Author: Tarryn Fisher
Publication Date: April 5, 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.
First things first – any preconceived notions you have about this book because of the cover, throw them out the window! This is not erotica, nor is it New Adult. Period. Once you read the book, the cover takes on a lot more meaning and becomes even more beautiful.
I went into Mud Vein completely blind. I saw Colleen Hoover expressing her love for it, so I bought it without even looking to see what it was about. What can I say, I’m easy. I will admit that the cover intrigued me. It gave off a dark vibe, and that’s what it delivered. However, it was very different than I thought it would be, but at the same time so damn good! Better than what I was expecting or could’ve hoped for.
When I finished the book I saw a note from the author on Amazon:
“I write to explore the dark corners of myself, and I want you to come with me. I’m a little bit like you. I think you’ll see yourself in the pages of Mud Vein. I haven’t told you very much about it on purpose. I want you to go in blind. I want you to stumble across a thought, a sound, a hurt-which you had thought special to you.”
I agree wholeheartedly. It is best to go in blind, I’m beyond thankful that I did. So I highly suggest you do the same. And yes, I did see a lot of myself in Mud Vein. More than I would have liked, especially in Senna. There are quite a few passages from this book that I’ve kept for myself, because reading them really does hit home.
I noticed this book is shelved a lot under “New Adult” on Goodreads. This is not New Adult! Senna is thirty-three, so there’s nothing ‘new’ about her adultness. Another thing I want to make clear, this isn’t a book full of sex. There are a couple of very mild sex scenes, that’s it.
Mud Vein is more of a psychological thriller-mystery, with an emphasis on the psychological. But it’s so much more than that. I absolutely loved being in Senna’s head. Within the first few couple of pages of the book, it’s apparent she has some issues. The author did a perfect job with conveying it through Senna’s voice. It was so easy to feel the story, rather than just read it.
No, I’m not going into any more detail no matter how badly I’d love to. Believe me, it’s better this way. I just hope anyone who might be put off by this book because they assume it’s one thing, gives it a try and is pleasantly surprised. I will without a doubt read more of Tarryn Fisher’s work in the future.
**Mud Vein is currently only 99¢, so I highly suggest you grab it before the price goes back up.**