First, let me say that this book is not for the squeamish. It's not pretty,but it is beautiful. It paints a raw an honest picture of drug abuse and the pain that comes along with it. Jeremy Robert Johnson's writing immediately grabs you and pulls the reader into the story; as you read through you can feel the weight of the character's burdens and every ounce of their pain.
The story is paced perfectly, it isn't a quick read, it pulls you in and pushes you forward with every punch. Jeremy Robert Johnson is extremely good at pacing a story, his short stories in 'Angel Dust Apocalypse' are powerful and aggressive; 'Extinction Journals' is witty and clever, and both of theses are paced quite fast taking the reader on a roller-coaster ride of epic highs, and brutal lows but 'Siren Promised' gives something else, it forces the reader to slow down, while reading you almost fear being left in these places where the atmosphere is dark and heavy and you can taste the decay in the air.
Jeremy Robert Johnson's work stays with you, he brakes into your brain and abuses your hippocampus leaving you beautifully scarred with wonderful tales that never leave. In the future there will be support groups filled with people dressed in hospital gowns, quivering and pacing about, who have read Jeremy Robert Johnson's work and it has altered them; their depressed because they can't share it enough; broken because they have been lived with genuine raw characters that leap from the pages of his books and beg you to rescue them, but all you can do is read on and tumble down with them. I am proud to say that I will be in one of those support groups!
I would encourage you to read this book, share this author with all your friends and family (Grandma might not appreciate it, but I'm sure if you read it to her when she is sleeping some of it may sink in).