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Inborn

Published Date: 17th July 2018

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9781912374489
£5.99
22 January 2019
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9781912374472
£8.99
21 February 2019

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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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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