Still Water by Amy Stuart
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Happy #socksunday my friends! I have realized that I’m falling behind on my book reviews lately, which is a great problem to have because it simply means I’ve been reading a lot. 😁📚 I have decided to try to focus this week on getting caught up on reviewing all the awesome books I have read in the last while - they are just too good not to share!
One amazing read that I devoured recently is Still Water by @amystuartwriter - this is one of the quickest paced psychological mystery thrillers that I’ve read recently. This book is compelling as all get out - the story is based on Clare, who is hired to track down a missing woman and her son who mysteriously disappeared from a private home that’s run as a refuge for abused women. Clare has her own past demons that make the perfect cover for why she has shown up asking questions about where Sally and her son have gone. It doesn’t take long for Clare to realize that there are people besides her who are involved and also keeping secrets and that those secrets might be a lot darker than she ever expected.
This book is the perfect summer read - fast, absorbing and with characters who are impossible to figure out. I absolutely loved how Amy wove pieces of every characters individual backstory into the present events without ever losing focus from the mystery in the middle of the story. And I LOVED Clare, as I knew I would when I realized that we had a perfectly flawed lead character (my favorite).
While I cannot recommend this book enough, I need to take a minute to add a Trigger Warning here for you, my fellow bookworms - this book DOES deal with extreme domestic abuse, and if that is a trigger for you, I would recommend proceeding carefully.
Personally - the domestic abuse aspect of the story (which is very much the center and foundation of the plot) was done in a thoughtful, and very human way. Human in the sense that domestic abuse does not look the same for everyone, and that the ripple effects of domestic abuse can be complex and far reaching. I don't love dark topics that are done in a sensationalized way, and I think Amy did an amazing job of sharing this hidden piece of our society without any sensationalism at all, but rather with care and empathy.
I also genuinely love that Clare is the lead in the story, who is investigating a case, but is not a "professional" investigator. It lends such an air of reality to her - that she could be really good at a job that she isn't trained for, using only her own skills and past to guide her in how to go about getting the answers she needs. I genuinely hope that Amy is no where near done writing Clare's story - I want to see what comes next for this scrappy unsung hero.
That being said, while this is the second book featuring Clare, you definitely can read this as a stand alone, as it shares enough of Clare's back story to understand where she is currently.
For those looking for a great mystery to add to your July TBR - give this one a go - and let me know what you think!