Wednesday, October 15, 2014

(Review) The Confessions of Jonathan Flite by Matthew J. Beier

Title: Jonathan Flite
Author: Matthew J. Beier
Pages: 392
Published: July 15, 2014
PublisherEpicality Books, LLC
Review Copy: Yes

Why did I want this book?
I've got asked if I would be interested in reviewing this book.
Jonathan Flite claims to have memories he can't explain. Seven layers of them, to be exact, all belonging to a group of teenagers who disappeared from a place called Idle County in 2010-ten years before his birth. Seventeen years of anxiety, violent outbursts, and refusal to admit he is lying have landed him at Crescent Rehabilitation Center, a seaside juvenile center for rich kids, and nobody has ever dared to believe his memories might be real. Until now. On a blustery November day just three months after a nuclear terrorist attack in Geneva, Switzerland, ex-CIA psychiatrist Thomas Lumen arrives at Crescent to interview Jonathan for a book about Idle County. Fueled by his personal connection to the disappearances three decades earlier, he asks Jonathan to share what he knows-anything and everything. By reigniting this thirty-year-old mystery, however, Jonathan inadvertently becomes a target of the very same religious terrorists who attacked Geneva, and they'll stop at nothing to keep the secrets of Idle County under wraps. Jonathan must then make a choice: to continue telling his story, or risk the safety of everyone he loves.

The cover looks great and it feels somehow like rubber.

The title fits very good. But I am not going to tell you much because it would spoil the story.  The boy, Jonathan, has memories he isn't supposed to have.

Writing style:
I love his writing style. Seriously, I couldn't stop reading. It is captivating like thriller, creepy like a horror move and has a lot of depth. The book jumps between different story lines and times to tell Jonathans, the Idle County sevens and Thomas Lumen. Sounds confusing? Surprisingly it's not, so good job!

The main character might be Jonathan. He would have been a normal kid if there wouldn't be the memories in his head. Memories that aren't his own. He is the only one who knows what happened to the seven kids which vanished 10 years before his birth. His mum thinks he is a liar and the psychiatrists don't know what to do with him. Jonathan becomes an outsider and I, as a reader, should feel sorry for him. But I can't because he is soooo creepy. Seriously I wouldn't want do be alone in a room with him! The other characters are well developed too but I guess we have to wait for the second book to get to know them better.

It is the first of a series.

Stuck in my Head:
„What happened on those ghost hunts, sister?" Kara thought, watching the raincoats zipping around on the sidewalk below. "What did you see?“ (p. 150)
What I didn't like:
Nothing to complain!

Quick and dirty:
A great thriller that won't let go of you until you've read the last page! Well done! Looking forward to read the second book. However, people who are afraid of creepy things might want to read something else.

Thank you to ...
... Matthew J. Beier, who gave me this review copy in exchange of a honest review!

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