Monday, March 1, 2021

Review: Still Water (#2) by Amy Stuart

Title: Still Water (#2)
Author: Amy Stuart
Published by: Simon Schuster / Touchstone
Released: 2018
Source: Library

Synopsis: From The Globe and Mail bestselling author of Still Mine comes a new thriller featuring Clare and Malcolm, this time on the hunt for a missing mother and son in a town that is drowning in deception—Clare may be in her gravest danger yet. 
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. (Synopsis from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: This surprised me in the turns that it took. It became more than I was expecting it to be, which I liked. I thought it was going to be very similar to the first book in the series. Clare gets a case from Malcolm, goes undercover, solves case, and then travels with Malcolm to next case. Some of those aspects in Still Water definitely stayed the same, but it did become more then that too.
There was a lot going on with Malcolm in this, which really made the book more interesting. Clare is not only on her undercover case, but she's trying to figure out what's going on with Malcolm too. He becomes more consumed by his mysterious past in this one, a past that Clare (and the audience) still doesn't completely know or understand.
I really like how quick this series is. The writing style is really easy to get into and just fly through. I'm always intrigued to see where the cases are going to go.
My biggest criticism for this and the first book is that I think Clare's undercover background stories are so flimsy. She always shows up at places where she's going to stick out like a sore thumb, and her covers are so weak. It would take just the least bit of asking around for it all to crumble apart. I think she needs to do better on making her covers' more believable. I'm always surprised when people actually buy into them. But what do I know. I've never been undercover, so maybe she's got great cover stories and I'm just too critical.
All in all, I liked this one. It took the feel of the first book in the series and made it a little bigger, a little more interesting. I'm definitely curious to continue with the series. I want to know what happens next.
Oh and I guess there are triggers for domestic abuse, drug use, and other dark things in this series.

Pretty Good

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