STILL MINE by Amy Stuart

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Source: Kindle purchase
Rating: ★★★★

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 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.

STILL MINE. First of all, the title. When I finished this book, it dawned on me that the title has two different meanings in relation to the story. I was so fixated on one that I almost missed the other. Clever!

Clare is running from an abusive husband. In a strange turn of events, she ends up in the remote mountain town of Blackmore, hired to find a missing woman named Shayna. The locals don’t buy Clare’s cover story at first, but her troubled past allows her to fit in better than she’d hoped. Maybe too well for her own good.

It was easy to get wrapped up in Shayna’s mysterious disappearance, and also Clare’s turbulent life. The tone throughout the book was dark and ominous, giving it an ever-present edge of suspense. It was hard to tell which characters were trustworthy, including Clare herself. Something at the end made me question her… Reliable? Unreliable? I’m not quite sure. I hope there’s a sequel.