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The authors of The Boy in the Suitcase (2011) return with another thriller involving Nina Borg, Danish rescue worker. Now working as a nurse at Coal-House Camp for refugees, she has taken a special interest in an eight-year-old Ukrainian asthmatic girl, whose mother has been imprisoned for murdering her abusive fiance. When the mother escapes, she heads straight for her daughter, but someone gets there first and tries to kidnap the child. Nina is convinced there is more going on than authorities are willing to recognize and is determined to protect the little girl from harm, no matter where it comes from. Interspersed among chapters of the ensuing suspense story is a tale of two sisters, Olga and Oxana, growing up in Ukraine in the 1930s, when famine and Uncle Joe Stalin's push toward collectivism made their peasant life a nightmare. The merging of the two stories strains belief a bit, but readers who like historical fiction will nonetheless find themselves intrigued by the emotionally resonant portrayal of the sisters growing up in extraordinary times, and readers who like thrillers that touch on women's issues will appreciate the sketches of two women, one determined to save her child at any cost, the other obsessed with saving the world one person at a time.--Zvirin, Stephanie Copyright 2010 Booklist
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Artfully drawn characters who are a pleasure to know populate Kaaberbol and Friis's excellent third thriller featuring nurse Nina Borg (after 2013's Invisible Murder). At a Red Cross crisis center in Copenhagen known as Coal-House Camp, Nina bonds with Natasha Doroshenko, a Ukrainian refuge. Natasha is arrested for the attempted murder of her abusive Danish fiance, but Nina believes she is innocent, even after Natasha escapes from custody and the fiance is brutally slain. Meanwhile, two Ukrainian police officers arrive in Copenhagen looking for Natasha to question her about the murder of her husband, Pavel, three years earlier in Kiev. Nina asks for help from Soren Kirkegard, a member of the Danish Security and Intelligence Service, whom she knows slightly and trusts implicitly. Woven in with the present-day narrative are scenes from 1934 Ukraine, where two sisters are starving in a nightmare childhood. The stories eventually link up, of course, with one final clever twist. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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In the third book of this Scandinavian crime series (after Invisible Murder), Red Cross nurse Nina Borg is once again involved in the lives of Eastern European immigrants living in Denmark. She has been treating an eight-year-old Ukrainian girl at a Red Cross center while the girl's mother, Natasha Doroshenko, is in police custody. Natasha has been arrested for murdering her Danish fiance. After Natasha escapes custody on the way to Copenhagen's police headquarters, her only goal is to be reunited with her daughter. However, someone tries to abduct the child from the center. As Nina investigates the attempted abduction, she realizes she knows very little about Natasha's life in the Ukraine and will discover that the secret may lie far in the past-back to the Stalinist 1930s. On a personal level, Nina, now divorced, is trying to keep her relationship with her own two children while attempting to safeguard the other woman's child. VERDICT While the parallel story line describing family life in 1930s Ukraine at times is disruptive to the main plot, fans of the duo's previous books will not be disappointed. The authors maintain similar tension and mood as in their earlier books, and Nina Borg remains determined to protect those whom others might see as outcasts from society.-Jean King, West Hempstead P.L., NY (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.