Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Far From You by Tess Sharpe

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Disney Book Group and Netgalley.
Far From You
Blurb (From Goodreads):
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'll 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.

Far From You by Tess Sharpe

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Far From You(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Disney Book Group and Netgalley.)
17-year-old Sophie cannot get over the fact that her best friend was shot in front of her, and everybody blamed her because they thought that she was the reason Mina was where she was when she got shot.
Sophie is clean though; she’s given up Oxy, and has been clean for months even if nobody believes her. Now she just needs to catch Mina’s killer, and bring them to justice.
Can Sophie unravel the mystery surrounding the story Mina was working on when she was killed? And will anybody ever believe Sophie when she says she’s clean?

This was an interesting murder/mystery story, with an unconventional romance.

Sophie was a strong character, and I was annoyed for her at the way she was treated by her friends and family. Sure, the evidence against her made things look bad, but it would have been nice if someone had given her the benefit of the doubt. I’d have been annoyed at being sent to rehab for three months if I was clean and my best friend’s murderer was getting away with it!

The storyline in this was okay, although it took me a while to get used to the jumping back and forth in time. I did pick up the different storylines after a while, but the constant jumping from present day to 6 months ago, to 3 months ago, to 2 years ago was a bit confusing at first.
I liked the mystery angle of the book once I got into it, and I was really interested to find out what had really happened to Mina, and what story she had been investigating. It was also pretty difficult to guess who the killer was, although this was mainly due to the fact that the killer was mentioned so rarely during the course of the story.
The romance in this was a little unconventional, but saying more than that would be a spoiler. Let’s just say that the romance really added an extra dimension to the story.
The ending was obviously less than happy, because Mina was obviously dead, but I liked that the loose ends were tied up and the killer brought to justice.
Overall; a good YA murder/mystery story.
7 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. This one seems different from what I usually read which is nice.