Hello everyone, thank-you for visiting on my day of the Inborn by Thomas Enger blog tour. I would like to start my extending my gratitude to the wonderful blog tour organiser Anne for having me on the tour. This is my first Orenda Books tour and what a book to experience that with!
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. Most recently, Thomas has co-written a thriller with Jørn Lier Horst. Enger also composes music, and he lives in Oslo.
“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?”
Inborn has recently been published in paperback (21.02.19) and is also available in e-book format, purchase links have been provided at the bottom of the ‘What I Thought’ section.
What I Thought
I haven’t had the pleasure of reading any of Thomas’ previous work and I am questioning myself ‘why the hell not’ because his imagination is brilliant! Inborn has been created to be a YA – adult fiction hybrid read and he has carried it out really, REALLY well. The whole dynamic of the storyline is split up into two concepts that merge with one another; we are shown the story from the main character, Even’s POV, as he comes to terms with the murder of his ex-girlfriend and overcomes some tedious trials and tribulations, while also being taken down the investigative road where the hunt for the killer continues.
I found Inborn to be one of those reads that are smack you in the face fantastic. After page one I had really high expectations for this book and so hoped that it followed through on those first impressions. Well, it did, sleep was sacrificed as I was hooked to my kindle, with pot of coffee for company. The storyline was easy to follow with chapters flicking between the POV of two main characters Even and the investigative officer Mork. The storyline also jumped tenses; now and then, for me personally, I really enjoy these types of storylines because you’re fed bits of information at a great pace without giving away how the book will end. Rather, it kept me on my toes and completely engaged me as I tried to guess what was going to happen next. I have to tell you that this is one hell of an unpredictable read that will leave you beyond flabbergasted!
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! I’ve sat and stewed before writing this review because I wanted to digest all of my feelings in order to write a coherent review and I still feel very much in the ‘WOW’ stage of the book hangover, it’s a real thing people!
Overall, a highly recommended read it will not disappoint you and you’ll be left reeling from the secrets and lies that are revealed! Already out to purchase from Amazon, Waterstones and Book Depository.
Late to the blog tour party? Here’s the blog schedule, if I haven’t convinced you enough that you need to read Inborn by Thomas Enger maybe these post will nudge you further in that direction!
Thank-you again Anne for giving me the opportunity to rave about this extordinary read on this #randomthingstour, Orenda Books for the copy of this read and Thomas Enger for writing a book that I can rave about!
Until next time,