While this isn’t really a romance (more a psychological thriller), I would say the theme definitely revolves around love, and love in a way that only Tarryn Fisher can describe it. This book explores so many things: how far one will go for love; soul-mates vs. true love (very insightful); can love really conquer all; and seeing truth beyond the darkness.
“…to find your soul-piece, or your great love, we must count on our paths diverging, the tangling of lives, the soft whispering of one soul recognizing another.”
This book is painful and heart-wrenchingly beautiful. In general, I feel like I am indifferent to most things in life. Reading allows the opportunity to feel things you normally don’t, and that is my addiction to it. Tarryn Fisher offers something unique in how she is able to pulls emotions from you. I crave it. It’s why I nearly foamed at the mouth to get this book. I needed it. Most of the books I read are “feel in the moment” type of books for me. I enjoy them while I’m reading, but once I close the book.. it’s over. I’m lucky if I’ll remember it next month. Every one of Tarryn Fisher’s books have provided an unforgettable experience and I don’t see anything topping Mud Vein.
“You can’t ever stop seeing what you recognize as part of yourself.”
I’m not going to go into details about the plot, because I’m sure you have seen in every other review that you should go into this book blind. I’m not going to say go into it blind. Go into it completely open. Remove yourself from your ideas of what a story MUST be and go in with an open mind with no expectations and just experience this story. Take a leap and just feel what this book has to offer, and hopefully the ground won’t be too hard when you land.
As you can read in the synopsis, we are introduced to Senna and Isaac. I fell in love with the characters. Senna is cold and has experienced so much tragedy. And Isaac… one could only be lucky enough to have an Isaac in their life. He shows up during a tragic time and takes root in Senna’s life whether she wants him there or not. Some of you are going to hate Senna and some of you are going to recognize yourself in Senna. As far as Isaac, if you don’t love him keep that to yourself. :)
“You breathed life back into me. It was instinct for me to be there with you. I didn’t want to save you, I just didn’t know how to leave you.”
As amazing as this book is, it isn’t without flaws. It’s slow paced (yet highly intense), and there are some holes in the story and characters, but I felt it was as it was supposed to be. I felt that everything written was written with purpose. I get bored easily and I tend to skim. This book is impossible to skim.. in fact I did the opposite. I read sentences and paragraphs over and over before moving on. Highly consumed and anchored to the words.
** VAGUE SPOILER ALERT in regards to HEA or NO HEA **
“I like pain. I like when it lingers. It reminds a person of what they’ve lived through.”
As far as rating, this book makes me realize I need to reevaluate my rating system. This book belongs on a shelf of its own, above all others.