on April 18, 2015
Genres: Suspense, Thrillers
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In the Bone there is a house.
In the house there is a girl.
In the girl there is a darkness.
Margo is not like other girls. She lives in a derelict neighborhood called the Bone, in a cursed house, with her cursed mother, who hasn’t spoken to her in over two years. She lives her days feeling invisible. It’s not until she develops a friendship with her wheelchair-bound neighbor, Judah Grant, that things begin to change. When neighborhood girl, seven-year-old Neveah Anthony, goes missing, Judah sets out to help Margo uncover what happened to her.
What Margo finds changes her, and with a new perspective on life, she’s determined to find evil and punish it–targeting rapists and child molesters, one by one.
But hunting evil is dangerous, and Margo risks losing everything, including her own soul.
Marrow – a soft fatty substance in the cavities of bones, in which blood cells are produced.
Prior to reading Tarryn Fisher’s Marrow my definition of marrow would have read like the above. Now… my definition is batshit crazy! CRAZY! Here is what I love about this book as well as the others in her catalog, the stories are dark, hold multiple layers, but there is enough of a real twist that allows you a connection to the story and the characters. Almost as if Tarryn is approving each reader to take their own personal version of the story with them.
No two people read a Tarryn Fisher novel the same. Here is what I know:
- What you think is real isn’t.
- What you hope is fake will turn out real
- In the end… the above two won’t matter.
Marrow brings us Margo, scars deeper than meets the eye and enslaved to a house that consumes her mind, body, and soul. Margo’s life looks to be predetermined but all that changes once she finds the courage to talk with the one boy she has admired from a far for years, Judah.
This journey is crazy on all levels. Tarryn will test your moral compass and push you past your comfort zone. The level of emotions will have you questioning everything. It feels like the scene in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, “Little surprises around every corner, but nothing dangerous.” or so you would think… Right? Although Marrow wasn’t my favorite Tarryn Fisher read it was still pretty amazing.
“The Bone is in our Marrow. It’s complacency and fear handed down from generation to generation.
Judah says that where we’re from is in us – in our marrow.You can put us anywhere else in the world, but we carry our origin with us everywhere we go. Ig he’s right, I’ll never fucking get away.”
My brain is one big pile of a mess after this book. I feel like I’ve lost my sanity for a bit. I had been wided eyed, furiously turning the pages and feeling upside down and inside out while reading it. Written in this terrifyingly beautiful and haunting way, MARROW completely sucked me into Margo’s unique story of not knowing who she is and then slowly putting the pieces together to learn who she is. <<—- Yup! I spent most of the time confused — a good confused for the most part — and it is very motivating because I was dying to find out what the real deal was. But Tarryn is Tarryn (if you know what I mean.) She kept me guessing the whole way through. You will always end up asking “Is it real or not? Or am I just hallucinating?” The truth is… you will never know. I had so many theories swirling around my head and pointed the guilty finger at just about every character and scenarios. It’s that INSANE!
But the weird thing I loved most about Marrow is that you don’t go into this book thinking that you are going to want to be BFFs with the characters. They won’t be characters that you will look back fondly on or have warm fuzzy feelings about. It’s full of flawed characters whom you might hate but later on you will find yourself becoming sympathetic when contrasted with judgement. Ms. Fisher’s writing is sooo crafty that in some way, I find Margo’s character redeemable and at the end I feel like I have learned enough about her to understand why she is the way she is. I just feel this unexplainable pangs of sympathy for her. I have to say Tarryn laid a good foundation for Margo’s story. It’s intriguing and I feel like it still remained a bit of an enigma to me.
” I think about my marrow the most – the who I am, the what I am. You can leave, but it never leaves you.
Overall, I really enjoyed Marrow. It is definitely an exhilarating, twisted read that would make for a pretty freaky movie. Ms. Fisher had me hooked by the premise – lots of craziness, secrets, lies and pulse-pounding action. Delightfully strange and wonderful!
“I am Margo Moon. I believe in poetic vengeance. Its time, it’s time to haunt.”
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