By: Amy Stuart
Format/Source: eARC courtesy of Simon & Schuster CA via NetGalley
Malcolm is gone. Disappeared. And no one knows where or why.
His colleague and fellow private investigator, Clare, is certain she can find him, as she holds the key to his past. She arrives in the oceanside city where he last lived and starts digging around. Not only is Malcolm gone without a trace, so is his wife, Zoe. Everyone who knew the perfect couple sees Malcolm as the prime suspect in his wife’s disappearance. Everyone except Clare. She’s certain there’s more at play that has nothing to do with Malcolm, a dark connection to Zoe’s family business and the murder of her father years ago.
As Clare pulls back the layers, she discovers secrets the entire community is trying desperately to leave in the past. As for Malcolm, his past is far more complex—and far more sinister—than Clare could ever have imagined. He may not be innocent at all. As she searches for the man who helped her build her career as a private eye, Clare discovers that many women are in grave danger. And she is among them.
Here we are, the final book in Clare’s story. I’m a big fan of the previous two books, they’re so suspenseful and interesting and Clare is such a fantastic and complex character. So yeah, I had to request for the final volume in her story if I could; many thanks to the publisher for approving an eARC of this book for me to read. This book will be released on 07 July 2020. May contain some mild spoilers if you’re not familar with the previous two books in the series!
Simply put, this book was a perfect ending to Clare’s story, the mystery turning this time to Malcolm’s past and his disappearance. Clare finds herself going to his town in Luna Bay in search for answers as well as piecing exactly who her enigmatic employer was and why he offered her the job when he did. There are so many twists and turns in this novel, you find yourself thinking and wondering what’s going on, how are the cases connected, who is telling the truth, and so forth…You’re basically with Clare, working with the information alongside her.
Clare’s anger and what happened to her, what she had endured, finally comes to its peak here. As the reader you can feel the frustration as she even lashes out on people who seem to be on her side. It’s understandable, of course, but the stakes are so high and the danger really closes in on her that you can see why her anger is erupting the way it does. You just want things to be okay and work out for her and that she doesn’t have to keep running. This coupled with the plot itself leads to a very high adrenaline read; I always felt like she and the others are pressed fro time, that danger is ready to spring at Clare at any given moment, especially with the potential reappearance of Jason (!!!).
Overall I really enjoyed Still Here, it brings all of the open story threads that started with Sill Mine to a head, and it was entertaining and thrilling from start to end. I can’t wait to read whatever Amy Stuart writes next, her books are intense and well-written. I highly recommend all of her books 🙂