The Boy in a Suitcase – Book Review

Published 05/12/2012 by julierkendrick

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I read this book as part of a review group and thought you may be interested to see my review of it.

The title and first page were certainly intriguing. The rest of the book, however did not deliver.

So many characters, which are introduced in the first 4 chapters have Eastern European names which are very hard to read. Coupled with the fact that there are no clues as to how they link up for a long time, the book is hard going.

Nina Borg finds a three year old boy in a suitcase. Not until the very end of the book do we find out why he is there. This would be OK but for the fact that Nina makes the most irrational decisions for no apparent reason. The boy and Nina do not speak the same language but nowhere does it state that she tries to talk to him. There is next to nothing written about the boy other than he is taken from place to place by Nina and just sits there quietly. This is not true of any 3 year old I ever knew. If he was scared, upset, shy or angry some kind of behaviour would have been displayed, challenges for Nina to overcome, but it seems that the boy was a vehicle for the story to progress. He was the least fleshed out character in the book.

The boy’s mother Sigita was a more sympathetic character but even she made some silly unexplained decisions.

I found it unrealistic. Nina was irritating and weak, not someone I imagine many women would identify with. She has a husband and two children that she regularly leaves without saying a word yet we are expected to believe that she is compassionate towards this small child and his mother.

This is the first in a series of three books featuring Nina Borg. I will not be reading the others.

I give this book 4/10

 

Has anyone else read this book? What did you think, do you agree with me?

 

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