☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
What It’s About:
HOW DO YOU FIND THE TRUTH IN A TOWN FULL OF SECRETS?
Clare has to find them.
Sally Proulx and her young boy have mysteriously disappeared in the stormy town of High River. Clare is hired to track them down, hoping against all odds to find them alive.
But High River isn’t your typical town. It’s a place where women run to—women who want to escape their past. They run to Helen Haines, a matriarch who offers them safe haven and anonymity. Pretending to be Sally’s long-lost friend, Clare turns up and starts asking questions, but nothing prepares her for the swirl of deception and the depth of the lies.
Did Sally drown? Did her son? Was it an accident, or is their disappearance part of something bigger?
In a town where secrets are crucial to survival, everyone is hiding something. Detectives Somers and Rourke clearly have an ulterior motive beyond solving the case. Malcolm Boon, who hired Clare, knows more about her than he reveals. And Helen is concealing a tragic family history of her own. As the truth surges through High River, Clare must face the very thing she has so desperately been running from, even if it comes at a devastating cost. Compulsively gripping and twisty, Still Water is a deep dive of a thriller that will leave you breathless.
Still Waters run deep, and apparently so do the rushing currents of the river in the town of High River. I did not read Amy Stuart’s first book in her Still series, however, I had no problem jumping into this second installment.
The book starts with an alarming jolt as the main character, Clare, awakes disoriented in a strange room. The stark, jarring hook set the mood for the entire story. Ms. Stuart’s intense story telling had me glued to my seat; I read the book in one sitting! Perfectly paced, the story reveals and eventually unravels the myriad lies and secrets of many of the residents of High River. The tension and distrust between all the characters is palpable.
The story is told in a third person narrative primarily from Clare’s experience. As some of her past is revealed, her reliability wanes. However, none of the characters are more mysterious than Malcolm Boon, Clare’s “boss”. I liked and disliked both these main characters. The dislike comes from the sense that they cannot be trusted, and their likability stems from their inherent vulnerabilities.
Still water is filled with twists and turns. The big city police who are assigned the case, Rourke and Somers, are fantastic secondary characters. Some characters might seem like throwaways, but they allow the author to make a statement about gender inequities in relationships and society. While her point is made clear, Ms. Stuart doesn’t cram it down her reader’s throats.
Riveting from the first page to the last, Still Water is an engaging book. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Stuart’s series!
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