“It doesn’t start here.
You’d think it would: two terrified girls in the middle of nowhere, cowering together, eyes bulging at the gun in his hand.
But it doesn’t start here.
It starts the first time I almost die.”
Sophie has almost died twice. The first time she was fourteen, driving in Mina’s brothers truck without a seatbelt on. It left her scarred and in constant pain. The second time she is with Mina again, but this time Mina doesn’t make it. Sophie was addicted to her pain meds but she kicked the habit. Now with Mina dead and her murderer having planted those same drugs on Sophie everyone thinks the murder was a drug run gone bad. Only Sophie knows the truth. Finally out of rehab she is on the hunt for the killer and she wont stop until she finds him.
I honestly have no idea how to review this book. A murder mystery love story that completely captured me Far From You is one that I don’t think I will forget in a while.
The story focuses on the relationship between Sophie and Mina, her best friend, who we know is dead from the beginning of the book. The whole thing flashes back and forth between the present, after Sophie comes out of rehab to different, important periods in Sophie and Mina’s past. The story of their friendship is important because it showed exactly how Sophie knew how to find the killer and what drove her to find him. The story of the present was tense because you weren’t sure what was going to happen next and basically the answer to the ‘who dunnit’ wasn’t very clear until quite close to the end.
The pacing of the book was fantastic. I loved the reveals as the book went along both with regards to the different characters and their life and to the murder mystery. The characters were interesting and I completely understood Sophie’s addiction. I loved her aunt and wished she featured more heavily and Trev was such a sweetheart, I felt so sorry for him. I felt sorry for Sophie’s parents but I really don’t think they handled the situation very well in either case, the real addiction or the relapse.
I absolutely loved the changes in each paragraph and what they showed you about the characters, even though the randomness of them may annoy some readers. There was no real pattern in the chapters but they showed a lot. I loved the LGBT element of this book too and I really loved that the sex scene featured without that much of a ‘fade to black’ happening.
I keep thinking about everything I loved about this book and it really is everything. Even the love triangle was interesting because of who it featured and although I guessed at the killer early-ish and was right but I think thats because I’ve watched too many NCIS episodes!
I am really impressed with Far From You and will definitely be keeping an eye out for more from Tess Sharpe. The language, pacing and storyline in this book all hit the right spots for me and I really honestly was hooked, I even read through my partner re-watching an episode of Game of Thrones and that usually puts me off reading no matter how good the book is! I really do recommend this book but its definitely not suitable for younger readers with sex, violence, drug abuse and swearing in it… if you think you can handle it though, it is awesome.
Far From You will be published on March 27th by Indigo. To celebrate the publication of the book The wonderful folks at Indigo are offering you the chance to win a copy of the book, please fill in the form below. Giveaway entries open until Midnight on March 27th, only open to UK and Ireland.