Far From You by Tess Sharpe
Published April 8th, 2014 by Disney-Hyperion (first published March 27th, 2014).
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. (Goodreads)
I’ve had Far From You on my shelf for a very long time. Two years. During that time I forgot what initially drew me to wanting it, but then I read the synopsis and quickly remembered that it sounded a little like a mystery and so intriguing. The main protagonist has nearly died twice, and Far From You chronicles Sophie’s life after her friend Mina is murdered. The story does not unfold in a linear fashion. In fact, it flips back and forth between present day and what happened in the past. As the past is revealed the back story is made clearer, but it also helps you figure out just what exactly happened, why Mina was murdered, why Sophie wasn’t, and so forth. The entire story is fast paced and kept me on the edge of my seat. It keeps you guessing until it’s finally revealed. Honestly, the build up to the reveal is better than any answer you get with Far From You. This book gives you that anxious feeling that is just so good with a mystery story. I actually really enjoyed everything about this book. I just wish the reveal would have been stronger. For that reason, I rated it 4 stars. So while I really did enjoy this one, although the whodunit was a little weak, I’m surprised about how forgettable the story is after just a week from reading it.