“Jerry has a traumatic past that leaves him subject to psychotic hallucinations and depressive episodes. When he stands accused of stealing a priceless Van Gogh painting, he goes underground, where he develops an unwilling relationship with a woman who believes that the voices she hears are from God. Involuntarily entangled in the illicit world of sex-trafficking amongst the Hollywood elite, and on a mission to find redemption for a haunting series of events from the past, Jerry is thrust into a genuinely shocking and outrageously funny quest to uncover the truth and atone for historical sins.
A complex, page-turning psychological thriller, riddled with twists and turns, Epiphany Jones is also a superb dark comedy with a powerful emotional core. You’ll laugh when you know you shouldn’t, be moved when you least expect it and, most importantly, never look at Hollywood, celebrity or sex in the same way again. This is an extraordinary debut from a fresh, exceptional new talent.”
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Oh. My. Gosh! I have never read a book quite like Epiphany Jones before. From the moment I read the blurb I HAD to read this book. And look at that cover!! Absolutely stunning. This is a brand new reading experience so I suggest you do everything you can to get hold of a copy. Did I mention that I have NEVER read a book like this one before…??
Jerry suffers from figments, imaginary people who pop into and out of his life at the most inopportune moments. This is due to his traumatic past; his young sister died of leukaemia and his father died in a horrific car accident, Jerry was also in the car at the time. Oh, and he’s addicted to porn. He can keep the figments at bay though by taking his meds, but there’s this one figment who keeps appearing. She even appears in his dreams!
Whilst Jerry is at lunch one day a priceless painting goes missing from the museum where he works. He is accused of the theft but only digs himself in deeper by lying when confronted. Upon his return home he is aghast to find the stolen painting in his apartment. Confused and wanting to distance himself from the booty he leaves his apartment only to bump into his figment, literally. But that can’t happen. Figments are created by his mind and they are not real. Except this one is and she’s not really a figment. She’s Epiphany Jones…
This book contains some pretty dark, gutsy themes and you do need a strong stomach for parts of it. Saying that I am hugely impressed with the way Michael Grothaus has handled these themes within the story. None of the sexual content felt gratuitous and it was very much necessary for the story. Even the moments when Jerry is alone (I shall say no more and let your mind fill in the blanks)…
The story flows smoothly and at an enjoyable pace. My interest was kept from the very first word to the very last. I couldn’t predict where the story was going and I was always surprised by the twists and turns (full marks from me for that!). The humour I adored. The blurb is correct, you do find yourself laughing at things which you know you shouldn’t.
I didn’t like Jerry, I did like Jerry and then I didn’t like Jerry again. Now I have reached the conclusion of the book I definitely DO like Jerry. The rest of the characters I’m not so sure about. That is, except Epiphany. Epiphany is an amazing character, quite possibly my favourite fictional character…ever!
I have to congratulate Michael Grothaus on his use of the word ‘mosey’. It’s not a word I see often in books but it’s one of my favourites. Thank you for using it with such aplomb Mr Grothaus.
Would I recommend this book? I most certainly would. I would, however, add a cautionary note about it not being for the faint hearted. There is a lot of bad language, copious amounts of sexual content (it’s about sex-trafficking and Jerry is addicted to porn, after all) and a fair amount of graphic violence that even made my tummy flip and that’s saying something as I love blood, guts and gore in my books!
Five stars out of five.
Thanks to Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books for my copy of Epiphany Jones in exchange for an honest review.
Novelist and journalist Michael Grothaus was born in Saint Louis, Missouri in 1977. He spent his twenties in Chicago where he earned his degree in filmmaking from Columbia and got his start in journalism writing for Screen. After working for institutions including The Art Institute of Chicago, Twentieth Century Fox, and Apple he moved to the United Kingdom where he earned his postgraduate degree and began writing for The Guardian, Fast Company, VICE, and others. His debut novel is EPIPHANY JONES, a story about sex trafficking among the Hollywood elite, based on his experiences at the Cannes Film Festival. It will be published by Orenda in May 2016. Michael is represented worldwide by The Hanbury Agency in London, where he lives when not traveling. His writing is read by millions of people each month.