“Humans weren’t made to carry someone else’s weight. We can barely lift our own.”
Number of Pages: 283.
Mud Vein is about a girl who wakes up trapped in an abandoned house. She finds a man tied up and soon realizes that he is an important part of her past. Her kidnapper seems to know a lot about her past and uses it as a game. For a complete summary, you can go here.
I read one of Taryn Fisher's other books, Marrow, which was written after this. Two of the characters from this made a cameo in that book. The order in which they are read could lead the reader to jump to certain conclusions faster.
The lack of dialogue made me feel rather uncomfortable. I would think that you would talk more if you have literally nothing else to do... I also don't think that the author is particularly skilled with good endings, but at least it was conclusive. When I read her book Marrow for my book club, it was an amazing book but the ending was inconclusive and left everyone very confused. She likes twists. In this story, the character's motive behind the twist was a rather unbelievable, and that ruined the ending for me.
This was a very interesting book to discuss. You just have to go into the book not expecting a happy ending. Tarryn Fisher is known for dark and depressing stories. That combined with an unlikable main character left me with a bad taste in my mouth after finishing this book.
With that said, it was very fascinating to read, and Tarryn is a hauntingly beautiful writer. It is worth the time to read it. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think!
“Maybe lifting someone else’s weight makes yours a little more bearable.”