Far From You by Tess Sharpe
Published: March 27th 2014 by Indigo
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
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Nine months. Two weeks. Six days.
That’s how long recovering addict Sophie’s been drug-free. Four months ago her best friend, Mina, died in what everyone believes was a drug deal gone wrong – a deal they think Sophie set up. Only Sophie knows the truth. She and Mina shared a secret, but there was no drug deal. Mina was deliberately murdered.
Forced into rehab for an addiction she’d already beaten, Sophie’s finally out and on the trail of the killer—but can she track them down before they come for her?
All I knew about this book when I started reading it was “f/f murder mystery”, and that was enough for me to be excited. When I found out that the main character is bisexual and disabled? Sign. Me. Up.
This was one of the best books I’ve read so far in 2017 – it was so real, I could feel Sophie’s emotions, particularly in her flashbacks to when Mina was alive. I loved their relationship and it was heartbreaking to watch it develop and then see it snatched away. I’m usually not a fan of the present day/flashback format but it really works here, and I found myself looking forward to finding out more about Sophie’s past. I thought her disability was written about sensitively but realistically, and her experiences with drugs were believable. I really sympathised with her the entire time. We see multiple sides of her addiction, including the effects on her friends and family as well as on herself. She’s never reduced to just an addict. Even after she’s been clean for months, everyone around her is watching and waiting for her to relapse, and we see her coping with that too. She chants the amount of time she’s been clean for every once in a while to remind herself to stay strong, and I loved that about her.
I especially loved Mina – she’s so vibrant and full of life in the flashbacks, and I found myself dreading the present day parts of the book because she wasn’t in them. Every character in this book is so well-developed and it feels more like reading an autobiography than a fictional story. It’s 100% a character-driven story, but the plot is never compromised.
The plot is amazing – perfectly paced so that I was never bored, but constantly waiting to find out what happens next. It’s original and unpredictable, and I didn’t see the ending coming at all.
Overall I absolutely adored this book. It left me with so many feelings and I feel like no murder mystery will ever live up to this for me.
Rating: 5 stars
Recommended for: Everyone!
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