For those of you who enjoy circus stories, there is a large element of that in Bergmann’s debut. Combine that with magic, WWII, and a present day story of a family in crisis, and you have The Trick.
The Great Zabbatini was best known for his illusions and spells. He will be the first to tell you he wasn’t a magician, but rather a mentalist. And that’s just the kind of magic Max Cohn needed to put his family back together. When he sets out to find the man, they are both in for a rude awakening in trying to mesh their personalities. If you remember what a curmudgeon Ove was in Fredrik Backman’s story, A Man Called Ove, you get the idea.
I loved reading the history of Zabbatini’s character, even though it was fictional. It had the feeling of listening to the life story told by a relative. So I can imagine this book would sound great on audio. For Max’s modern day story, I felt the dialogue was a little basic and amateur. I’m not sure if he did that because of the age of the character, but I didn’t think it was necessary. That’s why I loved jumping back into the history. And I always enjoy getting a new perspective on WWII, one I haven’t read before.
Surprisingly, a nice little twist wrapped this book up nicely. If you’re looking for historical fiction with a light touch, try this one out. No heavy duty angst and agony here.
Thanks to the publisher for a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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