far from you

Title: Far From You
Author: Tess Sharpe
Release Date: 04/08/2014
Reviewed by: Emily

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?

I’m normally not a fan of mystery novels, but this one is so much more than just a whodunnit. It has so much heart. Sophie isn’t a wily young detective but a recovering OxyContin addict with an inquiring mind. Mina isn’t a dead angel, but a girl who tries to hide from her reality and goes too far, too fast.  Also, the book portrays a romantic relationship between two girls. They have to hide their relationship, which is stressful, but Mina isn’t killed because of it. I like how their relationship is written because their sexuality doesn’t define them, nor is it the central issue. It’s just there, part of their life, just like a heterosexual relationship would be written. Like any good mystery novel, the book keeps you guessing until the last few pages. I would recommend this to any mystery fan and to those on the fence about the genre. It’s a great story!