Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher
Synopsis: 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.
My rating: 3/5 not-so-shiny gold stars
My review: The reviews on this one are pretty divided between “THIS WAS LIFE CHANGING” and “this was seriously awful”. I’m somewhere in the middle. I would not have finished beyond the first half if I did not have the unsolved mystery of how they got into the house hanging over my head. I kept reading, not because I cared about any of the characters, but because I was curious to see how the author would write her way out of the weird situation she put them in. The ending was not worth the payoff.
None of the character motivations made any sense. There is a strong reliance on the concept of “soulmates” to excuse awful and downright cruel behavior- something that would have been a lot harder for some readers to swallow, I’m sure, if the genders of the two main characters were switched. Tons of terrible things happen to the main character but because we are never given any reason to like her (seriously… not even one) none of it landed an emotional punch.
“Let’s talk about it over dinner,” I offered. I couldn’t take my eyes off of her. I mean, sure she was stunning—but it was more than that. She was a house with no windows. You could go crazy in one of those. I wanted in.
The prose was great- even beautiful at times. I understand why so many people love this book but I couldn’t quite hop on the hype train.
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