The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis

The Title Says It All

I do not like when a book’s title is disconnected from the story but that is definitely not the case here. The Danish Red Cross nurse Nina Borg is asked to pick up the contents of a public locker at the Central Station in Copenhagen, Denmark. The locker contains a suitcase and in the suitcase she finds a drugged, foreign boy. He is central to the story. Who is he? Where does he come from? Who put him in the suitcase? Nina is determined to find out the truth. We get to follow several people and their fates in Denmark and Eastern Europe at the same time and in the end the stories come together.

Nina Borg

The Boy in the Suitcase is the first novel in the series about Nina Borg. She wants to help everybody and she is drawn to disaster zones where she thrives and remains calm, but her own family is getting tired of it. She is an interesting character, who carries plenty of personal baggage, and her behavior is explained towards the end of the novel.

Strong Women

The novel is about the criminal mistreatment and trafficking of women and children, which is a pretty common topic, but the Danish writer duo Kaaberbøl and Friis have created a unique story where the women are strong and decisive. I love to discover new authors that live up to my expectations and this novel is a breath of fresh air. Good job!


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