Epiphany Jones was published on 16th May 2016 by Orenda Books and is available here
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.
Welcome to my day on the Epiphany Jones Blog Tour. It is a pleasure to be asked to review such a remarkable thriller.
***** Epiphany Jones Blog Tour Review *****
Epiphany Jones is one helluva book. Michael Grothaus expertly combines a dark tale of child sex trafficking in Hollywood, with a rather smashing comedy.
The book revolves around Jerry, a saddo with a porn addiction and a complicated mental health history and a mysterious woman called Epiphany. Much of the comedy comes from Jerry and his dry observations. Jerry is totally unsavoury, very laddish and bizarre. He is a fabulous character, that over the course of the book I grew to love. Epiphany is a woman on a mission. Epiphany meets Jerry and suddenly Jerry’s dull life is turned inside out.
Much of the dark side of the book comes from Hollywood and the representation of child sex trafficking. Grothaus describes the Hollywood vacuousness and self obsession, that is endemic in this world of fame and fortune. We start to understand the effect of excessive living and the sad grotesque need to stretch boundaries. We see through the eyes of an abused child, who has been used by the powerful elite, for their sexual pleasure. Multiple abuse and torture has led to a personality fragmenting. This is powerful, chilling and incredibly moving.
This is ultimately a very clever thriller. It is a book of murder, abuse, revenge, pure evil, with the wonderful and very odd Jerry. It takes you on the most amazing emotional journey, as we laugh at the daft moments in Jerry’s crazy life and then we see captured the depravity of the rich and famous. The darker moments in the book are so much more powerful, for the lighter comedic parts. Grothaus should be applauded for this incredible book. He is definitely an author to keep an eye on.
Unusual, powerful and bloody funny! This is a must read for any fans of dark comedy. I will not stop recommending this book, to anyone looking for something a bit different!
Michael Grothaus can be found on Twitter – https://twitter.com/michaelgrothaus
His website is here: http://www.michaelgrothaus.com/
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