Still Mine by Amy StuartStill Mine by Amy Stuart

Still Mine

byAmy Stuart

Paperback | March 1, 2016

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

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.
Title:Still MineFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:March 1, 2016Publisher:Simon & SchusterLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from gritty thriller There are lots of intriguing twists in this thriller featuring a heroine who is on the run from her past while trying to uncover the secrets behind a tragedy in a mountain mining town.
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this I like the small mining town with its interesting people. Clare is a brave girl playing a dangerous game.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good! I really enjoyed this book! It was a very quick and interesting read that held my attention throughout.
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED this book! I couldn't put this book down! I was hooked from the start. It keeps you guessing all the way through... right to the end!
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED this book! This book had me hooked right until the end! The story makes you think of so many different outcomes, would wont predict how it is going to end! Trigger warnings for anyone who has suffered through domestic violence, or pill addictions.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best in the genre! Absolutely amazing book. One of the best in the genre, in my opinion. I could not put this book down from page 1. The story still lingers months later, and I have been trying to find a book of equal quality since. 100% recommend this book. Great storyline, and it had me guessing right until the very end. The characters are well imagined and relatable; a very interesting ensemble. I can’t wait to read more from this author.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good read This was a pretty good read. It was intriguing to follow the character of Clare and the mystery that surrounded her.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't put it down very good book. many different aspects that come and surprise you
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addictive! I found myself immersed in the story; I was worried for Clare, scared for her, nervous with her.. and I simply could not put it down. I'm hoping there will be a sequel!
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read! I liked that this book was set in a small mountain town. The characters were very likeable, especially the main character Clare. Definitely kept me guessing until the end, I breezed through this book.
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good suspenseful novel Still Mine is well written and suspenseful. I would definitely recommend it.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good. This book was good. Definitely a page turner however I do remember getting a bit lost in the story line couple of times.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just OK The book was fairly repetitive and you didn't really learn a lot of new information until the last half of the book so it was hard to get into. But generally the mystery was interesting and detailed, although I think it could have ended differently.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good mystery Very enjoyable read. You could feel the fear the main character has and you spend time rooting for her to keep her exisistance secret.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mediocre Just finished this novel! There was definitely something gripping about the plot, as I had a hard time putting the book down, but it didn't quite measure up to what it could have. Still worth a read.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not thrilling enough This novel didn't live up to all the hype.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Thrilling I thoroughly enjoyed this book; there were some interesting twists and turns.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book I had seen mixed reviews for this book but I was not disappointed! It had me engrossed within a few minutes. Did not put it down until it was finished!
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just okay Didn't live up to the hype for me
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Didn't hate it, didn't love it. The main character was able to easily get into everyones life even though the town she was looking for clues in was supposed to be very secretive and didn't like outsiders. It was all a little bit convenient.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Underwhelmed I was a bit disappointed in this novel and how it was very lackluster throughout- kept thinking something BIG was going to happen but there was none of that- not a great read
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great The way it ends you know their will be a sequel! Will pick that one up for sure
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from meh... the title tries to be a pun, about him thinking she is "still mine" while taking place is a "mine that is empty and still"... that's the most clever part of the book...
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not what I was hoping for This book didn't do anything for me. I did finish it, but I never enjoyed it. It was easy to figure out very early on. Not much of a suspense story for me.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good book It was a good book overall. Some parts were really dull but it was still enjoyable.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book This book was definitely one I couldn't put down but there were some spots were I was tempted to stop reading.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from To Real I have mixed feelings about this story, while I felt I was missing something, and not understanding what was going on, I felt compelled to keep turning pages, The words flew off the pages, and the book was read in no time at all. Clare is running from an abusive husband, how abusive you are about to find out, and I had the feeling that if he finds her he will kill her. The man he hires to find her, Malcolm is good at his job and has her in his sight in no time, but he soon has her working for him? She ends up in a small, really small mine town, and looks like a missing woman from there, a town that is really broken, from a mine disaster and drugs. What a place for her to end up in with her drug problem, but it appears she has not choice. We visit with the mother of this girl, a person in the throes of dementia, rational at times, but lost. The mother talks of seeing her daughter yesterday, but did she, or the dementia talking. Keep reading, you really won’t be able to stop once you start, an explosive end and surprises, and we end on the biggest surprise of all. I received this book through the Publisher Simon and Schuster and was not required to give a positive review.
Date published: 2016-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Love Love Honestly could not put this book down! I was kept guessing right up to the end and was so upset when it was over. Definitely a good summer read!
Date published: 2016-07-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Suspenseful This was a good read. Not the best I've read but a good read.
Date published: 2016-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing and led by a kicka**, determined woman I want to start off by saying, Clare is such a great character. We get to know pieces of her background story throughout the novel - she's dealt with abuse in the past and has been lucky enough and resourceful enough to get herself out of that situation. Now, Clare is so determined to find out where the missing woman is. Even when Malcolm (the mysterious stranger who hired her) is ready to give up on Shayna's case and move on, Clare persists, wanting to know exactly what happened to her. She trusts her instincts and they're usually right. I love books about small towns because you tend to get an in-depth look at what happens when a small group of people are in such close proximity for most of their lives. Not only is Blackmore a small town, it's also a mining town. This affects the town dynamics, especially in a place like Blackmore where there's been a mine disaster. That kind of tragedy can either bring a small town together or tear it apart. Still Mine definitely addresses these small town issues in a big way - and adds a whole lot of drama and suspense. The story takes place over the course of one week and, as you can imagine, there's a lot of info to be learned in such a short amount of time. All the new information that came up kept me intrigued throughout, and built so much tension. The end was particularly well-written, with all that tension coming to a head and the story coming full circle.
Date published: 2016-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An engrossing, character-driven, atmospheric, debut thriller! Clare O’Dey is a runaway wife. She has taken very little with her, but she has tons of ‘baggage’. still mineClare is running from her abusive husband – and running from herself… On the road in an old, unreliable and unregistered car – she heads west. She takes a temporary job waiting tables in a diner. Where she is ‘found’ by Malcolm Boon. Malcolm had been hired to find her, but after hearing her story, he agrees to her working for him to find another woman who is missing. She has one week to find Shayna Fowles. A woman with many similarities to Clare. A woman of her age, who resembles her in looks, who has a drug problem. She is to go to the town where Shayna lived and was last seen. Blackmore, a town aptly named due to the dour atmosphere of a mining town without a mine. An insular mountain town poisoned by the very mine that was its lifeblood. A town as black as the coal it once mined. Five years ago there was a mine explosion which claimed the lives of many of the town’s men. Now the mine is ‘still’. An atmospheric setting – rife with tension, tragedy, and family feuds – the town shares its sense of desperation and hopelessness with the reader. When Clare arrives in the town she finds that the motel is no longer in business so she rents an Airstream trailer in the woods. As the days pass she finds herself to be drawn into the community. She seems to ‘fit’ in this town that, like her, has a tragic history. Curiously, not only does she resemble Shayna in looks (even Shayna’s mother who is suffering from dementia sometimes mistakes her for her missing daughter); but Charlie Merrit, the local drug dealer (who just happens to be her landlord), reminds her of the abusive husband she left behind… Can she resist temptation? The reader gets to know a little of the missing Shayna’s story through periodic journal entries scattered throughout the novel. The mystery of Shayna’s fate is eclipsed only by the mystery that is Clare. As she parties around the campfire at the mountain gorge where Shayna was last seen will she discover what happened to Shayna, or, will she put herself in mortal danger? Still Mine is an engrossing, character-driven psychological thriller. It was a study in how people cope with the unimaginable tragedy that is life - and the accuracy of memory. Also, it examined the idea that one impetuous choice can affect the rest of your life. Clare’s character is mysterious throughout. The reader keeps turning pages to discover little clues to her very damaged past. I loved how the title fit the novel perfectly with the double meanings of the words ‘still mine’. With an ending that ties up this novel and segues into the next, it is an excellent debut and beginning of a series! Thanks to Simon and Schuster Canada for providing me with a paperback copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This review was originally posted on my blog: Fictionophile
Date published: 2016-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Debut novel 3.5 Still Mine is Amy Stuart's debut novel. Clare is on the run - from a past that slowly comes to light as the story progresses. She is on her way to a rundown, remote mining town called Blackmore. Why? She's there at the direction of a man named Malcolm - to see if she can discover anything about a missing local woman named Shayna. Stuart is spare with details in the beginning - it absolutely ensures the reader will keep turning pages, eager to see who and why. And I did, but I felt a wee bit annoyed at the pacing of it. Malcolm is alluded to many times, without any idea of who he is and why Clare is following his directions until we're a fair ways into the book. The setting was good - dark, atmospheric and totally mirroring the tone and plot of the book. It had the feel of a cross between Justified and Winter's Bone - rundown town off the beaten track, poverty, drugs, violence and simmering undercurrents. And I held onto that image as I read - it allowed me to ignore my pragmatic nature and not question Clare's decisions. Her past seems to let her easily slip into the town's underbelly. I did have a harder time with some of the other locals - why they 'adopted' her so fast. An old man letting a woman he just met look after his dementia stricken wife alone was a bit of stretch for me. There are two stories running concurrently through Still Mine - Clare's and Shayna's. Journal entries interspersed between chapters give the reader a good idea what has happened to Shayna even as Clare continues to try to find her. Although Shayna's disappearance is at the centre of the plot, I found myself much more invested in Clare's story. I liked that I couldn't predict what was going to happen next in Still Mine. Stuart keeps the reader guessing right to the end. And the ending was perfect - opening up the door to the sequel that Stuart is working on - and I will be watching for. The title is very clever - no spoilers, but it can be taken two ways.
Date published: 2016-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Let me just say this: the ending gave me chills! What really made this book unique was the beautiful descriptions of the small mountain town in which the story was set. I read so many books set in cities, and it was really refreshing to read about such a unique setting. It was also really interesting to read about a town in the aftermath of a great tragedy. It really is astonishing how easily a once prosperous place can become a ghost town when the main industry is taken away. I thought the main protagonist, Clare, was really well written, with her faults and flaws perfectly executed in a way that made me hate her and like her at the same time. You couldn't help but empathize with her, while at the same time yelling at her for being so stupid! The backstory of her and her (view spoiler) made her actions all the more believable, and really gave her some great motivations and depth. Overall, a really great read! A solid story with great characters and a beautiful backdrop. Highly recommend :)
Date published: 2016-03-01

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Still Mine With the moonless sky, Clare doesn’t see the mountains closing in. But then the road begins to rise and she knows she’s driving through the foothills, then come the switchbacks and the hum and pop in her ears, and finally the peaks and shadows, blank spots in the ceiling of stars. By dawn the mountains crowd the long vista of her rearview mirror, she is deep among them, and Clare guesses she’s covered nearly six hundred miles since sunset. Drive west into the mountains, Malcolm said. Then cut north to Blackmore. Clare climbs one last hairpin turn before signs of life pepper the roadside, peeling billboards first, then a scattering of ramshackle buildings. Her car lurches and revs, the ascent of this narrow road too much for its old engine. She passes a sign hammered right into rock: WELCOME TO BLACKMORE: ­POPULATION 2500, the word zero spray-painted across it in black. The road flattens out and Clare reaches the row of storefronts that marks the town proper. Most of them are shuttered with plywood, the main strip devoid of cars and people. Beyond the lone stoplight Clare finds the motel. She turns in and parks. Weeds grow through cracks in the asphalt, the motel L-shaped and bent around an empty swimming pool, its neon sign unlit. The barrenness washes over Clare, eerie and surreal, like a movie set built and then abandoned. Panic cuts through her, a grip tight around her chest, the coffee she’d picked up at a gas station hours ago still whirring through her veins. The folder Malcolm gave Clare sits on the passenger seat. She flips it open. On top is a news article dated ten days ago: “Blackmore Woman Missing Since Tuesday.” Next to the text is a grainy photograph of a gaunt and unsmiling woman named Shayna Fowles. Clare examines the photo. They are roughly the same age, their hair the same deep brown, their skin fair, alike in certain features only. Is she imagining the resemblance, imposing herself on this woman? This is your job, Malcolm said. You will go to Blackmore. See what you can find. The car fills with the dampness of the outside air. Clare leans back against the headrest and closes her eyes. She thinks of Malcolm across from her in that diner booth, sliding the folder over to her, his own meal untouched. She had wanted only to get away from him, and Blackmore was the option on offer. Now she must gather herself up, muster the nerve to introduce herself to strangers, tell them her name, or at least the name Malcolm chose for her. Clare grips the dewy handle of the car door and lifts her backpack. Though she hasn’t worn her wedding ring in months, her finger still bears its dent. Time to go. At the motel reception Clare rings the bell once, then again when no one comes. She can hear the muffled din of a TV. Behind the desk the room keys hang in a neat row. Black mold snakes around the windows and patches the carpet in the corners. “Hello?” Clare’s voice barely rises above a whisper. Nothing. In her exhaustion, Clare cannot decide what to do next. At dawn, she’d pulled in to a lakeside rest area, walking straight past the picnic tables and the outhouse, wading thigh deep into the lake, catatonic, transfixed by the vast, jagged landscape of snow-peaked mountains. A foreign land. She’d hoped to take a warm shower. Malcolm told her about this motel. Clare slams her hand down hard on the bell. The door at the far end of the office opens. A man in his sixties peers through, wiping his mouth with a napkin. “We look open to you?” He tosses the napkin over his shoulder. “The door was unlocked.” “We’re closed.” The man is gray haired and rosy cheeked. An old family portrait hangs on the wall to his right, a younger version of him the beaming father to two red-haired boys, his hand resting proudly on his pretty wife’s shoulder. “If the rooms are still standing,” Clare says, “maybe I could just—” “I’m closed.” Clare nods. “I’ve never seen you before,” he says. “I’ve never been here before.” “You a reporter?” “No.” “A cop?” “No. I’m not a cop. I’m just here to see the mountains.” “Huh. Right.” “I take pictures.” “Pictures. Of what?” “Landscapes, mostly. Anything off the beaten track.” “No one around here likes getting their picture taken,” he says, his voice flat. “Like I said. Landscapes. Not people.” Clare pauses. “Is there another place in town I could stay?” “No.” Clare gropes through her bag for her car keys. Just arrived and already she’s failed at her first task. This motel might have been busy once, when Blackmore was still a bustling mining town, when there were jobs for everyone, money to go around, people to visit. Maybe this man’s sons had been miners. Maybe they were underground five years ago when the mine blew up and killed three dozen of Blackmore’s men. Clare detects a slight softening in the motel owner, his shoulders relaxing. He peels himself off the wall and approaches the desk. “We had a bad melt in the spring,” he says. “All twenty rooms flooded. I’ve barely had a customer in months. Even if I wanted to, I couldn’t help you.” “It’s okay,” Clare says. “I’ll figure something out.” “There are plenty of mountain towns. You could pick another one.” “I could,” Clare says. Already her story feels like too much of a ruse, arriving in Blackmore alone and unannounced. On the drive she’d anticipated the questions the attendant just asked of her. Who are you? Why are you here? She’d rehearsed her answers. She and Malcolm had been hasty in picking photography as her cover, the one skill in her thin repertoire now ringing false on delivery. The attendant walks around and props the door open to usher her out. “Turn around,” he says. “Drive back down the hill. That’s my advice.” Clare retraces her steps to the car. The mountains are cloaked in low clouds, Blackmore’s main road fogged from view. She hears the bolt of the office door behind her. Clare knew full well the reception here would be cold. She grew up in a small town beset by the same woes as Blackmore. She remembers the way her neighbors closed rank when strangers turned up, all prying eyes unwelcome. Who knows what the motel owner sees when he looks at Clare? Maybe he knew Shayna Fowles, maybe his sons were friends with her. Maybe it rattles him, one woman gone missing and another turning up out of nowhere, a stranger in his midst.

Editorial Reviews

“Author Amy Stuart has created a likable heroine, complete with some pretty serious flaws. Between Clare and the other characters of Blackmore, the story is both haunting and compelling.”