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Inborn

Published Date: 17th July 2018

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Description

When a teenager is accused of a high-school murder, he finds himself subject to trial by social media … and in the dock. A taut, moving and chilling thriller by one of Nordic Noir’s finest writers.

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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?

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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?

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It seems that there may be no one that Even can trust.

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But can we trust him?

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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?.

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‘Satisfyingly tense and dark … a deep and complex book’ Sunday Times Crime Club

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‘A gripping narrative that begs comparison to Stieg Larsson’ Bookpage

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‘One of the most unusual and intense writers in the field’ Independent

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‘An intriguing new voice in crime’ NJ Cooper

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‘Spine-chilling and utterly unputdownable. Thomas Enger has created a masterpiece of intrigue, fast-paced action and suspense that is destined to become Nordic Noir classic’ Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

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‘A pithy, twisty, challenging tale with a cracking concept … The prologue is two pages of chilling intrigue, allowing a glimpse of hope and possibility before it’s cut down. The chapters flick backwards and forwards in time, with ‘now’ set in court, and ‘then’ slipping inevitably forwards from the violence of the prologue through to the court date. Little spiky hooks of bait made my thoughts toss and turn. I questioned everyone, joined the towns people in their doubt, felt the pain, suspicion, uncertainty. The ending caught in my throat, piercing, then shattering my crime-sleuthing thoughts. Inborn is so very readable, it also provoked and sliced at my feelings, made me stop, made me think, it really is very clever indeed’ LoveReading

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‘Fans of the Henning Juul series will be aware of just how good a writer Thomas Enger is, his novels are intelligent and emotionally aware and Inborn is no exception … The chapters in Inborn are short and sharp, it keeps both strands of the story moving at a cracking pace … I would thoroughly recommend Inborn as an exciting and thought-provoking novel’ New Books Magazine

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‘In his latest thriller author Thomas Enger asks, what turns a boy into a killer? Accused of murdering his ex, 17-year-old Even has suspicions of his own. It’s out on Thursday, price £8.99’ Inborn is selected as a MUST HAVE in the first look section of the Sunday Express S Magazine

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‘The new standalone Nordic Noir thriller from Thomas Enger questions the nature of evil as two teenagers are murdered at their high school in the small Norwegian village of Fredheim. Seventeen-year-old Even, the boyfriend of one of the victims, is the prime suspect, and he soon finds himself on trial – both in real life and on social media. With the past and present mingling, Even revisits his memories of the events leading up to the crime, as it becomes clear that more than one member of the close-knit community is hiding secrets. Based on and updated from Enger’s Norwegian YA thriller, Killerinstinkt, Inborn is a small-town murder mystery and courtroom drama with multi-faceted characters and compelling twists that will keep you guessing until the very end’ Culture Fly

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‘Structurally, INBORNis an absolute delight: Enger practically ensures that his readers will keep turning pages with his story’s masterful alternate timeline … Interwoven throughout the “present” thread, readers are taken back in time to experience firsthand the events that precipitated the crime central to our story … For such a slim book, INBORNpacks an emotional punch; as per usual with Enger’s books, this story and its characters got under my skin a very real way. INBORNis distinctly different in tone and content from Enger’s Henning Juul series, and though the Henning books may always be my personal favorite of Enger’s work, INBORNthoroughly impressed me with its clever plotting and thought-provoking premise. Another feather in Thomas Enger’s cap’

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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.

Translator

KARI DICKSON read Scandinavian Studies at UCL and then went on to work in various theatres. While working in the theatre, she was asked to do literal translations of two Ibsen plays, which fuelled her interest and led to an MA in Translation at the University of Surrey.  Having worked initially as a commercial translator, she now concentrates on literary translation, a good deal of which is crime fiction. Her translation of Roslund & Hellström’s Three Seconds won the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) International Dagger in 2011. She is also an occasional tutor in Norwegian language and literature, and translation  at the University of Edinburgh.

Online Reviews

‘A pithy, twisty, challenging tale with a cracking concept … The prologue is two pages of chilling intrigue, allowing a glimpse of hope and possibility before it’s cut down. The chapters flick backwards and forwards in time, with ‘now’ set in court, and ‘then’ slipping inevitably forwards from the violence of the prologue through to the court date. Little spiky hooks of bait made my thoughts toss and turn. I questioned everyone, joined the towns people in their doubt, felt the pain, suspicion, uncertainty. The ending caught in my throat, piercing, then shattering my crime-sleuthing thoughts. ‘Inborn’ is so very readable, it also provoked and sliced at my feelings, made me stop, made me think, it really is very clever indeed’ LoveReading

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‘This has to be one of the finest crime fiction books I’ve ever read … Brilliantly plotted with interesting characters and seamless transitions between the timeline of events. The writing is clear, concise and fluid. No meandering about, just the facts that are slowly presented to us bit by nerve-wracking bit. I couldn’t leave it alone. The book was absolutely transfixing and it will be one of my outstanding books of the year! A special nod to the translator Kari Dickson and Karen Sullivan from OrendaBooks for spotting the possibilities of this book both as a YA work of fiction and in another version for adults’ Mrs Bloggs Books

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‘Well…that was a pleasant surprise! After coming out of my Henning Juul book hangover, I was more than keen beans to read INBORN. I was ready to fully invest myself in Thomas’ writing and how he masters building a character base. INBORN is a fast paced courtroom drama, with plenty of twists and turns throughout. Short, choppy chapters keep the pace of the book moving quickly … I can see this easily being turned into an online series. One which I would happily sit and binge in an afternoon! There is enough with each character to have you wanting more and I finished this book very much with more questions than I had answers to. This is a great book for younger readers who love their crime fiction, or for those looking for a book to get them started! I’ll certainly be recommending this book to my friends who have children! I cannot wait to read what’s next for Thomas!’ The P Turners Book Blog

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‘I really enjoyed this book with its tight, sparse prose and clever narrative structure … I love a book which flips between time lines and it is used to great effect in Inborn with the story slowing unfurling allowing me to be drawn deeply in … This is some seriously beautiful writing … A small town reeling after murders, families on the brink, a detective grieving for his wife, a myriad of suspects; this book has everything. It is a multi-layered crime novel with lots of heart and I really enjoyed it. Oh, and there’s a lovely little big up to Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski too which made me smile. Great stuff’ Beverley Has Read

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‘This is one of those classic crime books where everyone at some point is a suspect. I hugely enjoyed reading along and trying to piece together the clues to see if I could work out who had killed Even’s friends and why. The motive for why these killings took place was probably the most frustrating part as I just couldn’t for the life of me work out why anyone would wish these teenagers harm. Towards the end when everything starts to come together there’s twist upon twist. Just when I finally thought I knew who did it and why the author threw another twist in the mix and turned everything on it’s head. I was completely racing through the pages towards the end and this for me is one of those books that if time permitted I could very easily have sat and read it in one sitting. I would thoroughly recommend this book and I enjoyed it immensely’ Bucks Books Beyond

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‘I read Inborn in one sitting- utterly compelling as a double murder at a high school sets a local community off on a witch hunt. The murdered girl’s ex boyfriend Evan is thrown into the spotlight, but can we trust him?  I do love how Thomas Enger writes- immediately immersive with a brilliant sense of place and ever intriguing characters. In this case a twisty page turner of the highest order as old sins cast long shadows.. Often unexpected and always fascinating Inborn is a pure joy to read. Don’t miss it!  Highly Recommended’ Liz Loves Books

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‘The storyline created the perfect type of intensity that I would expect from a well rounded crime read, the development of characters are always essential to a reader and Thomas throws us tit bits of their family life, relationships etc. so we are able to visualise them in our minds eye quite vividly. I think that Inborn has the ability to be created into a multi – episode drama on the television, it’s THAT GOOD! The unexpected curveballs that you’re thrown throughout the read will leave you shaken from literary whiplash. I couldn’t quite believe them, they just came out of nowhere and smashed you in the face! … It will not disappoint you and you’ll be left reeling from the secrets and lies that are revealed!’ The Reading Closet

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‘In ‘Inborn’, Thomas Enger has created an intelligent, suspense driven narrative that delves deep into the effect of careless words typed hastily in response to a horrific tragedy, presents unreliable characters and drives home a sharply defined thriller. Anyone who might disregard a book simply because of its Y.A classifiction does both themselves and the book a disservice. Because in my humble opinion, a great story told is purely that and people could try not to limit themselves by being reductive in this manner. It is an intelligent, well written book that I would have absolutely loved to have read as a teen! ‘Inborn’ is a magnifying glass to the behaviour of those in small towns or villages illuminated by the magnifying glass of social media wherein old values and new collide in the court of both law and public opinion. A truly first class read!’ Rachel Read It

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‘As well as leading the investigation into the murders, detective Yngve Mork is also dealing with his own personal grief following the recent death of his beloved wife.  His chapters were particularly poignant filled with raw emotion with the quotes that appear to him as if she is there by his side offering him her support and guidance showing that even though our loved ones are no longer with us physically they are always around.  The short chapter format worked really well to enable the pacing of the story to flow naturally, and the dual ‘Then’ and ‘Now’ timeline enabled us to follow events that played a part and discover deeply hidden secrets as they are revealed that allows us to understand what actually happened on that fateful night and in the days that followed’ Shazs Book Blog

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‘I found this novel well written and a complex tale, as far more than a murderer is sought by clearly imagined police officers. The motives of many emerge as the characters are described, and there is a much careful description which can tend to slow the pace a little, making this a careful rather than fast paced novel. It is an intriguing picture of a village which has similarities with villages anywhere, and the fact that it is set in Norway does not prevent recognising the way that news spreads and pressures on individuals are felt. Secrets, suspicions and the sense of loss dominate this novel, which swings between chilling tension and pictures of people who are struggling. It is atmospheric and challenging and is far from predictable. It is an immersive read’ Northern Reader

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‘I know that some readers have mixed feelings regarding courtroom scenes. I have no such qualms. I absolutely love courtroom drama. Inborn would not have been as great without this element. The story is told with alternating story lines, one in the courtroom with Even testifying and the other tells the story of the events after the murders leading up to the trial. For me the courtroom is where the mystery really takes place. Readers may think they know what is going on during these scenes, ( I did ) but I caution readers to assume nothing … Although Inborn was a lighter read when compared to Enger’s previous books, I found myself completely engrossed with the characters and the plot. I have realized that I really love books which pose questions ; books that make me think about what I would do in a difficult situation. These are the books which stick with me the longest. Inborn is such a book’ Murder and Moore

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‘Enger “shows not tells” us what teenagers are living through and he has a lot to show us about fractured modern families, posing questions about how kids learn which adults to trust as they make their own transition to adulthood- a useful device in a novel where we are learning who we can trust and who we cannot. The format is such that we jump nimbly from present to past, and the author even helps acclimatise the reader by titling chapters with “Now” and “Then” so that you pretty quickly get used to the timeframe shifts … Overall a well-paced plot with a gaggle of authentic characters, a couple of likable kids who restores your faith in the teenager. Its an easy read- the pages turn as easy as a scrolling screen as you race to find out who was where, who is lying and why that could possibly be’ Bookety Book Book Blog

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Inborn is full of beautiful and intriguing narrative which draws you right into the story and indeed into the small town as Thomas Enger paints it and its inhabitants into reality right in front of your eyes. Twists and turns plenty it meant that Right up until the very last minute I was guessing and second guessing myself. This will have your brain in a whirl. Don’t miss it!’ Chapter in my Life

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‘Thomas Enger is one of those authors who just gets me excited but I can never quite pin down why. There’s something about his style of writing (captivating), something about the way he creates multi-layered and believable characters , and the compelling atmosphere he comes up with time and time again that has me utterly absorbed and desperately wanting more. I knew from the minute I read the first page that I was in for another treat. So yes, this is without a doubt another brilliantly written, suspenseful and hugely addictive page-turner! Slightly high expectations effortlessly met and even exceeded and I do really, really want more!’ Novel Deelights

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‘I found this book to be a bit of a slow burner after the initial shocking chapter, but it kept going and giving and twisting and questioning. I loved so much about it including the way that the author weaves two timelines into the story was brilliant, they fit together perfectly and I loved how it worked. The story was clever, there were many twists and so many times I thought that I’d worked it out, but of course I hadn’t … Some of these translated books are easier to read than others, but this one I found very easy to read so if you are new to Nordic Noir then I think that Inborn is a great place to start. I’m not going to give any spoilers about the book and the story, but it is such a clever book and I loved reading it and finding out how it all came together. You’re in for a real treat!’ If Only I Could Read Faster

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‘Enger makes us look at each character as a potential suspect, giving us a reason for suspicion and then cleverly moving us away until our heads are reeling with the misdirection. As each character comes under the spotlight the reader will question what they know and look back again, questioning, at the testimony they have heard. At the end, when we know the story, it is both heart breaking and surprising. I loved this book for its empathy, its intelligence and its capacity to move and engage my emotions’ Live and Deadly

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‘This book was pretty well perfect for me. A brilliant blend of great characters, compelling story-telling, tension, mystery and murder. It had the heart of a young adult novel, set against a background of police investigation and courtroom drama. This is a story which challenges the ideas of friendship, family, and loyalty, riddled with deep rooted secrets and laced with betrayal and a myriad of lies. It had me gripped from the off and didn’t let me go until the very last page. I loved it’ Jen Meds Book Reviews

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‘It’s a complex web of intrigue and family secrets … I really enjoyed the combo of genres, and the plot itself speaks to the increase in violence and inclination to commit heinous acts in fits of rage. Feelings of anger and rage propel otherwise seemingly innocent people towards the brink of destruction. The lack of impulse control seems to be the plague of the 21st century in regards to young people, perhaps even people in general. It’s a unstable structure of lies and misconceptions that moves subtly with the surreptitious nature of the usually controlled emotional beast, which lays dormant within us all. The key to awakening it is different for each one of us. It’s an engrossing and layered crime that invites the reader in for a criminal illusionists game of sleight of hand’ Cheryll MM Book Blog

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‘This book has short chapters (which I also love) and strong characters, who all seem a bit shifty to be honest and who throw into question the integrity of not only themselves but others around them so I ended up questioning everything that was going on and everyone involved! Most definitely the perfect combination for an additive read that I couldn’t read quick enough. The way in which Enger unpeels the various layers to this book is amazing, drawing the reader further and further in. Inborn is simply a brilliantly multi-layered, intriguing and gripping book… a five-star read! Highly recommended’ Have Books Will Read

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Inborn is incredibly well-written with lots of conversation, but well paired with the right amount of descriptions so you can still envision everything … Orenda have done it again… the story itself was amazing; very clever and a little bit sinister. Crafted with skill to keep the pages turning, this book deserves a place on every crime lover’s shelf’ Bookmark That

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‘This was unlike any other book I had read so far. Because it was written in such a way that it kept me tied to the story till the end. One thing I found interesting was the new locale and the culture and the names. Almost all of them were exotic to me. This really underscored the fact that I don’t usually read international books. I really need to expand my horizon … Intriguing crime, twisted plot, murky reasons all come together to give a  brilliantly captivating read. I have no more words other than to say that I am looking forward to reading the author’s other books ASAP’ The Book Drealms

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‘The story is both moving and cathartic, revealing of a time and place where people should have spoken to each other, secrets should have been revealed, before things came to where they did … Dickson’s translation serves the story well, keeping a slight – a very slight – air of foreignness, so that the reader is aware this a story about another society, another place while still rendering events with clarity and conveying the pacing of the story very well. I think writer and translator are well matched. Overall an intelligent, tense, touching and gripping story, holding interest throughout, and a genuinely different read’ Blue Book Balloon

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Inborn is an engaging, intelligent literary thriller but it’s so much more than that; it’s also a moving, intricate and introspective character study of a small town in turmoil. There’s almost a cinematic sense to Inborn with Even’s account in the dock providing a window to peer through to create an intimate, truly immersive reading experience  There are certain authors whose writing resonates with me, Thomas Enger is one of them and Inborn is everything I love about his books – I cannot recommend it highly enough’ Hair Past A Freckle

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Inborn opens with a brutal murder so immediately my interest was piqued! This is both a courtroom drama and a murder mystery in a small town with a bit of a YA edge to it and I loved it! … As the story unfolds and more secrets are uncovered we start to rule out suspects and the pool thins but I still didn’t manage to pin it down which was excellent. Just when you think it’s all over some more secrets are revealed … An unputdownable highly engaging read, I’m really glad I read it as it was very well done’ Not another Book Blogger

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An excerpt of Inborn is posted as part of the blog tour at ZooLoo’s Book Diary

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‘I love the ‘then/now’ narrative in the book, separating the chapters breathlessly – it works so well to get to know the characters on a more personal level, understand their past and any mitigating circumstances, verbal clues to spot -it leaves you wanting more, turning the page going ‘but what happens next!! … I am not saying anything else about the storyline, as it’s twisty, complex and totally compelling, and very difficult to say anything without dropping spoilers… but I will definitely be searching out more Enger titles. It’s tense, in places grim (you feel the punches raining down on the ill-fated teenager) but totally enthralling, and for fans of Larsson, Nesbo et al., you can’t go wrong putting Enger into your ‘to be read’ list on Goodreads … 5 stars from me. It’s a clever, dark, and surprising read’ The Big Fat Book Worm

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‘This book was addictive!!!!! … ‘Inborn’ is a strong case of mistaken identity in the sense that even individual characters were left questioning themselves, even though they knew the truth. But did they really? The fact that I was left questioning every little detail in the book was strong proof that Thomas Enger is incredible at keeping his readers on their toes. I could not believe just how complex each scenario in the storyline was written, whilst also being woven into various other situations seamlessly and flawlessly … I thought this book was so very clever and I loved every single minute of it. From psychologically damaging relationships to uncertain answers, and from complex thoughts to twisted judgements, ‘Inborn’ is one of the most psychologically twisted books I have read so far this year.Utterly, utterly brilliant – I urge you all to grab yourselves a copy to be put under Thomas Enger’s spell. Looooooved it!!’ The Writing Garnet

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Inborn is a tale packed full of secrets and lies, Even may well be a link between the victims but is he responsible for their deaths? I really enjoyed the clever way that Enger wove the two time frames seamlessly together and I almost felt like I was a juror in the courtroom. I also enjoyed the short chapters, usually ending with a gripping hook that just compelled me to read ‘just one more chapter’ which meant that I raced through this book in next to no time. Although Inborn was originally written as a crime novel for the young adult audience, it has been re-written for the older market and I think that it works fabulously … If you’re a fan of crime, courtroom drama and murder mystery then I would highly recommend you get yourself a copy’ The Haphazardous Hippo

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‘An atmospheric and often dark setting, Inborn is the sort of book that really has that something extra, that something you can’t quite put your finger on but it works so well. The characters in this are multidimensional and whilst not always likeable, there is no denying there is a certain magnetism that emanates from them. It is impossible to read this without feeling some form of pull, needing to know more about their pasts, to know what drives them. The style of narration, hearing the voice of Even as he tries to make sense of events past and present, keeps readers on the edge of their seats … This all culminates in a truly thought provoking read that poses many questions to the reader, asking them what they believe, who they believe and how inexplicably connected the lives of the villagers are’ The Quiet Knitter

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‘This is my first book by Norwegian author Thomas Enger and I can guarantee it won’t be my last.  Inborn is, in my opinion, a fascinating and gritty courtroom thriller which grabbed my attention from page one … There are so many moments when the reader thinks they have worked out the why’s, where’s and when’s and then the author springs a smooth little twist into the plot and everything is turned upside down and back to front … A spectacular Nordic Noir story which should appeal to readers of all ages who love legal and crime thrillers’

Compulsive Readers 

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‘From the very first page there was no let up in the pace as Enger placed Even right at the centre of everything. You could feel the tense pressure he was under, yet somehow apart from the odd blip there was a calmness and maturity about him, an inherent need to prove his innocence and unearth the real killer … It was not quite the ending I expected, but surely that is what you want from a very good crime/thriller. Inborn was writing at its best, it’s pace unrelenting, it’s characters interesting and compelling and just a fantastic read’

My Bookish Blogspot

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‘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’

The Bookscoop

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‘Thomas Engers’ writing is always so satisfying. This crossover from the Young Adult genre is so well balanced. You follow the narrative both through events in the past and the present day courtroom trial where you gradually unravel the mystery, through the eyes of the teenager, Even, and the detective, Yngve, who is nearing the end of his career. Yngve is coming to terms with the loss of his wife. The contrast between these two gives the story added depth … Ichanged my mind several times as to who the murderer was and found the final pages to be quite compelling. You are on the edge of your seats as to which way some of the characters will go as they have real choices to make between the truth and more lies. I particularly loved how enticing the path of cover up was made to seem and how the characters were forced to make real choices … Another Nordic noir classic from Orenda’ Books Life and Everything

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‘Thomas Enger respects the intelligence of his readers and celebrates the power of his characters to deliver a story without the need to endless amounts of added drama. Drama is good, I love all types of thrillers, but in allowing character o be paramount, it gave the story added power to thrill. Full of outstanding characters, the writing is sublime. You simply don’t feel time passing and I knew that wherever the story went, it was worth the journey. Once again a top class thriller from a writer and publisher who always seek to give readers books that challenges them. It was without doubt a tour de force in why you should always trust your publisher and your wife’ Books are my Cwtches

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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 … 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’

Over the Rainbow Book Blog

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‘The characterisation is superb, second to none, and key to the story. We really get to know the folk featured, they get under our skin and we care what happens to them. My heart broke for Even several times – his difficult home life as his mum deteriorates, his friends doubting him, his first broken heart. But he is resilient, strong and determined to get at the truth, even if it hurts. Enger’s writing is simple and concise – there are no wasted words. He draws you in completely and carries you along as he teases out the details little by little … I don’t tend to read YA material, so to have a YA/adult crime crossover was a perfect introduction to the genre for me. And a perfect introduction to Enger’s books too. Inborn is a dark, claustrophobic, moving thriller with plenty of surprises thrown in. Another fabulous release from the Orenda stable. And I can’t wait to get into those Henning Juul books now!’ Simply Suze Reviews – 17 February 2019

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‘The chapters are pretty short which as you know by now I love as it allows me to dip in and out when working and only get a chance to read after work. It also hinders sleep as you are up half the night with the old chestnut “just one more chapter”. This was my first dance with this author it won’t be my last. Murder, police procedural, investigation, family, love, teen angst, relationships and whilst duo timelines don’t always work it did in this tale. Before and after the events bringing us to an epic finale that will drop your wee jaw, even the readers who work out the motives/killers I think will be hard pushed to solve this bad boy! 4/5 for me this time, I will be checking out the other offerings by this author’ Always Reading

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Inborn has attracted me since the first page, the case is interesting and twisted, yes, but what really surprised me was how the story is told … Thomas Enger did an amazing job, it was original and suspenseful reading the case during the trial. I have to say that I suspected from each of the members of Enver’s family, all of them had a motive and the time to did it, but this made the book more attractive and twisted! I would highly recommend you to read this book, is a quick read but original and addictive, you’ll not be able to put it down till you discover the truth!’

Varietats

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‘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 … 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!!!’ Book After Book

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‘I love books that keep me on my toes along with wondering which direction the story will go off in next and Inborn is a brilliant example of this. I have to admit that it did take me a couple of chapters to get into switching from past to present but once I did I was hooked! With Thomas Enger using the “then” and “now” parts to really make me so curious about what actually happened. I especially enjoyed the way both the facts and truth began to unravel making me question everything. This easily helps the book to gather momentum until the final pages where everything is revealed! You really do get the best of everything in this story with courtroom scenes, a police investigation and the scenes also set in the past as we begin to see everything Even has experienced unfold … With plenty of secrets and revelations as the book progresses. Inborn is a story with twists and intrigue! It will grab hold and carry you along until the truth finally emerges!’ Rae Reads Book Blog

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‘I thought that the story was very well written and I loved the flow the author has achieved as I found it really helped build up the suspense as the book progressed, and I have to say I LOVED the ending!! The setting for the book was excellent and the author really transported me there with them. This author is a fantastic storyteller and the characterisation in this one is superb as I have come to expect – it is definitely five stars from me, very highly recommended, a brilliant story and I can’t wait to see what this author releases next!!’

Donnas Book Blog

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Inborn is a tightly plotted mix of thriller and courtroom drama … compelling, twisty and full of emotion … The format of the book is very clever, beginning with a chilling prologue and then leading into the police investigation and trial. I soon found myself right inside 17-year-old Even’s head. I loved how the narrative moved seamlessly from Even in the courtroom in the present day to his first person narrative in the past (and back again), without repeating any of the events. This created two different versions of the same character – the one who knew the whole story (in the present) and the one in the past who still had a lot to learn … I loved this book and can’t praise it highly enough!’

Off-the-Shelf Books

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‘Social media was a strong presence in the book almost becoming another character in the story. The added complexity of teenagers gossiping, social media ‘truths’ and videos streaming must be hellish to contend with (both as a writer and as an investigating policeman.) Yet this is now real life and it’s great that authors are starting to incorporate it into thrillers … Despite the gritty plot there were moments of humour and even a reference to Six Stories! Did you spot it? … All in all it’s a brilliant cross over with strong lead characters and a plot that kept on unravelling right to the end. All your assumptions will be wrong and you will wonder just exactly how many skeletons those closest to you have in their closets’ Cramlington Book Club

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‘Because it is YA there is less detail than usual about the killings but it’s believable. The small town community that is stunned by the deaths, the suspicion regarding Even, the gossip and abuse on social media and the self imposed isolation caused by computer gaming … There are many twists, I didn’t have a clue whether Even was guilty or innocent. I couldn’t even work out if he was the accused or a witness in the court scenes. Or if he wasn’t guilty, who was? It is a completely different novel to the ones that are from the Henning Juul series but it is just as good’

Stephs Book Blog 

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‘Atmospheric, intricately woven and riddled with red herrings, recommended!’ From Belgium with Book Love

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