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?
Description taken from Goodreads.
This was a DNF for me, somewhere around 240 pages.
First thing that’s annoying about this book. This book is narrated in Sophie’s point of view, and she basically repeats the sentence “I’m stuck here and Mina’s killer is walking free.” over and over again before Sharpe finally gets to the actual issue of Mina. The entire book is slow paced and drags a little bit, which was disappointing for a murder mystery, but that part especially was annoying. I can only hear Mina’s killer is walking free. Mina’s killer is walking free. Mina’s killer is walking free. so many times before I start to get really annoyed.
Then there was the thing I didn’t know before going into this book. Don’t worry–it’s not any kind of spoiler since it’s blatantly apparent and the entire point of this book. Mina and Sophie were in a relationship. This is an LGBT story. Sophie’s bisexual and Mina’s a lesbian. Mina wanted to hide because she was scared of what people would think, but Sophie was totally okay with coming out.
And Mina’s killer is walking free.
I don’t usually seek out LGBT stories, so this was a surprise.
The real issue I had with this book having to do with the LGBT issues in it though really wasn’t connected to the LGBT side to it at all. To read about my preferences when it comes to LGBT stories though, you should read this review from my friend Alyssa @ The Eater of Books about FAR FROM YOU. I have the same opinion as her when it comes to the romance of these stories. It was the fact that while Sophie was acting like some sort of brave, awesome, I-love-Mina-and-I-don’t-care, in reality she’s just a coward and a real jerk to Trevor, who’s Mina’s brother.
Oh, and Mina’s killer is walking free.
Trevor is the an awesome and cool guy–not to mention sweet to both his sister and Sophie–but she keeps leading him on, even going so far as to say that it *air quotes* would’ve been him, if not Mina.
No. No, no, no, no, no. That’s not how it works. You choose one or the other. You don’t just keep leading people on, toying with their emotions and who they are.
Oh yeah, and I have I mentioned that Mina’s killer is walking free?
You could say that I had a problem with the entire romance of this book. Yeah, you could say that. And you’d be right.
Since I DNFed, I have no idea who the killer is when it all boils down to it. That’s the thing though. I should know, because I should be having this burning desire to know, just for the sake of knowing. To figure it out. But I don’t want to, which speaks for how weak this murder mystery is. Sharpe makes too many mistakes drawing out scenes. The flashbacks between every single chapter were helpful, but boring. The mystery was weak here and there was too many plot opportunities wasted. I do have to say that I did like some of the characters–Macy, Trevor, a few of the supporting characters, but other than that I couldn’t stand this story. The premise was good, but the execution was terrible.
pg count for the paperback: 352