Still Mine A Novel by Amy Stuart REVIEW


Still Mine A Novel by Amy Stuart

– The Globe and Mail



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.



This novel is about a woman named Clare who is on the run from her past, from her husband and from many secrets. She appears at a remote mining town called Blackmore inquiring about a girl name Shayna that is missing. Clare uncovers many mysteries about Shayna’s disappearance and she also deals with her own problems and issues. She gets caught up in a few things in Blackmore but her past truly haunts her and at the same time she has to deal with finding what happened to Shayna.

I found the book to have a slow start. I like the development of the characters and the story but it was slow paced.  I like the relationship between the characters especially Clare, Malcolm and Louise. I found Clare to be very brave and caring.  The people of Blackmore have been hurt and have experienced loss. Their  emotions run deep in their blood and Clare’s presence stirs many things. The story moves forward because of Claire.  The character of Clare has gone through so much in her past it amazes me to see her go through more emotional challenges and changes in Blackmore.

It’s a good story and I wonder what will happen to Clare in the future. I wonder what will happen to all the characters in the future.I give this novel a 3 out of 5  because it is well written, the story is good and the characters very well developed and believable. After completing the novel I’m left thinking about the characters and what the future holds for them. This is a good sign that the story affected me. The novel has many moments that are dark and melancholic. There are many emotions and friction  that happen between the characters and it is really engaging as the reader.I truly wonder how her life will end up. I think she wonders the same thing.

You should definitely give this book a read!

I totally recommend it!

Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada

Simon & Schuster | 320 pages | ISBN 9781476790428 | March 2016


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