Death of a Nightingale

Death of a Nightingale

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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 fiancé. 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. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews

Released by Soho Crime on Tuesday, November 05, 2013

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