2 out of 4 stars
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Jonas, by Julia Ferrard, follows the adventures of Jonas, a famous magician, and the activities of a fairground in an Austrian town, where he performed. His father was a renowned magician as well. Employing other gifted and unusual entertainers such as a fakir, a fire-eater, a clown and so on, the fairground was a place of great fun for its audience. However, the fairground took a new turn when its staff started passing away in mysterious ways, and one or other of the staff was being accused. Who could be responsible for the crime? Was it really a staff at the fairground or someone outside? What could be their motive?
Consisting of 304 pages, this crime, mystery and thriller novel is engaging. Though it has a somewhat straightforward plot, it’s captivating. It includes a lot of funny dialogues, which make the story interesting. In addition, the author provides backstories, which she adds regularly to relate the past to the present, and comprising several quotes from the Bible, it’s an entertaining read, though the end is a bit obscure.
Nonetheless, I think the book would have been more appealing if the author had shown more of the story instead of telling more, which makes the plot seem kind of underdeveloped. Concerning editing, the novel wasn’t well edited; there are a lot of grammatical and typographical errors like “Jonas didnìt reply” and “she didn’t believe in that it would be the the her One.” Again, the text should be divided into more paragraphs to ease reading. Julia refers to Jonas’ mother as “the daft woman” throughout the story. That's unnecessary, and it could be annoying to some female readers.
All the characters are very intriguing. They are complex and weird. The author provides enough details about them, which make them relatable. Furthermore, while there are no explicit sex scenes, there are some provocative narratives, and regarding profanity, there are some immodest words here and there. Included also are some German words, but the author gives their meanings at the end of the book. The novel contains narratives involving snakes and some gruesome scenes. Hence, if you don’t like reading books with such features, I advise you to steer clear of this one.
Overall, I rate Jonas 2 out of 4 stars. I didn’t rate it lower because it’s entertaining, and I couldn’t rate it higher because of the above flaws, especially the grammar errors and typos. It should be sent for another round of editing. I recommend it to fans of psychological thriller books.
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