Publication: 7th March 2019 – Orenda Books
When the high school in the small Norwegian village of Fredheim becomes a murder scene, the finger is soon pointed at seventeen-year-old Even. As the investigation closes in, social media is ablaze with accusations, rumours and even threats, and Even finds himself the subject of an online trial as well as
being in the dock … for murder?
Even pores over his memories of the months leading up to the crime, and it
becomes clear that more than one villager was acting suspiciously … and
secrets are simmering beneath the calm surface of this close-knit community.
As events from the past play tag with the present, he’s forced to question
everything he thought he knew. Was the death of his father in a car crash a decade earlier really accidental? Has his relationship stirred up something that someone is prepared to kill to protect?
It seems that there may be no one that Even can trust. But can we trust him?
A taut, moving and chilling thriller, Inborn examines the very nature of evil, and asks the questions: How well do we really know our families? How well do we know ourselves?
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Thomas Enger’s gripping and twisty new novel. I’d like to thank Anne Cater and Orenda Books for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and for giving me the chance to read a story that kept me completely captivated for two straight days and that I found very difficult to put down.
The author takes us in a small Norwegian town where a double murder has shocked the entire population. Inside the local school, the bodies of two students, Mari and Johannes, have been found. They were clearly murdered and the first suspect is Even, Mari’s ex-boyfriend. He doesn’t have an alibi for the night of the murders and, while the police investigate him, Even starts to investigate on his own, trying to figure out who wanted Mari dead, why she broke up with him a few days before she was murdered, why she was investigating the car accident that had killed his father, and why everyone around him seems to be hiding something.
I loved how the author switches the narration back and forth between the present and the past, between Even’s testimony during the trial (which turns the novel into a courtroom drama) and the actual murder investigation. With short chapters, many cliffhangers, and unexpected twists, Thomas Enger knows how to keep the readers completely engrossed in the novel and on the edge of their seats.
The characters are multi-layered and interesting. I really liked the character of Even. I felt for him as he dealt with the loss of his girlfriend, a difficult family situation, social media bullying, and being the suspect of a murder investigation. His confusion, his fear, his grief, the dark moments he goes through are described so well and in detail that it often makes for an emotional read. I also loved the character of Yngve Mork, a smart and meticulous detective who is dealing with his own loss and grief.
If, like me, you are new to Thomas Enger’s novels, then I think INBORN is a really good story to start. There is never a dull moment, the twists are many, and the tension is always high. Also, you will find excellent writing, a gripping plot, and intriguing characters. INBORN is a superb, chilling, and immersive novel and I was completely hooked!!!
Thomas Enger is a former journalist. He made his debut with the crime novel
Burned in 2010, which became an international sensation before publication,
and marked the first in the bestselling Henning Juul series. Rights to the series
have been sold to 28 countries to date. In 2013 Enger published his first book
for young adults, a dark fantasy thriller called The Evil Legacy, for which he
won the U-prize (best book Young Adult). Killer Instinct, upon which Inborn is
based, and another Young Adult suspense novel, was published in Norway in
2017 and won the same prestigious prize. Most recently, Thomas has cowritten a thriller with Jørn Lier Horst. Enger also composes music, and he lives in Oslo.