Still Mine - Amy Stuart | Book Review

Pages: 320, Paperback
Publication date: March 1, 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Canada
How I got the copy: Received from the publisher
Rating:  3/5 stars

The Girl on the Train meets The Silent Wife in this taut psychological thriller.



Clare is on the run.

From her past, from her ex, 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 golden-haired 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.

This book is being targeted as a psychological thriller between The Girl on the Train and The Silent Wife. I haven't read The Silent Wife but I've read The Girl on the Train and I agree to the point that I didn't love either of these books. I expected more thrill and more suspense that would keep me on my toes. Before finishing the book I already knew the suspects were between two characters and I felt it was more obvious closer to the end. I enjoyed Still Mine but I'd consider it to be an average 
psychological thriller. 

Clare has run away from her husband and life. And the book starts with Clare heading to Blackmore to "investigate" a case of a missing women, Shayna. Both women have struggled with addition and coincidentally Clare is sent to town to snoop around and mingle with the town folk. Easily enough Clare falls into the drug scene in Blackmore and quickly discovers information, that I suppose the police failed to discover, that helps her uncover what has happened to Shayna. There are bits in the story about how the police just assume Shayna has runway from her life (coincidentally exactly what our main character did) and no one in town really cares? With the exception of her parents. 

There's a bit of an odd love interest with Shayna's ex-husband. He's suspected by the community of possibly killing his wife but Clare doesn't seem to mind. Was the love interest necessary, though? With the ending I'm not sure why there was a love interest anyways. 

Clare has a lot of balls during the entire story, which I really enjoyed. She's a very strong female character and doesn't need help from anyone to survive, even after being a victim of domestic abuse. 

Still Mine takes place in a span of a week and I feel a lot happened within a short span of time. I'm not sure if the time frame affected how I enjoyed the book because of how much happened and how easy it was for Clare to be accepted in Blackmore. Especially when the town was said to be a very secretive town that don't like outsiders. I felt it was just too easy for Clare to get to the core of this towns secrets in a week's time.

It was a little bit confusing to differentiate from both narratives. Before each new day there was a stream of consciousness narrative from an unknown source. There's no indication who it's from and it took me a second before figuring out who's perspective I was reading from. The only sections dividing this book are the days of the week. There isn't a "Clare" title to differentiate when the narrative switched to Clare for the first time. There's only a illustration of a tree to separate these narratives. 

I'd recommend this book to those who enjoy psychological thrillers.


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