written by Amy Stuart
published by Simon & Schuster, 2016
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Did I enjoy this book: Let’s just say I finished it! Touted as a “get-under-your-skin thriller,” this novel had potential. I, however, did not find it to be so. The character development was on the weak side, and I found the plot hard to follow at times. I am a big fan of multiple POV writing but found this author’s use of it to be confusing. Although I kept reading, I was not terribly invested in the fruition of the story.
Would I recommend it: Probably not. I found the ending to be predictable.
About the book – from Goodreads: 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 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 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 golden-haired 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.