My TBR List Book Review : Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

December 27, 2014 Book review 11 ★★★★

I came across this meme and thought it sounded like a lot of fun.  I like the idea of YOU choosing a book for me!  It’s hosted by Because Reading is better than real life and you can click on the button to get all the deets.  This month you choose Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher and to fulfil my end of the bargain, this is my review.

My To Be Read

And I’m sitting here with all my thoughts in a big jumble wondering how the hell I’m supposed to review this book!  Holy Moly, it’s a unique one!

My TBR List Book Review : Mud Vein by Tarryn FisherMud Vein by Tarryn Fisher
Published by self published on 5th April 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Emotions & Feelings, Psychological, Suspense
Pages: 283
Source: Purchased
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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.

First Line of Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher:

“I wrote a novel.”

My Thoughts on Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher:

And apologies as this is one of those reviews where I can tell you nothing about the plot!  Nothing, nada, zilch.  And I’m not being wishy-washy or lazy!  That’s me doing you a favour.  I read this book blind and I felt like I had fallen down a rabbit hole and I want you to experience the same.

And it’s hard to even classify what genre it is.  Hmmhh, probably suspense or a dark mystery.  And maybe the cover is misleading as there isn’t any sexually explicit detail in the book, it looks like a dark erotic book, it’s not.  It’s a book about people, about emotional pain, about love, about self-discovery and about facing all the rancid parts of yourself.

I did find the first 20% of the book slow-paced.  It was confusing and not much was happening.  It was intriguing but I couldn’t get a sense of who the main character was.  And then we got a flashback and I connected to Senna for the first time.  Senna is solitary, gritty and melancholic.  Actually a line in the book describes her perfectly.

“If you formed a woman’s soul out of black graphite, bathed it in blood, and then rolled it around in the softest rose petals, you still wouldn’t have touched on the complication that was my match.”

And once I understood a bit more about who she was and why she was that way, then I couldn’t stop reading.  I cared about the holy mess that she was in and I needed to untangle it all out.  There are other characters who I can’t really talk about but whom I also couldn’t wait to figure out.  It’s just my kind of dark and crazy.

So despite the slow start, I loved it!  And another quote from the book that sums up what reading this book is like:

“It’s like jumping backwards into a snowdrift and not knowing how deeply you are going to sink.”

So go on, jump in.  It’s freezing and numbing at times but very refreshing!  Hats off to Tarryn Fisher for writing a book that is unlike any other I’ve ever read.  She is on my auto-buy list.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars


Who should read Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher?

I’d highly recommend this to all those that like books that cling tightly to their secrets, that are dark and gritty and that puzzle the hell out of them.  Fans of Gone Girl or The Opportunist should also enjoy.





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11 Responses to “My TBR List Book Review : Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher”

    • trish

      You are right, it’s very original. I can’t even think of another book to compare it to. It’s dark and sad but I loved it! I do agree that the cover is very misleading though.

  1. Wattle

    I read your review, and thought ‘well this sounds interesting’. So then I went to Amazon and read the sneak peek…and since I didn’t want to stop reading it (though I have to, to finish my current book lol) I bought it.

    So I’m just going to call you an enabler 😛
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    • trish

      Enabler sounds better than pusher! Which I have also been accused of. Lucky you got it in before your 2015 book ban! I may have been stock piling earlier today too 🙂 Hope you enjoy it!

  2. Berls

    Oh I’m so excited to read this now! I already owned it (which is why I voted for it) but I do think I thought it was a dark erotic and that calla for a very specific mood. Now that I see its so unique and gritty and holds onto its secrets I’m dying to try it out. So glad our pick for you turned out to be good 🙂
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    • trish

      I know the cover is misleading BEFORE you read it. Afterward it makes sense but it does give the wrong impression. I hope you read it soon as I’d love to see what you think of it!

  3. R_Hunt @ View From My Home

    Ooh, now I want to read it! I too assumed it was a dark & gritty erotic story, and thus I would avoid it since I don’t read those. I think it was a disservice having this cover not quite match the tale– it turns off some readers such as myself and disappoints other readers who expected something else entirely. I do think I will buy this soon; I still have money left from my Amazon card, and this just sounds so mysterious and…different!
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    • trish

      I know the cover is misleading but it does make sense after you’ve read the book. I think a lot of people will think erotia though and it might lose some readers. I’m glad you picked it up, I can’t wait to see what you think of it! 🙂

    • trish

      Exactly, the cover makes perfect sense after you’ve read it. I loved that it kept me guessing the whole way though. And I really loved how dark it was.

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