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Reviewed by Saifunnissa Hassam for Readers' Favorite
Mallory M. O'Connor's novel Epiphany's Gift is a complex tale of a psychic investigation to unravel a convoluted web of crime, corruption, and environmental disasters. Epiphany Mayall, a psychic medium with a degree in art history, lives and works in a Spiritualist community in Florida. She is on vacation with her mother at the family farm near Athens, Ohio, when a drawing by William Blake is stolen from an art exhibition. Epiphany's former art history professor, John Bernhardt, asks for her help. The art exhibition is based on Dante's Inferno and Blake's drawing depicts the punishment of greedy and corrupt officials. John believes the art theft may be related to his opposition to Ace Energy's oil extraction and contaminated wastewater operations. Epiphany accepts the challenge of using her psychic gifts to solve the crime. When John is murdered, Epiphany is determined to find the thief and killer.
In Epiphany's Gift, I loved the way the suspense and action grow as Epiphany's psychic gifts reveal puzzling clues that are key to solving the crime. Is there a connection between the missing artwork, the murder, and Ace Energy's operations? She searches for answers with courage, even at the risk of her own life. I loved the way O’Connor brings in Epiphany’s psychic abilities at every twist and turn. That became the most fascinating aspect of the story for me. I liked O’Connor’s vivid and very imaginative descriptions of Epiphany’s dreams, her ability to project her mind across time and space, and her sensitivity to spirit guides and anguished souls. I loved the way Dante's Inferno and William Blake's poetry and art become intertwined with Epiphany's search for clues through an eccentric artist and a close friend of John. A spellbinding story of the paranormal and crime!