Book Review: Death of a Nightingale by Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis

About:
Death of a Nightingale by Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis is the third novel in the Nina Borg series. The other two books, The The Boy in the Suitcase and Invisible Murder, were both best sellers.

  • 368 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Crime; First Edition edition
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616953047

Book Review Death of a Nightingale by Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete FriisMy rating for Death of a Nightingale4

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Thoughts:
Death of a Nightingale by Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis follows the adventures of Nina Borg, a nurse at a refugee camp located in Denmark. The story follows two timelines, one current and the other in 1930’s Ukraine who are under the thumb (or heel) of “Uncle” Stalin.

Frankly, I found the latter story much more interesting.  The authors tell the tale from the point of view of a little girl who doesn’t know life in no other way. In a Grimm-like fashion she witnesses her family being torn apart and everyone is on the brink of starvation. The Soviet machinery is brutal and unforgiving on one side, and on the other her teenage sister has been marked (justifiably) as a government tool which ostracizes her friends.

The book brings forth a side of modern Europe which is rarely seen, that of poverty, hatred and desperation. However, the novel never lectures the reader and tells the story through and through.

While I found the novel a bit convoluted at times, I did enjoy it and thought the Ukrainian chapters were fascinating and terrifying.  Even though this is my first Nina Borg novel, I certainly intend on picking up more of the books in the series to find out about this complex and interesting woman.

Synopsis:
Natasha Doroshenko, a Ukrainian woman who is wanted for the attempted murder of her Danish fiancée escapes police custody. On that night the police finds the body of her ex-fiancée, a divisive journalist, after he has been tortured.

Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, knows Natasha from her work at the refugee camp and has been following her case for some time. Nina cannot see how someone like Natasha was able to kill so brutally and tries to help her.

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