to say that the ending opens the door to another Nina