Release: 27th March 2014
Genre: YA, Thriller, Contemporary
Source: Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
"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?"
Far From You is so much more than a murder mystery. It’s a thriller with heart as although the plot revolves around Sophie hunting down her best friend Mina’s killer there’s also a contemporary side to the book handling topics such as drug abuse and grief which is unexpectedly what I enjoyed most about this book. There’s more to Far From You than meets the eye and I loved delving into Sophie and Mina’s complex relationship and discovering the secrets between them.
There are a lot of topics going on in one book as well as the book dipping in and out of different timelines which might sound messy and confusing but actually worked in this books favour. Every issue was somehow connected to the plot as a whole and getting to look at Sophie and Mina’s relationship at different points in their lives helped to develop them as characters. Seeing the genuine love between the girls made Sophie’s grief feel real and raw in the present. I could really feel Sophie’s loss and it broke my heart to read.
I loved the blend of emotional contemporary read and twisty murder mystery. Sophie is a drug addict which makes her an unreliable heroine. When her parents and the police don’t believe what she says happened the night of Mina’s murder Sophie knows that to discover the truth about Mina’s killer she has to take matters into her own hands. I was certain that I’d guessed the murderer and their motive so it was a nice surprise when it turned out I was completely wrong! I love when that happens; I think it’s the mark of a truly good thriller.
Far From You is not what I was expecting at all going into it and that’s one of the reasons I loved it as much as I did. It’s definitely one of those books that you want to go into knowing as little as possible which is why I’ve kept quite a bit to myself in this review. If you’re a fan of emotional reads full of secrets and complex relationships then you won’t want to miss this brilliant debut.
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