Gun Shy by Lili St. Germain


In the middle of a fierce snowstorm in Gun Creek, Nevada, a teenage girl disappears without a trace.

The second girl in nine years.

Identical cases. Identical conditions. Only last time, the girl was found. Dead, stuffed in a well beside the creek that feeds the town's water supply.

The killer was never found.

As the small town mobilizes and searches for newly vanished Jennifer Thomas, one suspect comes to the fore. But did he do it? Or is there something else at play? Something nobody could have anticipated?

For Jennifer's friend Cassie Carlino, the worst is yet to come. As she pins MISSING posters to store windows and joins the search, she begins to suspect that Jennifer's disappearance might be much closer to her than she could have ever imagined.

ellie's $0.02:

This ain't your mama's romance.  In fact, this isn't a romance at all.  It's a psychological thriller.  Don't pick it up thinking otherwise or you're going to be disturbed and maybe a little sad.

I started reading this one months ago, when there was only 30k written.  No hints of where it was going or what genre.  All I knew is the dude drank dead girl water and then everything was super fucked up.  AND DEAD GIRL WATER.  HE DRANK IT.  By accident, but that's beside the point.

To say I was gripped at that point is an understatement.  Some days I waited patiently, some days not so patiently, some days really impatiently for Lili to do her "thing" and finish this fucker up.  And no.  I'm so not disappointed now that it's complete.  How does one even think up of a story this good?  And don't get me started on how she tells it to us.  THIS IS TALENT.

This book is nothing short of amazing, disgusting, dark, disturbing... and I just don't know.  I flipped each page wondering what I would walk into next.  

And just when I thought I had it all figured out...

I didn't.