Wednesday, April 1, 2015

What IS a Mud Vein Anyhow?

I finished Mud Vein, by Tarryn Fisher recently. I knew I would like this novel, even though it was officially the first full novel by Fisher, that I'd read (I've previously read her co-authored book Never Never), but I had no clue that I would be so into this novel that I'd be up still at 2:00 a.m. hating myself because I couldn't put it down.  I had no idea that the story would consume me so thoroughly, both with my time and in my heart...but it did.  

In describing the writing style of another author, Fisher says, "If you're looking for a quick thrill, wet panties, or mindless entertainment, you won't like the subtle hues and expensive flavors..."  and I think that perfectly describes her writing as well.  Mud Vein isn't some sappy love story.  It isn't some semi-erotic "mom porn" either.  Yet, it's still a story of love.  

"What's the difference?"  I asked him.  "Between the love of your life and your soulmate?"

"One is a choice and one is not."

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.

This book, I loved it.  It was so engrossing.  So full of heart and gentle passion and angst.  I loved the cleverly disguised mystery, the poetic phrasing, and the vivid details.  I also hated it.  I hated the end. I wanted pretty little ribbons tied tightly.  I wanted sunshine and lollipops. I didn't get that though...and I'm discovering with Tarryn Fisher, you often don't.  She develops her characters like they're real people, people with flaws and imperfections, and we all know that real life doesn't always offer us those happy ever afters.  I wanted so badly for Senna and Issac to ride off into the sunset together.  SMH.

Though I didn't get the ultimate ending I wanted, I am so impressed with the writing that I don't care.  Senna's story ended the way it's meant to.  Fisher has won me over, heart and soul.  I'm so excited to read her previous three titles now!

(and P.S.  you DO find out what a Mud Vein is in the story.)

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