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?
Man, this was a dark book! Maybe its because I just finished reading On The Fence by Kasie West, which is a light summer romance read. I was on a light reading high, and Far From You just brought me tumbling down into the pits of murder and addictions.
Far From You is not your typical young adult book. The story revolves around a girl named Sophie who has escaped death twice now. The first time was when she was in a car accident with the two people she loved most, Mina and Trev. Mina and Trev walked away with a few broken bones and bruises, injuries that will go away. Sophie wasn’t so lucky. She ended up with a bad back, a leg made of mostly metal, a limp, and a bad addiction to narcotics. The second time, she and Mina come face to face with a masked man. However, Mina doesn’t walk away from this bad night. Only Sophie does, and everyone thinks its her fault due to a drug deal gone bad. The only thing is, Sophie is innocent but no one will believe the ex-junkie. But in order to solve Mina’s murder, and clear her own name, Sophie must walk down a dangerous path.
So this is one of those books that are told in alternating time lines. I sometimes get wary of author’s doing that, because it becomes blurred. But I think Sharpe did a fantastic job. One time line was the now, which was fluid and straight forward. But the other timeline wasn’t as fluid, and jumped back and forth on Sophie’s memories. When I noticed that happening, I was really scared because I instantly thought that it would get so confusing. But I found that it didn’t. Certain memories were revealed to relate to the now timeline, and everything made perfect sense. It was a risk, in my opinion, but it was a risk that paid off.
I’ve read quite a few books dealing with murder, death, and addictions this year. Maybe thats just the trend going on in young adult contemporary, I don’t know. However, I don’t think this was a typical murder mystery. This mystery was so complicated for so many reasons. All involving love, addictions, sexualities, truths and lies, and basically everything that makes up the dramas of life. I think because this book had so many human emotional elements, it made the book seem so realistic. I mean, looking back on it now, there are parts that baffle me, as to how a 17 year old could get into this much trouble and escape death that many times. But when you’re reading it, you don’t question those kinds of things. You’re so sucked into the story that you accept things that are happening as though they are the reality.
As for the romance plot of this book, it is so messy and complicated. The love triangle in this story is way beyond the typical love triangle, and so it comes off as refreshing. Its really messy, but it gets you thinking that these types of relationships actually do happen.
If you’re looking for a dark murder mystery, I recommend this one. Its dark and messy, and the protagonist is far from perfect, in fact she’s really messed up in many ways, but she’s accepting of herself, and thats whats important. This isn’t a light summer read, but I did find myself reading through this book rather quickly.