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.
My Review: I first read Scandinavian Crime Fiction with the Millmum Trilogy. Ever since I have been curious about others in the genre. I first heard about this book on a blog (I forget whose) then when I saw it in the library I decided to give it a chance. I was not disappointed.
When reading crime fiction it is important to me that the crime and the resulting story be believable. I am willing to suspend disbelief to some extent but if it is really out there then it pulls me out of the story. This book was written so that one could easily picture this sort of crime happening.
I could relate to the main character Nina Borg. Her actions were on par to what a “real” person would do. Her fears of not knowing what would happen to the boy if she returned him, the way that she went about trying to find out where he was from all flowed together seamlessly. I was rooting for her to solve the mystery of where the boy came from from the beginning. The other characters actions flowed with the story also. There is nothing worse than reading a character that does not act according to the plot. It draws one out of the story and can ruin the entire book. Even the setting was outstanding in this book. I could picture the Denmark that the authors were describing. It was if I was there watching the story unfold.
I really enjoyed this book. I think most people will so get it today!