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The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbøl
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Dec 21, 2011

really liked it
Read in December, 2011

“The Boy in the Suitcase,” by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis is continually compared to Steig Larson’s trilogy, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” Both are Swedish authors, both have similar titles, both are action packed. But that’s pretty much where the similarities stop. While I was not a fan of Larson’s trilogy, mainly for its jumbled writing, and needless violence, this book, “The Boy in the Suitcase” was much more a triumph.

The reader is engaged into the story immediately by the author’s format of switching the point of view for every chapter. The story is unfolded simultaneously while each different character is trying to deal with what they have in front of them, all at the same place in time. From other reviews I take it that the main character, and heroine of the novel, Nina Borg, is the audience’s favorite, but the author does a good job of adding in other characters that contain just as much depth and personality. There are no simple thugs here put in to take up space and further the plot with their size, every character has a point, and while it’s not the smartest book ever, it certainly isn’t stupid, and there’s a difference to it that comes from having multiple female leads trying to save the world and their families.
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