She’s on the hunt for a missing woman, but she’s being hunted herself.
Clare is on the run. From her past, from her husband, from her own secrets. When she arrives in the remote mining town of Blackmore asking about Shayna Fowles, a local girl who disappeared, everyone wants to know who Clare really is and what she’s hiding. Everyone in Blackmore is hiding something, but Clare more than most, including what ties her to Shayna in the first place.
Mysteries around Shayna’s disappearance abound - did she flee? Was she killed? Is it possible she’s still alive? As Clare unravels the truth, she must also come face-to-face with her own demons and confront what she’s really running from.
A tense and gripping mystery from bestselling author Amy Stuart, perfect for fans of Liz Nugent and Lisa Gray.
Praise for Still Mine
‘An impressive debut, rooted in character rather than trope, in fundamental understanding rather than rote puzzle-solving.’ The Globe and Mail
‘Stuart is a sensitive writer who has given Clare a painful past and just enough backbone to bear it.’ New York Times
‘A gripping page-turner, with a plot that takes hold of you and drags you through the story at breakneck speed. The characters are compelling, the setting chilling and the suspense ever-present.’ Toronto Star
‘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.’ Vancouver Sun
‘Twisty and swift, Amy Stuart’s Still Mine is a darkly entertaining mystery machine. But what will really surprise you is the emotional foundation on which it has been built.’ Andrew Pyper, bestselling author of The Homecoming
‘Still Mine delivers all the nail-biting moments of a fast-paced thriller and filters them through the eyes of girl-with-a-past Clare O’Dey: deeply flawed yet instantly recognizable, O’Dey is a noir detective hero for a postmodern age. Author Amy Stuart sends one missing woman out to look for another one, and the result is chilling. You’ll find yourself turning the pages faster and faster.’ Elisabeth De Mariaffi, author of The Devil You Know
‘An intricately woven thriller. . . . You’ll want desperately to solve the mystery not only of the missing Shayna, but of Clare O’Dey, Amy Stuart’s heartbreaking heroine, on the run from the darkest forces both within and without. . . A vivid and haunting debut.’ Holly LeCraw, author of The Swimming Pool
‘From its evocative opening to its heart-pounding conclusion, Still Mine is a gripping mystery that I felt desperate to solve... A tense and absorbing read.’ Lucy Clarke author of The Castaways
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Amy Stuart opens a new series for private investigator Clare O’Dey with Still Mine, and it’s a thrilling maiden outing. The slow-burning caper is enhanced by the mystery surrounding O’Dey's chequered past, and the subjects of her investigation into the disappearance of a local girl. Clare turns up at the remote town of Blackmore, on the run from her recent past, and begins her search in earnest; not without drawing the ire of locals. Who is she? And why is she here? The answers arrive as tensions build in the quiet mining town. Fans of nail-biting suspense will revel in the twists and turns of this evocative thriller.
In Canadian author Stuart's dark and deliciously disturbing debut, enigmatic Malcolm Boon hires Clare O'Dey, who has run away from her husband, to come to the remote mining town of Blackmore (in what could be either Canada or the U.S.) and search for Shayna Fowles, who disappeared three weeks earlier. Clare and Shayna have much in common. Both women were drug users and trapped in loveless, violent marriages; they even resemble each other, and their husbands are likewise similar. Vanishing and using another name was easy for Clare, who wonders if Shayna did the same. Moving into a ramshackle trailer next to Shayna's parents' home, Clare becomes involved with local drug dealer Charlie Merritt, single mom Sara Gorman, and Shayna's ex-husband. Secrets abound in this mountain town, which has been dying since a tragedy shuttered the local mine. Clare doesn't know whom to trust, including Boon, who's working on behalf of an unknown client. Stuart's perceptive look at addiction, abuse, and obsession will resonate with fans of psychological thrillers.
The first free book that I have rated the maximum. Well written, clever story line, good twists. The grammar is good, which is rare in so many books today.