Monday, February 8, 2016
The Considerate Killer by Lene Kaaberbol (#4)
This is the 4th and final installment of the Nina Borg series set in Denmark.
3.0 out of 5 stars -- Fitting conclusion to a very enjoyable series of 4 books featuring Red Cross nurse Nina Borg. I would definitely recommend that any reader start with the first, THE BOY IN THE SUITCASE, my favorite, as Nina is a very complex character whose motivations and drive provide the rationale for how she ends up in some of her predicaments.
Although Nina is Danish, her adventures and escapades take her to various other far-flung destinations. She has a difficult time with relationships, given her history, and she can be quite stubborn and single-minded. She's emotionally and physically tough, and those traits serve her well.
When she is assaulted while out grocery shopping and comes to consciousness with a skull fracture in a local hospital, she has no clue of who might have wanted to harm her, or why. For this time, she has not run off to a dangerous situation but was simply "being there" in Viborg after her mother was diagnosed with cancer. From there, the narrative goes back in time to set up the story to explain the reasons for the attack and how Nina innocently got involved in a calamity in the Philippines 4 years previously that has led to someone wanting her silenced. It takes quite a long time for the set up.
Except for the fact that Nina does the almost impossible and manages to escape death yet again -- the story was complex and even a bit far-fetched -- but I enjoyed the pace and the personal growth that Nina experiences. This was not a medically oriented thriller despite Nina being a nurse, though her occupation is generally what gets her into the situations.
I've liked all the books in the series and will miss Nina -- with hope that she is finally happy and at peace with herself and her life!
Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher, Soho Crime, for the e-book ARC to review.