Far From You by Tess Sharpe was exactly what I was expecting yet at the same time was able to surprised me. I really enjoyed Sharpe’s other novel and was excited to find this on KU to borrow.
Being a lover of the mystery/thriller genre, I knew I had to read this one and I wasn’t disappointed.
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? (blurb borrowed from Goodreads)
This book is a very emotional and raw story that has a perfect amount of grittiness and rough edges.
It didn’t take me long to get sucked into this book and a big part of that is Sophie. Once again Sharpe created this intriguing and realistic character; Sophie’s inner thoughts and struggles paired with her determination to find out the truth made her all that more captivating especially considering she’s lived through several tragedies, both small and great.
“But my heart isn’t simple or straightforward. It’s a complicated mess of wants and needs, boys and girls: soft, rough, and everything in between, an ever-shifting precipice from which to fall.”
We also get a sense of who Mina is; she is also a determined young woman yet with very different struggles. My heart felt for both girls when were constantly testing their seemingly unbreakable bond to when each was going through their own inner struggles. We get a great look into that bond through the alternating past and present timelines.
“Her fingers bite into my arm, and I squeeze her wrist tight where I’m holding on to her, because this is what we’re good at: hurting each other.”
Sharpe’s writing was of course great; she weaved this story that focused on this bond between Mina and Sophie with darker mystery elements. I alternately wanted to know everything that happened between the two girls before Mina’s untimely and tragic death to the simple truth of who murdered her and who dragged Sophie’s name through the mud afterwards.
While the plot only had a few twists, they were executed very well; I didn’t see them coming (at least not until maybe a couple pages before). I’m not sure how to further describe the plot because at the most basic level it’s really about following Sophie’s twisted way of grieving and dealing with the loss of Mina; to me, Sophie’s way of dealing with everything is to find out the whole truth behind Mina’s murder. In the end, though, I thought Sharpe executed this balance amazingly.
“There’s this long road ahead. It’s never-ending, because you don’t get over losing someone. Not completely. Not when she was a part of you. Not when loving her broke you as much as it changed you.”
Have you read this novel? What are some of your favorite novels that have some rough edges?