Jett Reviews Johnny Come Home by Jake Arnott

Posted: January 29, 2015 in Reviews
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Start with the book description ’cause it pretty much sums everything up.

It is London and the year 1972. A charismatic anarchist called O’Connell dies of an overdose, leaving his artist boyfriend, Pearson, and fellow activist Nina in shock. It also leaves a spare room in their squat. So Pearson moves in Sweet Thing, a streetwise yet vulnerable young rent boy he initially picks up but then tries to help. Pearson isn’t the only one who’s interested though – glam rock star Johnny Chrome is on the brink of a breakdown and is convinced that Sweet Thing is the only one who can bring him back. As Sweet Thing gets drawn further into Johnny Chrome’s dangerous orbit, Pearson and Nina discover that O’Connell was not all he seemed. In this tautly paced, highly evocative novel Jake Arnott once again combines brilliant storytelling with a flawless portrait of a changing era, when the optimism of the 60s was giving way to the anger and bombs of the early 70s.

Who’s Johnny Chrome? Where does he come from? What’s going on here? How does he have a darn thing to do with O’Connell? WTF?

Maybe this is atmospheric but it sure didn’t work for me. Another DNF.

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