Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Far From You

Far From You by Tess Sharpe
Publication Date: April 8, 2014
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 384
Keywords: murder, mystery, drugs
Format Read: eARC via NetGalley
Get It: Book Depository
Sophie Winters nearly died. Twice.
The first time, she's fourteen, and escapes a near-fatal car accident with scars, a bum leg, and an addiction to Oxy that will take years to kick.
The second time, she's seventeen, and it's no accident. Sophie and her best friend Mina are confronted by a masked man in the woods. Sophie survives, but Mina is not so lucky. When the cops deem Mina's murder a drug deal gone wrong, casting partial blame on Sophie, no one will believe the truth: Sophie has been clean for months, and it was Mina who led her into the woods that night for a meeting shrouded in mystery.
After a forced stint in rehab, Sophie returns home to a chilly new reality. Mina's brother won't speak to her, her parents fear she'll relapse, old friends have become enemies, and Sophie has to learn how to live without her other half. To make matters worse, no one is looking in the right places and Sophie must search for Mina's murderer on her own. But with every step, Sophie comes closer to revealing all: about herself, about Mina and about the secret they shared.

This was one of those books that I had absolutely no idea what it was about before I started reading it. Total blindness heading in.

So when I began a story about a drug addict in rehab coping with the death of her best friend, I was a little shocked. And quite frankly, impressed.

Even with the drug addict story line, the story is so much more than a murder mystery. It is well thought out, meaning I definitely understood why Sophie took things into her own hands and didn't tell the police what she was working on. Sophie's voice was believable and unique, and her struggle was real and emotional, which I thoroughly enjoyed reading.
There was also something about the love triangle (not your average triangle either) that was incredibly realistic. About the pain, the struggle, and the hardships that love and friendship can have on people, whether they are good or bad results.

I was also definitely surprised by the ending. By the time I realized what was going on, it was about three sentences before Mina knew and it was too late for me to shout at her to stop what she was doing and run away. So that was excellent. I love being surprised by books. And though I was still a little confused at the end with a few of the explanations and character relationships, I accepted how things unfolded and was fine with it at the end of the novel. I was just so excited it wasn't anything I thought it would be before. (Seriously, book surprises are the best)

Read When: You are looking for a solid mystery that also has a lot of deep, complex emotional moments. This isn't a light beach read, so be prepared folks. You're going to want to pay attention to this one.

A little more about my thoughts on the cover. Don't get me wrong, I love it, but it doesn't fit with what the story is actually about. To me, it seems like a summer romance cover with something that goes a little awry, what with the broken light there toward the bottom. But this book was no light-hearted summer romance. It was heavy. It was deep. And that was refreshing. This cover's beautiful, but it doesn't make me think of the book at all having actually finished it at this point.


  1. I love a) having no clue what the book I'm reading is about and b) not seeing the ending coming. Those two factors almost always mean I loved the book!

    This is the second review I've read that talks about how great Sophie's voice was; I'm definitely adding this to my TBR :)

    1. A game I play when I go to the library is just to pick up books based on their spines. I don't look at the cover at all! That way, when I get home, I can start a book I know NOTHING about. It's so much fun, and I highly recommend it!


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