#BlogTour #BookReview Inborn by Thomas Enger
My Rating: 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩
Publisher: Orenda Books
Available: 7 February 2019
Genre: Crime / Thriller
A huge thankyou to Anne Cater of #RandomThingsTours, Karen of OrendaBooks and the author Thomas Enger for my copy of Inborn, I LOVED this book so so much, I have actually reread it already 🙊🙊 I cant wait to share my thoughts!
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?.
People say that every so often you come across a true Gem of a book, and I think in this case I can take this in two ways. First, I think at this point it is safe to say that OrendaBooks certainly know how to pick a Gem, because they seem to be mining them! And secondly, if Gems are hard to find, then this is a diamond that outshines others.
When I started this book, I was captured by the authors style instantly, and I was more than shocked by the opening scenes. No calm, meandering path into a twisting and turning tale, no. Instead, we are dropped over the ledge into a sea that never slows down.
This was so much FUN to get stuck into that a few times, I very nearly shushed my hairdresser. I could have ended up BALD!! And yet, I can’t be sure I would have minded because I just needed to keep reading! No interruptions accepted. I needed to know what was going to happen.
The tension in the court room while the story is unfolded was astounding, I could almost feel the tension from the Characters, the stress and worry of those around them. It was as if I were on the Jury listening to every word and looking for hints, I was in the Audience waiting impatient for a verdict, sat on the witness stand tense and worried about my answers.
I could feel the tension from every single person, and it had me desperate to see where the story would go, whilst at the same time happily devouring every single word.
I loved the fact that the chapters are short, this is a favourite tool within the Thriller and Crime Genres for me as it keeps you engaged, and each chapter is powerful. I love it, and somehow that short chapters make me read even faster, because I know that in the next few pages, SOMETHING is going to happen to make me once again suspect someone else.
I think I probably suspected everyone at some point in this story, the clues are cleverly done to keep you on the edge or your seat, desperately trying to guess before the Author lets you in on the truth. I didn’t. No matter how hard I tried, I did NOT outguess this Author, and I Love that!
This is another book that alternates between then and now, and I found that in this case it was powerfully done, a very clever way to maintain the tension, build it higher with each situation. Then is the night of the crime, each time giving us a new hint, a new little insight, with the Now being the court room.
The only possible quibble I could have with this story, is not with the author, with the book or story itself, but rather that my brain drove me crazy (oh the irony in the statement…) because no matter how I tried I couldn’t get my head to keep the name pronunciation at the front!! Note to self, PRACTICE makes perfect!!
This could easily be a favourite of 2019 for me, and we’re only into February! I can’t wait to see what else this Author writes!
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 co- written a thriller with Jørn Lier Horst. Enger also composes music, and he lives in Oslo.