5 / 5 Stars
A 5 star young adult/crossover... Scandi Noir fans will love this book !
I love crime books. I have three favourite crime genres: vintage, psychological and Scandi. This book firmly ticks the final genre.
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
Set in the aftermath of two murders in a school in Norway, the story is told from the perspective of Even, who is a young adult and under suspicion for the murders. Also Yvgve, a police officer in his 60s and grieving for his wife who has recently died.
I enjoyed this book a great deal. It was gripping from the start and I was sure I knew who the murderer was at least 3 times to be proven totally wrong. I enjoyed the inter generational element of the book with Even and Yvgne and how the story is retold in the present by Even referring back to the events that happened. A engrossing twisty Scandi Noir that all fans of this genre will be sure to love.
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
I was gifted this book by @orendabooks in return for a fair and honest review. Thank you to Anne Cater for the opportunity to take part in the blog tour.