Far From You by Tess Sharpe

Far From YouFar From You by Tess Sharpe
Published by: Disney Hyperion on April 8, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Romance
Pages: 384
Source: ARC From Publisher
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Rating: ★★★★

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 was really, really good! It hooked me in straight away. I immediately loved Sophie as a character. She’s flawed, but interesting and really relateable. Her voice is honest and real, which I think is what makes it really easy to connect with her!

This book appealed to my love for mysteries. I really adore reading books where there’s some big criminal investigation that the police are too stupid/uninterested to solve, so the teenager has to take over. They’re not always realistic, but I adore them, and Far From You fit that bill perfectly! I loved trying to solve the case alongside Sophie by piecing clues together.

So you know how in the synopsis it says, “and about the secret they shared”? I totally didn’t get that. When I read the synopsis I had a few thoughts about what it might be, but none of them were anywhere near the mark. It’s revealed pretty early on what it is, but I have to admit, I didn’t see it coming. But I think it introduced a really unique element into the story that worked REALLY well! What’s in the spoilers below is about this ‘secret’. I don’t think it’s a huge spoiler because everything gets revealed pretty early on (or at least enough of it that you can guess), but I’m putting it in spoiler tags in case you’d rather be surprised.

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One of my favourite parts of the book was how it skipped between time periods. The chapters would really jump around, something like this:

  • 6 months ago
  • Now
  • 3 years ago
  • Now
  • 3.5 years ago
  • Now

You get the picture! It was a brilliant way of piecing the story together. The only thing I didn’t like was that it did sometimes get confusing. Take the last few jumps for example (starting at 3 years ago). By the time I got down to the 3.5 years one, the first 3 year jump converted into “A long time ago” in my mind, so I wasn’t able to quite place how they fit chronologically. So I knew that 3.5 years ago was “a long time ago” and I knew that 2 chapters ago I read another one that took place “a long time ago”, but I couldn’t quite place which one came first. I just sucked at keeping it straight.

But it was easy enough for me to get the gist of things and it didn’t make the overall story confusing.

I think the one thing I wasn’t totally sold on was the ending. It wasn’t a bad ending, but it wasn’t great either. I think the problem was that at first I was too confused to appreciate the twist. I wanted that shocked and surprised feeling, but I didn’t get it because I was buried under confusion. View Spoiler »

If you like good mystery books and want one with a surprisingly passionate (and unconventional) romance, then I highly recommend Far From You! Even if the ending wasn’t my favourite, this was still a great book to read. I think one of the best things it has going for it is that it’s different. It’s not like anything else I’ve read lately, especially when you find out what that ‘secret’ is! πŸ˜‰

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  1. I really want to read this book, but I usually hate when timelines skip around so I am scared. It is an interesting way to unravel a story, but if it isn’t done right I spend more time trying to figure out the chronology of the plot and less time enjoying the story.

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  2. It’s nice to read a review of a mystery book on your blog!

    In a mystery, the ending is everything for me. I really hate it when it’s flat! Worst case scenario is when the culprit is some random new character introduced in the last twenty pages of the book. I hope this one is not like that, Sophie’s situation feels interesting.

  3. I have an ARC of this I have been thinking about picking up. Looks like I need to move it up on my list. I love books that can keep me guessing so I’m happy you said that you were unable to figure it out.

  4. I’ve been waffling on this book for a long time! A good friend of mine did not enjoy it. She and I were “spoiled” on the secret because of finding this book on a reading list for a particular category of books, which is what encouraged her to read it. I guess I’ve still got time to request it on NetGalley and see for myself. I do love a good mystery!

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  5. I didn’t catch that snippet in the synopsis either, but I ended up loving that part of the story! I think it’s because we learn about them as people first, rather than the other part.

    The ending was my one issue as well, though it was more of an afterthought because the rest of the story was so good. Although I was almost happy because it wasn’t the character that I had a feeling would be the one to do it! (That was really vague but I’m trying not to spoil so I hope I made sense.)

  6. Yeah I can definitely see how the whole time thing would be a little confusing at times because of how you just think of the “past” chapters as something that happened a while ago, but you don’t really register when it is when things start overlapping and you have no idea what’s going on lol. But I’m super glad that you loved this one overall, fantastic review, Ashley! <33

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