Today I am thrilled to be joining the tour for Inborn. My review is written with thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part, and Orenda Books for my copy of the book.
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?.
The very first scene of Inborn is set in a courtroom where Even is answering the questions put to him by the prosecution. This alone provided me with so many questions, and I had to know the answers. As the novel swings backwards and forwards between the build up to the court case and the court case itself, I was hooked trying to work out what had happened.
Enger’s writing is beautiful: so simple and easy to read, yet so descriptive. I must congratulate the translator on his ability to ensure the beauty of his words comes across in translation. I loved the descriptions of the characters and the surroundings, and I was transported to the Norwegian setting.
My only previous experience of Enger’s work was when I read Killed last year. It was interesting to see how he would approach a standalone novel, and I am pleased to say that the characters, despite the reader having only met them once, are just as engaging. They are not always likeable, but each one has a fascinating back story and Enger has explored these in great depth to create incredibly believable characters.
As the court case progresses, there are several twists and turns that kept me invested in the plot. I gasped out loud at various points and I loved the surprises.
Inborn is available from Amazon.
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