Inborn by Thomas Enger

Genre: Crime
Source: Orenda Books
Rating: 4/5

About The Book

When teenagers Mari Lindgren and Johannes Eklund are brutally murdered at their high school in the small Norwegian village of Fredheim, the finger is soon pointed at seventeen-year-old Even, Mari’s ex-boyfriend. As the investigation closes in, social media is ablaze with accusations, rumours and even threats, and Even finds himself in the dock – both online. and in reality.
As Even pores over his memories of the months leading up to the crime, it becomes clear that more than one villager was acting suspiciously … and secrets are simmering beneath the calm surface of this close-knit community. Events from the past play tag with the present, and Even is forced to question everything he thought he knew.
Was the death of his father in a car crash a decade earlier really accidental? Did his relationship with Mari stir up something that someone was prepared to kill to protect? There seems to be no one that Even can trust. And can we even trust him?

My Thoughts

What happens when there’s a brutal murder in high school and two teenagers are brutally murdered in a small town called Freidheim in Norway? That everyone knows the victims and the killer, so who could have killed two younger teenagers?
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: between the perspective of the different characters we enter to Inborn; Enver, that is testifying in a trial; but we don’t know if he is a testimony or the criminal. While he is starting speak, he will transport us to the past, when everything happened and everyone is a suspect. It was curious reading the story from the end and turning back to the beginning, the author, Thomas Enger did an amazing job, it was original and suspenseful reading the case during the trial.
We have the perspective of the police during the investigation too, how they suspect from everyone but at the same time, they rule some of the testimonies out of the investigation because they don’t think they could had been the killer. I suppose this is the problem of living in a small place, you know everyone and don’t think anyone can kill in cold blood.
The story has a lot of family secrets and lies, Enver doesn’t have a normal family, her father was killed in a car accident a long time ago and now is living with his younger brother and his mother. They are not a normal family, the mother is never at home and when she is, she is drunk, and with his brother you can not say they have a good relation. But he loves very much his uncle, it seems that is the glue of the family… Who could ever thought that they could have so many secrets and hidden truths?
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!

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 Thomas published his first book for young adults, a dark fantasy thriller called The Evil Legacy, for which he won the UPRISEN (the prize for best YA novel). His next YA thriller Killer Instinct, upon which Inborn is based, was published in Norway in 2017 and won the same prestigious prize. Most recently, Thomas has co-written a thriller with Jørn Lier Horst. He also composes music, and he lives in Oslo.