Borderline, Paperback Book
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A mother found. A father lost. In the midst of a Swedish winter, a young mother is found murdered behind her son's nursery.

Halfway across the world, in the sweltering Kenyan heat, a government official is kidnapped. As a journalist, Annika Bengtzon is often on the frontline, witness to the darkness humans are capable of.

But this time it's different. It's personal. The official held to ransom is her husband and she must meet the extreme demands of his kidnappers if she is to bring him home. And what of the Swedish mother slain in the snow? Until her killer is found, no one is safe...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780552161978

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Journalist Annika Bengtzon’s husband, Thomas, is an EU delegate to Kenya to advise on strengthening the borders but also, Annika suspects, to continue an affair with one of the female delegates. Annika was in the process of investigating a recent murder of a young woman when her world is turned upside down by the news that the delegation has been kidnapped near the Somali border. While Thomas’ boss, Jimmy Halenius, assists with the ransom negotiations, Annika struggles to put together the money while explaining what has happened to her children. Unfortunately, neither her family nor her best friend are willing to help and she must seek aid from other unlikely sources.Along with a realistic depiction of the ransom negotiations, the narrative switches between Thomas in Kenya giving a raw and brutal description of the treatment of the captors and Stockholm where it looks like that first murder may just be one of several which has led the police and the media to suspect a serial killer although Annika is convinced they are all the result of domestic violence. Borderline by Liza Markland and translated by Neil Smith is an intense and, at times, terrifying thriller perhaps because so much especially about the treatment of the captors is so believable. Markland’s strong descriptions make the reader feel viscerally Thomas’ sense of fear and Annika’ sense of helplessness giving the narrative a real sense of immediacy and tension. More, she makes the reader feel invested in the outcome for the captors as well as for Annika. Borderline is a truly addicting tale and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat from beginning to end.

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