Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher
Published April 5, 2014
Genres Thriller, New Adult, Suspense, Romance
When Senna Richards, an introverted, reclusive novelist wakes up on her 33rd birthday, everything has changed. She is locked in a strange house in the middle of the snow and surrounded by an electric fence. Senna is left to try to figure out the clues as to why she was taken. If she wants her freedom, she will be forced to take a close look at her past. But her past has a heartbeat and her kidnapper is nowhere to be found. Senna soon realizes that this is a game, a game that has her survival tied to it, a dangerous game and only the truth can set her free.
So I decided to read this book because I am a huge Colleen Hoover fan and Tarryn Fisher seems to be one of her best friends. I also read Never, Never earlier this year, where the two collaborated and wrote the 3 part series together. I really enjoyed it so I figured I would give one of her books a try. The synopsis above doesn’t give much away and I like to write spoiler free reviews if I can, so I am going to leave out some details. First, I have to say, you need to read this book, it’s not at all what I expected. It’s classified under many categories on Goodreads for a good reason.
We meet Senna as she wakes up in an unfamiliar bedroom and can’t figure out where she is or what happened. As she starts looking around, she realizes that whoever kidnapped her, was probably stalking her as they seem to know a lot about her. Personal things that she didn’t tell many people. While exploring the house, she finds another person, a man named Isaac tied up in another bedroom. Isaac is big part of her past but she hasn’t seen or talked to him in many years. Together, they have to survive and try to figure out who their kidnapper, who they name the “zookeeper” because of the fence, is and why they are there.
I don’t want to say more than that because it will give things away and I want you to read this book.The book is told from Senna’s perspective in the present, but then flips back to explain parts of the the back story. The writing flows very well from present to past and back again. I found Senna to be a very interesting character, as well as Isaac. I usually would never compare characters from other books, but Senna reminded me a bit of Camille from Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. I way they react to the world around them, the thoughts that go through their heads and the way they treat themselves seemed alike somehow. Fisher’s writing is fantastic and I loved hearing all the thoughts going through Senna’s mind throughout the book. For being labeled as New Adult, there is barely any sex and the times they are, it is pretty muted.
They are also several plot twists and only one did I figure out before hand. And the ending. It is one of those endings that at first you feel kind of mad about and then you realize it’s actually quite brilliant.Although I always have the ending I want in my mind or what I think the generic book will produce and this certainly was not it but it was absolutely perfect for Senna’s character, the book and what she learns from the whole experience. I highly recommend this book. I think Tarryn Fisher is an excellent write and story teller and I look forward to reading more of her work. Happy reading!