Still Mine – Review
by Amy Stuart
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU VANISH FROM YOUR LIFE AND LEAVE NO STORY BEHIND?
SOMEONE WILL MAKE ONE UP FOR YOU.
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.
Amy Stuart is a new to me author, whose debut novel is Still Mine. I enjoyed many aspects of this book; however, I feel like it fell short.
This book has been compared to The Girl on the Train. Now, I haven’t read that book, but I did hear that The Girl on the Train is compared to Gone Girl. I read Gone Girl and was extremely satisfied, even with the huge ‘WTF’ ending. I’m thinking The Girl on the Train is basically the same, in terms of the ending. But Still Mine is not. There is no way I would compare Still Mine to Gone Girl – I do have to admit I pretty much saw the ending of Still Mine coming from a mile away.
While I did have no idea where the plot was leading, I just didn’t feel the thriller aspect of Still Mine. It definitely as a certain mystery to it, but I feel like labeling it with the term ‘thriller’ is stretching it a bit.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the plot (and I loved the writing style). It just fell short. It just didn’t do it for me. I really wish it did. Oh how I wish I felt differently. I was hooked; yet it was not a ‘hook, line, and sinker’ type of book.
On a better note, I loved Clare. I sympathized with her. She is a strong woman, I will give her that. But I think if you’re going to disappear, change more than your last name. Just saying.
*I received a copy from Touchstone (Simon & Schuster) in exchange for my honest review.
Amy Stuart’s first novel, Still Mine, was recently released with Simon & Schuster Canada and is forthcoming with Touchstone Books in the US.
Currently at work on the sequel to Still Mine, Amy’s writing has previously appeared in Exile Quarterly, the Vanderbilt CVC Anthology, Freefall Magazine and the Globe and Mail. She won the 2011 Writers’ Union of Canada Short Fiction Competition and was a finalist for the 2012 Vanderbilt/Exile Award. In 2012, Amy completed her MFA in Creative Writing through UBC under the mentorship of writer Lisa Moore. When not writing, she is a guidance counsellor at an alternative high school.
Amy was born in Toronto where she still lives with her husband and their three sons. Aside from writing, she loves hockey. Ice hockey.
Have any of you read Still Mine? Would you compare it to the two books I listed?
- September 5, 2016
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