From 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.”
Love Me with Lies Series… ♥