Review: Invisible Murder by by Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis

Title: Invisible Murder {Nina Borg #2}

Author: Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis

Published: Soho Crime October 2012

Synopsis: In the ruins of an abandoned Soviet military hospital in northern Hungary, two impoverished Roma boys are scavenging for old supplies or weapons they could sell on the black market when they find more than they ever anticipated. The resulting chain of events threatens to blow the lives of a frightening number of people into bits and pieces.  In this feverishly anticipated follow-up to 2011’s critically acclaimed The Boy in the Suitcase, Danish Red Cross nurse Nina Borg doesn’t realize she is putting life and family on the line when she tries to treat a group of sick Hungarian gypsies who are living illegally in a Copenhagen garage. Nina has unwittingly thrown herself into a deadly nest of the unscrupulous and the desperate, and what is at stake is much more terrifying than anyone had realized. Read an excerpt

Status: Read on October 11, 2012 — I own a copy {Courtesy Soho Crime/Netgalley}

My Thoughts:

Though I didn’t have the opportunity to read The Boy in the Suitcase it received such good press that I couldn’t resist the opportunity to pick up the series sequel, Invisible Murder. Set in Eastern Europe, it features Nina Borg, a nurse who clandestinely supports an underground organisation that provides medical care and assistance to illegal immigrants in Denmark. When Nina is asked to assess a group of sick Roma (Gypsy) children hiding in a derelict mechanic workshop she assumes the nausea and diarrhea are a result of a virus or food poisoning. But the cause is far more sinister, tied to an abandoned Soviet hospital, a desperate Hungarian Roma teenager and a suspected terrorist threat.

I have to admit at around a third of the way into Invisible Murder I was contemplating abandoning it but decided to give it just a little more time. The turning point came not long after, as the established threads of the story began to merge and two hours later I turned the last page, replete. The tension in the last half of the novel had me riveted and I was intrigued by the growing twists and turns. I love that I didn’t work out the the conclusion except in the most general way, the author’s present an unusual yet credible twist.

The action of the plot is balanced neatly by the personal circumstances of the characters. Nina’s altruistic fervour is offset by her difficult relationship with her teenage daughter and the consequences of her activities for her family. Sandor is a young man caught between loyalties whose life is turned upside down by his younger brother Tomas. I was particularly intrigued by Magnus and look forward to perhaps learning more about him in later books.

Invisible Murder is also a social commentary on the treatment of the Roma, the increase in racial intolerance within society and the ever present threat of terrorism that has law agencies straining at their limits. It’s an interesting glimpse into the society of two countries that I am almost wholly unfamiliar with.

Despite the slow start, I really enjoyed Invisible Murder and hope to pick up The Boy in the Suitcase before the third translation of the Danish series is released, which will definitely be on my wishlist.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Margaret Lynette Sharp
    Oct 14, 2012 @ 20:57:22

    Readers will be glad to know that the action picks up as the novel progresses..

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  2. Tea Time with Marce
    Oct 15, 2012 @ 02:25:13

    I read Boy in the Suitcase and it makes you want to know more about Nina so this sounds like a great 2nd in the series. I recommend you go back and read Boy also.

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