The Confessions of Jonathan Flite
by Matthew J. Beier
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
Matthew J. Beier is a novelist, screenwriter, photographer, and graphic designer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His first novel, The Breeders, was published in 2012. He attended film school at Chapman University in 2003, where he studied screenwriting, film production, and English before spending a final semester abroad at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. When Matthew isn’t working, he enjoys tea, exercise, watching films, and spending time with his friends and family. He is currently hard at work on Book 2 of his Jonathan Flite Series, “The Release of Jonathan Flite.” He would love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org, on his Facebook author page, or on Twitter @MatthewBeier.
I have just finished reading this book and all I can say is WOW. I really wish someone had read it with me because I feel a desperate need to discuss it. I have so many theories and questions, this would be an awesome read for a book club for sure. There is just so much going on, it will undoubtedly give you plenty of food for thought.
I normally don’t re-read books but I think I might just have to re-read this one. I’m sure that if I do, I will find more details that I missed the first time around. The author has done such a great job at building this intricate web of interconnected lives and events, that reading it only once won’t do it justice.
The Confessions of Jonathan Flite is a stimulating, thought-provoking mystery. I love how it doesn’t shy away from possibly controversial topics (like religion, life after death, etc..) but instead, dares the reader to explore them with an open mind. I see so much potential for this series as it is not only entertaining but also intellectually challenging.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
4 out of 5 stars