Trevor Sells Meth

Fiction - Thriller - Psychological
595 Pages
Reviewed on 07/07/2024
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Author Biography

Luke William Watkins writes in Australian English, so it will sometimes appear as if he can’t spell correctly. Here is an example to demonstrate a few of the nuances: An enquiring blonde might make a judgement call on what medical practice to attend, whereas a blond magistrate would finalise his inquiries before he practised handing down judgments.

Trevor Sells Meth took nine thousand hours to complete over a course of twenty-six months.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Trevor Sells Meth is a work of fiction in the interpersonal drama, slice-of-life, and coming-of-age genres. It is best suited to mature adult readers for its bold themes and candid approach to life. Penned by author Luke Watkins, this compelling narrative is set in Australia, following Trevor’s tumultuous life from his birth in 1981 through the nineties. The novel, based on true events, delves into the factors leading children into crime and the devastating impact of mental illness on young lives. Trevor’s world is rife with juvenile delinquency, crime, and addiction, intersecting with notorious figures like bank robbers and gang members. The book provides historically accurate details, exploring the meth trade, legal controversies, and societal issues of the era. It is a stark, unflinching look at a life derailed by circumstances beyond control, but is also told with bites of sharp humor and bold, emotive scenes.

Luke Watkins offers a stark, no-holds-barred, sobering, and engaging read, highlighting the grim reality of many low-wage drug dealers struggling to make ends meet in a cruel, grim world. The novel shatters the myth of the glamorous, wealthy drug dealer, portraying instead a life fraught with danger, instability, and despair, told with strong narrative choices, streams of consciousness, and sudden interjections that feel like you’re taking a trip with the characters yourself. Trevor’s story evoked a deep sense of empathy and sadness, particularly in understanding how socio-economic factors and mental illness can entrap individuals in cycles of crime and addiction. The narrative is handled well with close details of his psychological state and sharp dialogue used to address and frame his world. The historical accuracy comes straight from life, offering atmosphere and details that root audiences deeply in Australian life at the time. Witnessing his journey from a confused boy to a young man entangled in the meth trade was heart-wrenching, underscoring the tragedy of lost potential and the harsh consequences of a society that fails its vulnerable members, which is a timely and important message for readers. Overall, Trevor Sells Meth is an unusual and original work that will suit fans of experimental writing styles, bold works with plenty of character, and fans of gritty, realistic drama with a powerful tragic message at the core.