Saturday, May 14, 2016

Still Mine by Amy Stuart

4 Star


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?

Sabrina-Kate- 4 Star

I truly enjoy a good suspenseful book and this one was quite well written. I really dislike it when I can figure a book out before the ending and this one kept me guessing until the very end. I kept making assumptions about things and was not able to quite figure things out. I kept trying to guess, especially about the relationship between Clare and Shayna. One assumes that they were connected somehow or that they knew each other due to the way Clare speaks and thinks about her.

I still don't fully understand everything that happened or maybe I question why certain things happened as they don't necessarily make sense to me. I am not sure why Clare was so easily persuaded to go on this mission but I could definitely understand her need to escape her abusive husband.

The book was pretty dark and even made me feel uneasy at times. I was never quite sure who had what intention and even who could be trustworthy. To be honest, I even had my doubts still after finishing the book. I enjoyed that aspect because it makes me continue to think and ponder and hopefully that also means that there will be a sequel.

For a debut novel, it was pretty well thought out and had a lot of intriguing moments. Some parts were not as straightforward as I could hope that they would be so that is why I didn't give it a perfect rating. However, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it for anyone who likes this genre of story.

Thank you to Simon & Schuster for our review copy.  All opinions are our own.

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