Book Title: Still Mine
Author: Amy Stuart
Series: Untitled #1
Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Psychological Thriller
Date Read: 10/15/16
Pub Date: 08/16/16
Clare is on the run.
From her past, from her husband, and from her own secrets. When she turns up alone in the remote mining town of Blackmore asking about Shayna Fowles, the local girl who disappeared, everyone wants to know who Clare really is and what she’s hiding. As it turns out, she’s hiding a lot, including what ties her to Shayna in the first place. But everyone in this place is hiding something—from Jared, Shayna’s secretive ex-husband, to Charlie, the charming small-town drug pusher, to Derek, Shayna’s overly involved family doctor, to Louise and Wilfred, her distraught parents.
Did Shayna flee? Was she killed? Is it possible she’s still alive?
As Clare uncovers the mysteries around Shayna’s disappearance, she must confront her own demons, moving us deeper and deeper into the labyrinth of lies and making us question what it is she’s really running from. Twisting and electrifying, this is a get-under-your-skin thriller that will make you question what it means to lose yourself and find yourself in the most unlikely places.
I must say, I’m rather shocked that the average rating for Still Mine is so low on Goodreads; I found it intriguing and rather well done for a debut. I suspect it’s due to marketing these days; if you can’t slap a phrase stating this psychological thriller is “the next Gone Girl” then it must not be worthy of reading. This book was NOT Gone Girl, but it was a fantastic read that can stand on it’s own two legs. I won’t keep harping about this because you all have heard it so many times *cue the eye rolls* so let’s move on to my actual thoughts of the book.
My Goodreads friend Esil nailed it when she said “…this one was all about atmosphere… In a sense, the story isn’t that important because as I said it’s all about the atmosphere.” Also, where she said “This is a dark, gritty book-it’s not particularly violent- but it’s full of troubled people leading nasty lives.” I couldn’t have summed it up better myself. The setting and aura that the author sets is pure genius; the atmosphere is almost a character in itself due to the oppressive, dark nature it casts over the book. I think the beautiful cover does a fantastic job of portraying the sense I’m trying to describe. The characters aren’t likable and the tension is high; I kept thinking about it when I had to put it aside for life things. Clare does a good job of holding our attention throughout; she’s mysterious and her actions are confusing but intriguing until we start to catch on to what is going on. There was definitely a huge cliffhanger at the end that left me immediately wanting to read the sequel which the author is currently drafting! This wasn’t a long read, so it would be perfect for a fall/winter weekend escape.
*Many thanks to the author and Touchstone Books for my copy; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review and hope to do the same for the sequel! 🙂