book review :: far from you by tess sharpe

27 March 2014

Title: Far From You
Author: Tess Sharpe
Publisher: Orion
Publication Date: March 27th 2014
Pages: 352
Book: For Review*
Format: Cover ARC
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Mystery, Crime, Thriller
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Summary: 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? - goodreads
This book creeped me out, and it definitely didn't help that i read it at night, with the dark closing in all around me and visions of Mina's killer filling my mind...The author wrote with such a vivid thread of words and dialogue, and created such realistic characters it was as if they came alive before my eyes instead of within my imagination. It felt like they were in the room with me and when i had finished, i didn't want to get out of bed and switch all the lights of..
TIP #1 : it's not a good idea to read the entire book while everyone else is asleep, and then have the responsibility of shutting off all the lights in the house and making sure the doors are locked when all you want to do is borrow under your duvet so the murderer can't get to you.. 
I constantly felt sorry for Trev, he was so kind and caring and thoughtful and broken and it made me want to fix him, or at the very least, get Sophie to fix him. But she never did however much I hoped, and I SHIPPED THEM SO HARD. (why the various people who were attracted to her were attracted to her. Sometimes, i felt a little annoyed with her attitude towards things, for example, she was such an addict - in more ways that one. She was/had been obsessed with Mina, she acknowledged it herself. She was like a blind follower, a sheep who never backed her up, covered for her, did whatever she did. However her flaws did have one big benefit - they made her more realistic.
The actual murder mystery was quite stereotypical (i thought anyway.) Nearly all the crime books i have previously read have had pretty much the same reasons for the killer's motive, the girl always goes missing for the same reason, so i would have liked Jackie to have gone missing for a more 'unique' reason. I could almost have predicted what had happened to her before i read it.
TIP #2 : don't go into this book looking for a solid, murder mystery. because in my opinion you won't get it. the book for me was about the different relationships between characters, and that was the most riveting and interesting aspect of the book - not the murder, or the mystery surrounding it. the book is like two books mashed together in a way, one a crime book, one a book about a tangled web of relationships that intertwine and rip and form and how they change the character's lives - the latter being the much stronger.
Which brings me to another point, Mina's killer. I didn't realize but i picked out the killer almost straight away. I guessed who he/she (#casuallytryingnottogiveawayanyspoilers) was immediately. Why? Because it was the automatic choice for a person who has read a few crime books and knows the kind of person an author creates to be the killer. I can't stay more because i don't want to give anything away but for me it was a bit of a stereotypical killer (although apparently EVERYONE else disagrees with me and says it wasn't obvious at all..i must just be amazingly clever..) and although at one point i 'switched' suspect, i would have liked it to have been more complicated to work out.
However, after saying all that, ultimately i didn't really mind that some aspects of the book were obvious because Far From You engrossed me from the very beginning. Tess Sharpe has a talent for creating realistic characters and chills down your spine. She has written a very promising debut and while i probably won't read it again (i never re-read murder/crime books because i am a wimp) i absolutely cannot wait to see what she produces next. My rating: 1/2
*thank you so so so so much to the lovely Nina from Orion for sending me this free of charge in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion.

5 comments:

  1. I usually end up reading creepy books at night, when everyone in my house is asleep too. Not the best of ideas... Ack! The best thing in the world is when you can't guess the guilty person and it comes as a COMPLETE surprise - yet, obviously it makes sense. ;) It kinda sucks when you guess straight away. :3 Glad the character relationships were a great quality of the book!

    Great review! :D

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  2. Haha, reading scary books at night is a habit of mine ;) Definitely adds to the book, though! Sounds like the romance was a big positive-I love a couple I can really get behind and fall in love with. That's interesting that you predicted the killer, I usually can as well but now I'm really wondering if I would be able to!

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  3. Aaaah such a pretty GIF-y cover but I think I love the Disney Hyperion cover more.
    The premise is definitely intriguing and a lot of bloggers seem to have loved it so I think I'll add this one to ever growing wishlist! ;)

    Tess Sharpe has a talent for creating realistic characters and chills down your spine.

    That's exactly how I felt when I read Kendare Blake's Anna Dressed in Blood! Super creepy!

    Brilliantly reviewed, Hawwa! :)

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  4. It creeps me out how if you hover over the jacket GIF you can see the block quote behind it. What kind of magic is that. Fabulouseh review Awwah ;P

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  5. Sounds like a really interesting book. I've heard so many great things about this and this review has just added to that long list. Definitely wouldn't read it at night though haha.

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