Epiphany Jones by Michael Grothaus


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.

My Review:

Epiphany Jones is one of the most hard hitting novels that I have read. It’s one of a few that I have read lately that’s theme is sex crimes but this one is slightly different in the way that it comes together and the way everything is revealed.
The two main characters Jerry and Epiphany are both victims. Epiphany is a victim of sex trafficking and Jerry is suffering from tragic events that happened in his childhood. The way that he coped was unusual and in all honesty I found it very difficult to read. There is some black humour that I loved and the seedy side of Hollywood made a great storyline that was chillingly convincing. Whilst I didn’t particularly like either Jerry or Epiphany I had more sympathy for Epiphany. She was violent and unpredictable but she had her reasons.
It was a different type of novel for me. The more graphic parts of the novel I didn’t care for and I’m not sure if they contributed or detracted from the main storyline that was strong enough on its own.


Thanks to Karen Sullivan for the copy received, details of the blog tour are below.


One Reply to “Epiphany Jones by Michael Grothaus”

  1. Hard-hitting, indeed – that’s exactly the word I used when thinking about this. I’m behind on reviews, but was similarly shocked by this one. But it certainly was different, and stood out in a landscape which can sometimes feel ‘samey’.


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