April 8, 2014
Hardcover, 352 pgs
Source: egalley from publisher
About The Book:
Sophie Winters nearly died. Twice.
The first time, she's fourteen, and escapes a near-fatal car accident with scars, a bum leg, and an addiction to Oxy that'll take years to kick.
The second time, she's seventeen, and it's no accident. Sophie and her best friend Mina are confronted by a masked man in the woods. Sophie survives, but Mina is not so lucky. When the cops deem Mina's murder a drug deal gone wrong, casting partial blame on Sophie, no one will believe the truth: Sophie has been clean for months, and it was Mina who led her into the woods that night for a meeting shrouded in mystery.
After a forced stint in rehab, Sophie returns home to a chilly new reality. Mina's brother won't speak to her, her parents fear she'll relapse, old friends have become enemies, and Sophie has to learn how to live without her other half. To make matters worse, no one is looking in the right places and Sophie must search for Mina's murderer on her own. But with every step, Sophie comes closer to revealing all: about herself, about Mina and about the secret they shared.
I was shocked to find how deeply this book moved me. Far From You is a haunting tale that settles into your bones. Sophie is a character that is so dynamic and grows beyond imagination as the story unfolds. I was impressed with the authors ability to mold a character that shed so many skins but still felt honest.
Mina is also an astounding character, even when she is told from a rose tinted pair of glasses.
I loved the back and forth in time that this book is formatted- it adds to the mystery and helps to captivate the audience. I was also surprised by the ending and thrilled that I wasn't able to pinpoint where the author was going until the very end. The story's unpredictability kept the story moving and the twists exciting.
The depth of character and the magnitude of the story overall made this an enjoyable, thrilling, entertaining, and breathtaking read.
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