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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
This is Not a Lie is a work of fiction in the interpersonal drama, social issues, and LGBTQIA+ sub-genres, and was penned by author S. C. Farrow. The work is aimed at the mature adult reading audience owing to the use of explicit language throughout, the presence of graphic violence, and scenes of a sexual nature. Set in the year 1984, we find ourselves in Melbourne where a rock music dreamer, Joel, pursues his dream of music in the rock scene there and goes from strength to strength. But on the inside, Joel struggles with a serious drug addiction and hidden homosexuality, and it only takes a striking new frontman in his band for Joel’s journey to take a dramatic tailspin.
Author S. C. Farrow has crafted what is best described as a wholly realistic life drama, with all the dark shadows and bright lights that a life lived hiding your true heart can bring you. I adored Joel from the off, for all his flaws, secrets, and talents, and from the earnest, close attention of the narrative in bringing us to the tragic reasons for his choices and behaviors in the tale. Farrow juxtaposes truth with fantasy, fame with honesty, and outside appearance versus self-esteem with a true talent for fully understanding these emotions and all the shades of grey in between. What results is a graphic tale that will really test your mettle as a reader, but is without a doubt one of the most original and well-represented works I’ve read this year. I would certainly recommend This is Not a Lie to all fans of LGBTQIA+ drama.