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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (797 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anders Roslund, Börge Hellström Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ewert Grens Series Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9781455827404
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Three years ago, Lydia and Alena were two hopeful girls from Lithuania. Now they are sex slaves, lured to Sweden with the promise of better jobs and then trapped in a Stockholm brothel. Suddenly they are given an unexpected chance at freedom and with it the opportunity to take revenge on their enslavers and reclaim the lives and dignity they once had. What will happen now that the tables are turned and the victims fight back? Box 21 is a mind-blowing psychological thriller of the highest order.

“Superb...Roslund and Hellström play out the tale in taut, short scenes, meting out revelations and shocks in sure, knowing fashion, ending with the shock that all but undoes the rest.... Box 21 is profound.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

“This dark, explicit novel is another impressive crime thriller from Scandinavia.... A good read.” —Arizona Republic

“Gripping...the story takes a number of surprising twists and turns.” —The Washington Post Book World

“This excellent crime thriller is bound to please fans of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Henning Mankell’s Kurt Wallander series.” —Library Journal

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristi | 2/7/2014

    " Meh. While I enjoyed the author's spare but descriptive writing style, similar to other Scandinavian fiction and one thing I like about the books I've read from there so far, overall this book was not that enjoyable to me. Perhaps after reading the first two "Girl" books I'm just done with the portrayal of Sweden as a country with a sex slave in every basement. I forced myself to finish the book. Even the twists near the end were sort of a yawner. Moving on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johnna Balk | 2/6/2014

    " Similar to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series, but I did like it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridget | 1/25/2014

    " This is one of the best thrillers I have read in a really long time. I liked everything about it, the writing style, the characters, everything was perfect. This would be the perfect gift for the reader in your life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 1/20/2014

    " I liked this book, though it got a bit slow as it went on. And the big "aha!" at the end wasn't much of a revelation, as I had figured it out. Overall, good, but pacing was off near the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toggedout | 1/20/2014

    " This was a pretty decent, quick read. I really liked the girl, Lydia, but came to detest all of the police officers for their self-serving and morally ambiguous characters. As far as thrillers go, though, it was well written, minus some of the preachy "woe is me my soul is in anguish" passages. I would definitely recommend this to someone who likes to sit in imperious judgement regarding the flaws of fictional characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 11/11/2013

    " Weird! This book is actually called Box 21 in English. Excellent story tellers - weaving multiple stories together. Good characters. Disturbing story lines. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 10/29/2013

    " very good read i have read a few of his books now and really look forward to catching up with the rest of his stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 9/21/2013

    " Bleak, joyless with contrived plot twists. Not a sympathetic character between the covers. I certainly don't expect crime novels to be laugh-fests; but I do hope for some redemption for someone at some point. If you share that hope look elsewhere. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 8/14/2013

    " this book was good:)) very different "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emily | 7/3/2013

    " it was dull with a rather bad plotline. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peter | 4/23/2013

    " Second half was a come down with no consequence after the caffeinated beginning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/15/2013

    " Wow not what I expected.....whew "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric | 10/30/2012

    " Just OK. Still better than any of the "Girl Who..." books. Possibly underrecognized because instead of Michale and Lisbeth, there are characters named Ewert and Bengt. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hans | 10/21/2012

    " I wanted to like this book, but it was just too heavy-handed and predictable. The social issue though is shocking, disturbing, and very sad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 8/17/2012

    " Fast-moving plot with some good twists and turns. Set in Sweden with sub plots involving Eastern European sex slaves and corrupt policemen, iWould like to see more by these authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheri | 8/11/2012

    " Absolutely spooky and a terrific surprise last page--really well constructed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 NOLAgirl | 7/23/2012

    " Some good ideas, but the plot is weak. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamar | 7/8/2012

    " So so bleak, I couldn't put it down because I wanted to see something good happen. And it didn't and I think this is fair. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sonja | 7/7/2012

    " meh. the translation was weird. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 5/29/2012

    " Intense, gripping, and horrifying all rolled into one incredible book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 4/4/2012

    " Dark and violent but did remind me of Dragon Tattoo; so I must admit I couldn't put it down. Not for everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat Bernhoft | 4/3/2012

    " You can't EVER miss the last page of Roslund's novels! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Slb | 11/2/2011

    " I liked the writing but some of the plot elements were a little too contrived. The twist at end the end was good, although not a huge surprise. I was disapointed that the detectives never found the "truth". "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emily | 10/13/2011

    " it was dull with a rather bad plotline. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric | 9/12/2011

    " Just OK. Still better than any of the "Girl Who..." books. Possibly underrecognized because instead of Michale and Lisbeth, there are characters named Ewert and Bengt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 8/22/2011

    " Not the greatest example of the Scandinavian crime genre, but still an engaging read. If you're going to read something by this team, though, choose 3 Seconds over this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beverly | 7/30/2011

    " Enjoyed this book but hated the decisions that were made at the end. I felt that the truth should have come out. Now things will continue as usual. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series: Three Seconds. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 7/25/2011

    " With 10 pages to go, I was disappointed with the way the ending was going. It all turned around on the last page, although it was something I had already considered. Don't read the last page early; it's a spoiler.
    A taut and nuanced tale of modern-day slavery, loss, addiction and revenge. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rheba | 7/19/2011

    " It was pretty interesting. I guessed what the big secret was, so that was disappointing. I'm not sure I'll read the rest of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 7/11/2011

    " Fast-moving plot with some good twists and turns. Set in Sweden with sub plots involving Eastern European sex slaves and corrupt policemen, iWould like to see more by these authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abbi | 7/3/2011

    " Though I love pretty much all Swedish mystery/thriller books, this one just wasn't as good as others I've read. That being said, it was a quick read and the characters were interesting and adequately flawed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mgganeles | 7/3/2011

    " This is a well written disturbing yet very exciting tale/thriller about human trafficking. Finished it in one day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Antonettes | 6/19/2011

    " Wow. I thought the book was OK but the last couple of sentences made the whole story turn around to a great book. What a surprise! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karin | 6/18/2011

    " Okay, a little bit of thought goes into book.
    "

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About the Author
Author Anders Roslund

Anders Roslund, author of the Ewert Grens series, is the founder and former head of Kulturnyheterna (Culture News) on Swedish Television. 

About the Narrator

Christopher Lane is an award-winning actor, director, and narrator. He is a three-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration and recipient of ten AudioFile Earphones Awards.