Devastating. I will never forget the ending of this book. Much like Thomas H. Cooks "Instruments of Night".
It's about addiction, faith, music, faith-healing, miracle cures, electricity,....and mental illness.
Follows the life of Jamie Morton from the young boy he is when he first meets Charles Jacobs, the new, charismatic reverend with a penchant for making electric gadgets. Jacobs uses one of these to cure Jamie's brother of not being able to speak after an accident.
Jamie goes on to be a traveling musician with a drug problem. He crosses the Reverend;s path adain some 25 years later. The Rev, now a side-show huckster who uses the power of electricity as par of his act. cures Jamie of his addiction.
Their life paths will cross more times. Each time becoming more ominous.
I don't want to say more than that out fear of taking the pleasure of reading this yourself.
One could read this just for the pure joy of words. It's written so beautifully
The sense of foreboding as the story builds is delicious.
It'll knock you for a loop! Enjoy. (less)