The Boy in the Suitcase (Nina Borg #1) Book Summary and Study Guide

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This story is about a Danish nurse who found a three year old boy in a suitcase. Nina Borg is a nurse and a social worker. She lives in Copenhagen with her husband and their two children. She is obsessed with her work and she feels that it is her duty to care for the illegal immigrants who are coming to Denmark every year in the quest for a better life but end up being abused and mistreated.
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One day, Nina's friend, Karin, tells her to go to the train station and pick up a suitcase for her. She finds the suitcase but, while lugging it to the car, she feels that she is being closely observed. She opens the suitcase and she finds a little naked boy, drugged and stuffed in the small luggage. She panics and she decides to find out on her own who the boy is and why is he stuffed in that suitcase.

She tries to contact Karin but she finds her friend dead in her own house. The boy doesn't speak Danish so Nina has to deal with the situation on her own. She is frightened but she decides to find out who the boy is without noticing the police, her own family or the center for illegal immigrants were she works.

Jan Marquat is a Danish businessman and Karin's employer. He is stuck in a delayed flight. Jan can't deal with some business himself so he asks Karin to withdraw a big sum of money from the bank and pick up a suitcase from the train station. She understands that something is wrong, she runs away and she hides is a small cabin outside the city. Jan lives in a big mansion with his wife and son named Aleksander.

Jucas and Barbara were supposed to deliver a Lithuanian boy to a Danish rich guy, get their money, go back home, get married and live a good life. Now Jucas in really mad because he doesn't understand who Nina is and why is the boy in her possession. He chases her along Denmark and kills some people in the process.

Sigita is a Lithuanian woman and a single mother. Her little boy was abducted from the playground by some strangers and now she needs to find him and get him back. Her long quest finally gets her to Denmark where she hopes to find her child safe and sound.

All the characters are caught up in the quest for the missing child and missing each other by seconds in their travels along Denmark. In the end Sigita, Nina and the child, Jucas and Barbara, end up at Jan's mansion. Jan gets shot by Jucas but the secret is uncovered. Jan's son was sick and he wanted to replace the boy with another one so his wife won't have a nervous breakdown. Sigita finds her son and Nina gets back to her family for a while before trying to save some illegal immigrants from their fate.
Best part of story, including ending: I like Nina's determination to save the boy.

Best scene in story: Nina buys some clothes for the naked boy and she offers him an ice cream so he won't be so scared. She tries to comfort him the best she can.

Opinion about the main character: I don't like the fact that Nina is doing all this mission by herself. She could have used the help from the police. She puts her own life in danger for no good reason.

The review of this Book prepared by Andreea Lupei a Level 5 American Goldfinch scholar

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   white slavery ring

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   nurse/medtech Age:    -   40's-50's


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Eastern Europe

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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