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Still Mine

(Still #1)

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  4,179 ratings  ·  496 reviews
The Girl on the Train meets The Silent Wife in this taut psychological thriller.



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 disappear
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by Simon & Schuster (first published May 5th 2015)
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Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I'm not sure why the ratings on GR for Still Mine are relatively low. I hope it's not because the blurbs compare this book to The Girl on the Train and The Silent Wife. This comparison shtick that publishers use to promote books seems so unfair to emerging authors. It creates false expectations and sets perfectly good books up for unfair criticism.

So back to Still Mine... To me this one was all about atmosphere. At the beginning, Clare shows up in a very small town looking for a place to live. Q
Krystin Rachel
Welcome to Nopeville for the first annual Snoozefest!

Seriously, this was so boring. Definitely not for me.

I'd like to talk to whoever decided to market this is as a psychological thriller, and slapped the Girl on the Train buzz phrase on the cover. Like, Did you actually read the book, brah?

'Cause I did and...

What the hell was everyone else reading that they thought this was a 4 and 5 star thriller? Did I get the wrong book? Literally almost nothing happened but some random conversations and t
Diane S ☔
Mar 05, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 A woman turns up in the dying town of Blackmoor, she is on the run from someone, also sent by someone to find a missing woman. So for a while the reader doesn't know why she is willing to do this nor why. The town's mine had closed after a terrible accident which cost the lives of several miners. This also created a feud between those who lost family members and those who survived. The mining foreman is the missing woman's father. Without the mine to provide a living, many have left and some ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
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Date Read: 10/15/16
Pub Date: 08/16/16


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 h
ARC requested through Netgalley, and kindly provided by Touchstone Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

“When you don’t leave a clear story behind, Clare knows, someone will make one up for you.”

To set the tone for this book, I imagined an overcast, desolate, small town in the mountains, surrounded by trees. The ominous setting seemed to match the moods of everyone in this story, each living through their own tragedies. It felt like I was viewing everything through a filter, which I gu
Mar 20, 2018 rated it liked it
2.75 stars
That is one heck of a gorgeous cover! I started out really into the story, but I think I lost interest somewhere around the middle and I feel a bit mixed about the ending.
Diana • Book of Secrets
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.

So, 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
Lala BooksandLala
Mar 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller-mystery
A pretty average mystery/thriller, but the ending was quite good, I really hope there are plans to make this into a series.
”Who knows what sorts of people live here? The kind devoid of hope. The kind who refuse to leave a dying town. The kind who disappear.”

Synopsis: Someone goes missing, and someone’s supposed to find her, but you never find out what the hell is going on.

Where Ashes Grow Like Wheat: The one sole good thing about this book was how the author chose to write her settings. The story is set in an old mining town reminiscent to those in the Appalachian Mountains, though I’m pret
Jul 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, mystery
First off, there is no doubt that Amy Stuart can write. There is some beautiful prose in this. She successfully creates mood and atmosphere. The wordplay title is great. However, nice prose doesn't equal a good story.
This story is about Clare, a woman on the run from her past. For reasons that are slowly revealed, she ends up in the dying backwater town of Blackmore charged with the task of finding a missing woman, Shayna Fowles. It turns out Clare and Shayna have a lot in common.
The town of B
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 fin
Mar 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
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What an absolute bore.

Sorry to be harsh, but THIS BOOK SUCKS. I kept waiting for that moment you wait for when reading a book -- when the story clicks, grabs you, the moment you connect with the protagonist, or start to care about their struggle. Never happened.

Here's Prince giving the face I gave while reading this steamer:

And I'm not giving this even one star, because it doesn't deserve even that.
Judy D Collins
A smashing debut, Canadian Amy Stewart delivers STILL MINE - From drug addiction to spousal abuse, an old mine, hidden painful pasts, and dark secrets. An atmospheric, stark, isolated setting in the rural mountains, a strange tight-knit community, and a ruthless, fictional town of Blackmore.

From regrets, grit, intrigue, and suspense, and a cast of colorful, seedy, and eccentric mysterious characters; readers will be glued to the pages to uncover the mystery of two girls with similar pasts.

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Sheyla ✎

As soon as I started Still Mine, the creepy feeling hit me.

Claire is stopping by a small town to try to figure out what happened to Shayna Fowles. Shayna has disappeared and no one knows what happened to her. She was a junkie and now she is gone. Did the ex-husband kill her? Or did she leave town on her own. After all, Claire knows something about running away.

Claire left her abusive husband months ago and she has been on the run ever since. She's still afraid he can find her. Taking a job
I found this book extremely disappointing and expected so much better.
The initial plot had a lot of potential and could have been developed so much better. I get what other viewers said about being bored.
Clare has disappeared from her abusive husband and has been on the run for months not knowing that her husband Jason has hired someone to find her. And when he does find her, instead of letting Jason know he hires her to find another missing woman he was hired to find in exchange for not telli
Laura Rash
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Touchstone books for this copy!
Kind of a dark, mysterious, psychological thriller that keeps you asking where it's going til the end.
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Actual Rating: 3.5*
Trigger Warning in this one for drug use, abuse, and suicide mentions

This one was good, but it had some problems, in my opinion. I think because it focused so much on Clare and her problems and story more than Shayna and finding her that it took away from the mystery surrounding Shayna's disappearance. As well, the summary makes it seem as though Clare and Shayna have some sort of shared past, but
Apr 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
Did I miss something? I think this is the worst book I ever read. There was no mystery and in the end nothing mattered and you could care less about the characters. Just.... Nothing, this book had nothing!
Lori Twining
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
'Sometimes I dream of my escape.' What a fantastic first line of a novel.

Still Mine is full of suspense, building slowly over eight days, coming to an action-packed climax. I was hooked immediately by the mystery of the missing girl in Blackmore, and why Clare, the female protagonist was there searching for her, when she was running and hiding from her own dark, scary past. The story is full of unique small-town characters, each one telling lies, concealing secrets of their own, willing to go to
Apr 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
I kept reading thinking that it must get better because it has had so many good reviews. I was disappointed right to the end.
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
If you want an American backdrop that is otherworldly, and quite separate from what most folks think of when they think of America, you can't do much better than Alaska. It's about as close to Narnia as you're going to get with its terrain that's as perilous as it is pretty.

The protagonist, Clare, arrives in the remote town of Blackmore posing as a photographer and asking questions about a young missing woman named Shayna. Blackmore's residents seem content to chalk up the disappearance to drug
Ashley Gillan
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Two words: So. Creepy.

I can't understand how some people called this novel boring. I couldn't put it down.

It's an incredibly emotional novel not only because of the main character, Clare, but because of the supporting cast of small town misfits who are all connected by a single tragedy.

Clare is on the run, primarily from an abusive husband, but also (maybe) a checkered past. She accepts an assignment to investigate the disappearance of another young woman, Shayna. Shayna lived in Blackmore, a mo
Aug 10, 2016 rated it liked it
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
May 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
What a lame ending.

That's pretty much all I have to say for this one. The book was mediocre, the point of view distracting, the situations bizarre and unlikely. It did somehow manage to get me turning the pages, curious to see how it would all end, but then... it ended. Honestly, my heart was racing for the last few pages. Something was going to happen! Something dramatic! I could feel it! It would make up for all the unanswered questions, the random hints that lead to nothing, the bizarre plot
Jun 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I found Still Mine to be a bit slow at times, and it took me some time to get into it, but I have to say I ended up enjoying it. As I kept reading I found myself so curious about Clare’s story, the history behind Blackmore, and what happened to Shayna! I liked how Clare’s experiences in Blackmore and her investigation into Shayna’s disappearance helped reveal bits and pieces about Clare’s past and what brought her to Blackmore in the first place. I’m giving this book a high 3 stars. I’m not givi ...more
Maria (Big City Bookworm)

3.5 Stars

Note: This book was provided by the publisher for a fair and honest review.

“And you’ll think back to this moment, the first sign of trouble, and wish you’d killed it when you had the chance.”

Still Mine was one of those novels where I genuinely had no idea where the story was going. I had my theories, but I had them early on within the novel before I learned more details about the characters and their stories. I tend to be completely off course when I start guessing early on in the story
Suze Lavender
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clare has run away from her husband and her awful past. She escaped months ago, but knows her husband won't stop looking for her. She has an assignment, looking for Shayna Fowles, a woman who disappeared from her hometown, Blackmore. Clare has to ask questions about someone she doesn't know, but does have a connection with. Blackmore's inhabitants are far from helpful, but Clare has found a way to fit in. This will mean she has to take a huge risk though. Will she be able to find out what happen ...more
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Claire is a battered woman with a dark past.
But she's brave and determined and while on the run from her own life, she's unexpectedly hired to enter a small town in search of a missing girl. Upon entering, the owner of the out of service hotel tells her to "Turn around. Drive back down the hill." The waitress at the local pub tells her that if she leaves now she can make it to the next town before midnight. The Rottweiler welcomes her with bared teeth. Everyone from the dying town of Blackmore
Mary Feliciani
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Still Mine is a mystery about a missing woman, Clare O'Dey, who is on the run from an abusive husband. The investigator that her husband has hired to find Clare offers her the job of locating another missing woman, rather than turning her over to her husband.
As the plot unfolds the reader draws many parallels between Clare and, Shayna, the woman she is hired to find.
The book is not your typical mystery. The clues are secondary to the plot. It is the relationship being built between the character
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Amy Stuart is the #1 bestselling author of three linked thriller novels, STILL MINE, STILL WATER and STILL HERE. These novels can be read in order or as standalones.

In 2019, Amy founded Writerscape, an online community for hopeful and emerging writers. Amy was born in Toronto where she still lives with her husband and their three sons. Aside from writing, she loves hockey. Ice hockey.

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