Published: November 8, 2011
Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is a compulsive do-gooder who can’t say no when someone asks for help—even when she knows better. When her estranged friend Karin leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous project yet. Inside the locker is a suitcase, and inside the suitcase is a three-year-old boy: naked and drugged, but alive.
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? When Karin is discovered brutally murdered, Nina realizes that her life and the boy’s are in jeopardy, too. In an increasingly desperate trek across Denmark, Nina tries to figure out who the boy is, where he belongs, and who exactly is trying to hunt him down.
This is the first book that I have read/listened to by Danish author, Lene Kaaberbol and translated by Agnete Friis and I loved it, BUT…
Nina seems to be cliché; she’s a typical damaged protagonist (seems to be suffering from manic depression) who had a childhood trauma and has been compensating ever since, distancing herself from her husband and children in order to save them from herself, while compulsively helping other “outsiders”. She always takes too much on instead of asking the authorities for help. Nevertheless, though there are some flaws in the book, it is a very good read, highlighting some of the social injustices that are all too familiar to us today from reading the newspapers and other crime novels.
I’m looking forward to finding more books by this author.