I’m excited to be part of the inaugural gritLIT blog tour for Hamilton’s Readers & Writers Festival, taking place April 7-10, 2016 in Hamilton, Ontario. Be sure to swing by the other stops on the #gritlitblogtour to check out some of the other featured reads!
- 3/28 : Jaclyn @ Literary Treats | Live From the Underground by Corinne Wasilewski
- 3/31 : (your’s truly!) | Still Mine by Amy Stuart
- 4/1 : Karen @ One More Page | Beyond the Pale by Emily Urquhart
- 4/4 : Christine @ Padfoot’s Library | They Left Us Everything by Plum Johnson
On the run from her troubled past, which includes her husband, Clare arrives in a small mining town asking about a local girl who’s disappeared. Arousing suspicion from the close-knit community, Clare uncovers a small town’s secrets while trying to find the missing girl amidst the drama.
This was a really interesting narrative because the main character held so many secrets. The reader isn’t 100% certain as to Clare’s history and why she’s on the run so we get to live out her experience with the small town community first hand with her. There is so much of the unknown surrounding many aspects of this story that the missing woman was not the only mystery in this novel. I loved that we don’t quite know where everyone stood in this story, who to trust and who to be wary of.
Stuart’s debut novel is a wonderfully plotted and laid out story. I felt that it took a fascinating look at some of the dynamics within a close community which could arise. Not only was it set in a small town, it was a small mining town where that industry connected many people, and consequently caused a ripple effect throughout the townspeople. We got hints throughout the book to Clare’s backstory and its outcome was both intriguing and thought-provoking. I was surprised at how much emphasis was made on certain aspects of the story that moved the plot along. I didn’t anticipate there would be so much focus on the use of external substances, and I felt that gave this novel an even darker, messier turn than I originally thought.
Still Mine is a fantastic rooted in contemporary mystery. It explores human nature and what one does in the face of grief, survival and love. Great for fans of Paula Daly, Joy Fielding and Gillian Flynn.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ (4 /5 stars)
Available: March 1, 2016
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A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for this blog tour in exchange for an honest review.