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
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This was another chilling, addictive read from a fantastic author!
The story intrigued me from the start with a rather brutal, senseless murder and continued to hold my attention with the gradual revelations that follow. The reader is slowly drip fed information about what happens and the different characters which makes the book almost impossible to put down at times as I found myself wondering what would happen next.
The story is told in two time lines titled simply Now and Then. The ‘Then’ timeline follows the investigation into the murders and what happened after. This is mainly from Evan and DCI Yngne Monk’s point of view which makes for very interesting reading. As the story develops and we find out more about the different characters it seems like everyone has something to hide. I think I suspect everyone at one point as I was unsure who to trust. This helps add to the tension in the book as you are never sure where the next twist will come from. It also means the book is highly addictive as you have to keep reading to discover the answer to all the questions whirling around your head.
The inclusion of social media helps give the book a modern, realistic feel to it which makes for a chilling read as it seems like this story could actually happen. Trial by social media has been a much debated subject and one that has caused a few problems. The author includes tweets and status’s from a variety of social media to help give an impression of what people think of the murders. As the murder investigation continues the sense of unease strengthens which gives the story a sense of unpredictability, as you wonder how everyone is going to react.
I’ve read, and loved, all of this author’s books and in my opinion he keeps getting better and better. I was a bit nervous to read a book that wasn’t part of the fabulous Henning Juuls series but I needn’t have worried as this was a brilliant, slick crime thriller that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Karen from Orenda books for my copy of this book.
About The Author:
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