THE BOY IN THE SUITCASE
The first in a series of mysteries from Denmark is a highly emotional story of secrets and bad decisions. It is also about women: desperate, scared women; women who refuse to look at choices they’ve made; and most of all, a very determined, brave woman who has to get involved in the lives of others. It starts with a series of short chapters from the viewpoints of seemingly unconnected characters. The writing is sparse, never telling the readers more than they must know at the moment and the action and emotion are continuous. The surprise ending is perfect. You won’t be able to put this down.
Nina Borg is given a key to a locker in the Copenhagen train station by her friend Karin and asked to pick up the suitcase inside. Karin says she’ll know what to do — but there’s a naked, drugged, barely-alive 3-year-old boy inside the suitcase. Is this a case of child trafficking? Nina doesn’t have time to consider her best option before a man begins pursuing them — a very dangerous man who will kill her to keep the boy a secret. (SOHO, Nov, 320 pp., $24.00)