Title: Mud Vein
Author: Tarryn Fisher
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Release Date: April 6 2014
When reclusive novelist Senna Richards wakes up on her thirty-third birthday, everything has changed. Caged behind an electrical fence, locked in a house in the middle of the snow, Senna is left to decode the clues to find out why she was taken. If she wants her freedom, she has to take a close look at her past. But, her past has a heartbeat…and her kidnapper is nowhere to be found. With her survival hanging by a thread, Senna soon realizes this is a game. A dangerous one. Only the truth can set her free.
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Happy Release Day to MUD VEIN by Tarryn Fisher, one of the most highly anticipated books for 2014! Read our review and enjoy an excerpt below and make sure to enter for a chance to win an e-book copy of this AMAZING book AND a chance to win a date with Tarryn Fisher herself! GOOD LUCK!
Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.
~ Charles Dickens
Well, it’s safe to say this book really did a number on me. I can sum up my experience in a few choice adjectives – shock, bewilderment, obsession, denial and sadness. It’s a painful read – one that will stay with you long after you close the last chapter. This book is so consuming that it seeped into my subconscious and lingered and festered there corrupting my every thought and insidiously invading my dreams. This book will hurt you – Tarryn Fisher wields words like weapons and be prepared to lie wounded at her feet!
I was lucky enough to receive one of the earliest copies of Mud Vein for review and that blurb really isn’t giving much away. I didn’t know what to expect and I certainly didn’t get the book I anticipated. I think I thought I was heading down a dark erotic path but it’s really much more of a psychological thriller than anything else. In fact, at the beginning, it feels almost like a Saw movie with a bit of Stephen King’s Misery added into the mix but it very much comes into it’s own and it’s unlike anything I’ve ever read before.
So take a wander into the unexpected, avoid all spoilers (you won’t find any here) and just experience this white knuckle ride the way the author intends.
As the blurb says, Senna awakens from a drug-induced slumber to find herself a prisoner in a house in the middle of a white wilderness of a snowy landscape with someone significant from her past. She has absolutely no clue why she is there and who is responsible for getting her there and she’s in profound shock, clutching knives as she sleeps, never knowing what may be coming next. The silence of that barren white wilderness outside is deafening as it feels as though she and her companion are the only two people left in the world – a bit like Adam and Even in the Garden of Eden although this is about as far from paradise as it is possible to be.
The desperation and bleakness of their situation is so beautifully handled as you go through the phases of shock and denial with them – I honestly read most of this book with a sense of bewilderment wanting to know who or why but I had no clue. I guessed several times and I never once guessed right who is responsible for all of this. I stumbled through this novel, never knowing what Tarryn Fisher might throw at you next as Senna’s tale both present and past is retold in harrowing detail.
Senna is such a spiky, anti-social individual. She’s really struggled to fit the social norms throughout her life and is now a reclusive novelist and pretty damaged individual. To say the girl gets no luck is a big understatement – Senna is delivered blow after blow and my heart went out to her, wishing she would accept comfort where it is offered and knowing she won’t. There’s a beautiful love out there for her but she’s too absorbed in her own pain, far too anti-social to ever reach out and take what is offered and only this evil incarceration will finally knock the scales from her eyes and allow her to truly ‘see’.
And this is where we get back to that sadness part – there is a whole load of missed opportunities in her life. Senna has had chances of happiness but never takes them – she made my heart hurt so badly. She’s such a lonely soul dwelling only in the darkness of her mind, never allowing anyone to get close, never accepting any comfort offered – she’s Difficult with a big old capital D and she broke my heart.
The author does a fantastic job of grabbing your attention right from page one and dragging you kicking and screaming through the story and then dropping you from a great height right at the end, leaving you in a bedraggled heap and nursing your wounds. This is going to hurt and leave you with a big book hangover. It’s dark and twisted and ultimately very sad and it’s an utterly compelling and completely captivating read. I was totally obsessed with this book during the days that I read it and it really did invade my dreams – I carried the dark, oppressive atmosphere of the it with me everywhere, even in my sleep.
I’ve read and enjoyed Tarryn Fisher before and, while this is a very different story from her Love Me With Lies trilogy, it is still delivered with her wholly addictive, dry, edgy style that I became so hooked on in the past. It’s definitely not the book I expected, it’s not a romance at all so be prepared for something different, go in blind and expect the unexpected and, most of all, be prepared for a painful ride.
5 dark and edgy stars
A week later we took our first trip into Seattle together. It was her idea. We rode in my car since she said she didn't have one. She looked nervous sitting in the front seat with her hands folded in her lap. When I asked her if she wanted me to put the radio on she said no. We ate Russian pastries from paper bags and watched the ferries cross the sound, shivering and standing as close as we could get to each other. Our fingers were so greasy when we were done we had to rinse them off in a water fountain. She laughed when I splashed water in her face. I could have written another ten thousand words just from hearing her laugh. We bought five pounds of prawns from the market and headed back to my house. I don’t know why the hell I asked for five pounds, but it sounded like a good idea at the time.
“You have one of these,” I said, as we were cleaning the prawns together at my kitchen sink. I ran my finger laterally along its body, pointing out the dark line that needed to be cleaned out. She frowned, looking down at the prawn she was holding.
“It’s called a mud vein.”
“A mud vein,” she repeated. “Doesn't sound like a compliment.”
“Maybe not to some people.”
She de-headed her shrimp with a flick of her knife and tossed it in the bowl.
“It’s your darkness that pulls me in. Your mud vein. But sometimes having a mud vein will kill you.”
She set down the knife and washed her hands, drying them on the back of her jeans.
“I have to go.”
“Sure,” I said. I didn't move until I heard the screen door slam. I wasn't upset that my words had run her off. She didn't like to be found out. But she’d be back.
I am a real life villain, truly. I drink sick amounts of Starbucks. Most of the time my hair smells like coffee. I was born in South Africa, and lived there for most of my childhood. I moved to Seattle just for the rain. Rome is my favorite place in the world so far, Paris comes in at a close second. I read and write more than I sleep. When I was eleven, I wrote an entire novel about runaway orphans, using only purple ink. I am addicted to Florence and the Machine and will travel to see concerts. I love scary movies and giraffes. I spend way too much time on Facebook. Meet you there?…
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