Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

18246727From goodreads: 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.



Where do I possibly start with this book? I’m definitely in the minority when I say I didn’t love this book.  That might garner a few people to throw stones at me but hey, I’m a risk taker like that.  Mud Vein has Tarryn Fisher written all over it and that’s what makes this story somewhat unique, even if it didn’t blow me away. It’s really rather simple, I don’t love every book I read even if I think the author is a talented writer, so with that being said, let me explain what I loved and didn’t care for…

The first 40% of the book was a real snooze and I almost didn’t finish it. *gasp*  I know, I know…the author was setting us up for the twisted plot, she was laying the foundation, blah, blah, blah but I still think it was a snooze.  I was bored and felt like I had read this story before.


Senna and Isaac are reminiscent of Olivia and Caleb (Love Me with Lies series).  Senna is beyond broken and for very good reason which is depicted beautifully and yet so tragic but I felt I already knew her.  And as beautiful and perfect as Isaac was, I had already met him and fell in love with him in The Opportunist.  I know what you are thinking, I shouldn’t be comparing books but as always, I throw caution to the wind.

What worked was the element of mystery but this didn’t pique my interest until the back story of both characters was explained and once I knew their history, I wanted more and couldn’t put the book down.

There’s an intense feeling of melancholy throughout the entire story and a brief moment of self-love because Senna is truly a tragic character, it was as though she was wrapped tightly in barbed wired and her journey left me exhausted and quite sad.  And as for Caleb Isaac, his life becomes absolutely cataclysmic.

I love dark and tragic stories but there was something about this particular book that didn’t do anything for me.  I was lost simply because the beginning didn’t grip me, the story became too cryptic, the ending didn’t shock me and yet, it left me empty.  I can never get those hours back that I spent on this book.

“Nick was wrong about me. Having a mud vein didn’t kill me; it saved me. My vein drew Isaac. He was the light and he followed me into the darkness. He became the darkness, then he carried my burdens so I wouldn’t have to.”

 I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it and for the record, the writing is fantastic.  So, if you enjoy depressing psychological thrillers you might want to give this one a try. ;)


Love Me  with Lies Series… ♥



  1. says

    Is this the book Colleen Hoover recommended? I’m not sure. Anyways, by the summary, it sounds amazing. I despise slow starts, because I tend to give up on books if by 30% if I’m bored… Glad to see it picked up, though! And frankly psychological thrillers are always nice to read about. Great review!

    P.S. based on your book recommendations, I borrowed The Bronze Horseman from my Library… and I’m in love! Really enjoyed it! Romeo & Juliet have nothing on Alexander & Tatiana! :D

    • Cristina says

      I’m not sure if it’s Colleen recommended but I’ve been a fan of this particular author since I read her first series which was great. But after reading that and reading Mud Vein, there were too many similarities BUT having said that, it’s worth reading if you’ve never read a book by this author. :)

      I’m THRILLED you are reading THE BRONZE HORSEMAN! OH MY GOD…I love that series!!! And it’s being made into a movie! We must dish after you’ve read them all and I’m here for emotional support! :)

  2. Kristin says

    Thank you for another great review Cristina. I love that you always give an honest review, even it you didn’t love a book by an author you like. I trust your reviews because you aren’t going to say you loved something you didn’t, and I totally respect that. People don’t always like the same books but at least I know when you say you loved something, you truly loved it. In fact, I initially passed on Undeniable but your review changed my mind about reading it and I’m so glad I did because I fell in love with the entire series.

    • Cristina says

      Kristin! You made my day, truly you have. ♥♥♥ I loooooooooooved Undeniable!! Oh my god and I’m dying for the next book in the series!!! Thank you for stopping by Kristin! ;)

  3. says

    oh it’s quite a good rate even if your feelings. I didn’t know this one I confess but I think I’ll pass. 40% is a little long for me. I’m sorry it wasn’t as good as expected. It’s difficult when we see a lot of great reviews before reading a novel…

    • Cristina says

      The writing is what made me give it a high rating and the author is definitely talented. With that being said, it was too sad and I just couldn’t connect with it but I definitely recommend the Love Me with Lies series. Thanks for stopping by Melliane! ♥

  4. says

    I think I’ll have to pass on this one. Maybe. For now anyway ;) It’s been awhile since I read The Opportunist, so the similarities probably wouldn’t have been as glaring for me, but slow starts and an overall feeling of melancholy are not my thing right now. Not usually my thing, in fact. Oh, I like sob stories as much as the next person, but there’s a very thin line between good drama and bad drama for me. AND they have to end well. The Opportunist was a HUGE exception. You’re right–something about Fisher’s writing style is just incredible and sucks you in (against your will). So this could too. I just have to wait until I’m in the mood for it.

    Sorry this was kind of a disappointment :( But, HEY! Now we get to read DOGM!!

    • Cristina says

      Tarryn has such a unique writing style, she really does and The Opportunist was a fabulous book, the series in general was just really great. However Mud Vein is tragic, quite sad. But now onto bigger and better things…THE DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS!!!! Yay!!! ♥♥

  5. Ashley says

    Thank you, Christine, for your honest and polite review. I can’t tell you the books I have read with such wonderful reviews only to feel like I must not have been reading the same book as the reviewers. I understand that we won’t always like the same things and that’s okay. I bought this when it came out and am waiting for the hype to die down to read it. My head needs to be clear of all the reviews. This is why I almost never read teasers. They are kind of like movie trailers where all the best scenes have already been seen or read in this case. The reason for my comment is this is how a less than 4 star review should be written. You stated what you liked and what you didn’t and why and you did it with class. Of this you should be proud. I know most reviewers won’t even review a book with less than 4 stars and I understand that, but you have shown how to do that with delicacy and respect for the author and those of us who appreciate your reviews.

    • Cristina says

      Ashley thank you so much for you lovely comment, it means a lot to me. It’s not a bad book by any means, it just wasn’t for me because it was just too sad and trust me, I like tragic but this was a bit much…even for me. ;) I believe in giving reviews that show the great and not so great, you know? Reviews can’t be glowing all the time. Anyway, let the hype die down and I can’t wait to hear (read) what you think! And thanks for stopping by! ♥

  6. says

    This one sounds disturbing…I read dark romances once in awhile and I have surprisingly enjoyed a few (Raw, Consequences series) but there were ones that I can’t even finish because the heroine frustrates the heck out of me (Sinister Kisses). I have never read anything from this author though so maybe I’ll try The Opportunist when I’m the mood for a dark romance since you liked it more than this one. Great review Christina :)

    • Cristina says

      Thanks Amir! ♥ I’ve been trying to put my finger on my overall problem with the story and it’s very light on the romance but clearly there are two people who are drawn together. However, it’s just DEPRESSING and I felt hopeless afterwards. Anyway, I did enjoy The Opportunist immensely! ;)

  7. says

    Great review Cristina!
    I’m dark thrillered-out right now. And I would have stopped reading if it started that slow. I have The Opportunist waiting on my Kindle, so when I’m in the mood for something dark, I’ll try this one first.

    I agree, we all won’t like the same books. But we seem to fangirl over the same books. :-) Kristin was on me forever to read Undeniable. I finished it this morning. DEUCE!

    • Cristina says

      I think you will enjoy The Opportunist. And don’t even get me started on The Undeniable Series…oh my god!! Wait until you read UnBeautifully! It’s so freakin’ good that I can’t even stand it! Wait until you meet RIPPER!!! ♥

    • Cristina says

      I wanted to love it Jeann, I really did. I think if you’ve never read any books by this author, you might just be totally engaged. I’ve chatted with several readers who loved and never read any of her other work. I think this book was just too sad for my liking. :/ But hey, I loved The Opportunist! :)

  8. says

    I’m not sure I like the sound of “depressing psychological thriller”. LOL I’m trying to stay away of so-so reads for now because I’ve fallen behind in my reviews and can’t afford to get stuck in another reading slump. Ooh, the stresses of being a book bloggers. Hehe Thanks for your honest review!

    • Cristina says

      Normally I love a good twisted thriller but this just takes the cake and trust me, you aren’t missing out. It’s depressing! Oh well, lucky for me I started something else that I’m loving! ;)

  9. says

    If the book is a snooze-fest, especially in the first half, I’d probably put off reading it. (Specially if I don’t know who the author is) I want the beginning to hook me in. I want to feel hungry for the twist. I am unsure if I’ll pick this up, maybe it won’t make me fall asleep, I don’t know, but I have sights for other books as of now. :)

    • Cristina says

      It was a snooze-fest for me because it was too similar to her other series which is really good BUT this book was just SAD beyond belief. Enjoy the other books that are on your radar because I’m sure they are waaaaaaaaaaaay better! :)

  10. says

    I actually ended up liking this book but i did have two issues with it: The characters reminded me of Olivia and Caleb too much and Senna’s ending. I felt like i had already fallen in love with the characters but i still pushed that aside because I love Tarryn Fisher and her depressing stories. I rarely like depressing book but hers just do it for me because they manage to ALWAYS strick some sort of chord with me. This book was deinfetly depressing everything that’s thrown to the characters had me just unbelievably amazed that so much crap could be thrown their way. It wasn’t fair. Also Senna’s ending reminded me a lot of the epilogue in Thief in regards to what Olivia goes through. Except I felt that Mud Vein took the ending of Thief and did the opposite. The positives became negatives.
    I did end up still enjoying this one since I am a huge fan of Tarryn Fisher and I feel like a darkness in her writing can always affect me one way or another.
    Great review!

    • Cristina says

      I love the Love Me with Lies series, it’s a 5 star series for me. Your concerns are valid but your positives are also equally as valid. She’s a talented writer but there was something about this particular story that just didn’t resonate with me and I suppose it’s all the subjectivity that makes the book world so wonderful. I love hearing people’s opinions on books no matter if we agree or disagree. Of course it’s much better to agree! LOL…thank you so much for stopping by Lily and I’m really happy to hear that you enjoyed the book! ♥

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