Grades 9-12 Debut novelist Sharpe attempts a delicate balancing act between past and present in this murder mystery about secrets and truth. The story begins with the crime, which is then unraveled by our narrator, Sophie, as she describes how she got to the point where her best friend, Mina, was murdered. Sophie alternates between telling her current story and relating past events, starting with the car accident three years before, which ravaged her physically and led to an OxyContin addiction. It will not take the reader long to realize that Sophie and Mina were not only best friends but in love with each other; Sophie’s heartbreak is as much about this as it is about Mina’s death. Despite Sophie’s eagerness to find the killer, the hunt for him feels a bit abandoned as past events are continually revisited and analyzed. Fortunately, Sharpe’s writing is beautiful and her characters are fully realized, which should carry readers through to the book’s sorrowful finale. -- Dean, Kara (Reviewed 05-01-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 17, p53)
Far From You by Tess Sharpe
"After Sophie Winters survives a brutal attack in which her best friend, Mina, is murdered, she sets out to find the killer. At the same time she must prove she is free of her past Oxy addiction and in no way to blame for Mina's death"--.