Review: Marrow by Tarryn Fisher

Marrow by Tarryn Fisher
Published April 18, 2015
Genre: Fiction, Thriller, New Adult
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I read this as an ebook on my Kindle Paperwhite. 

“I believe in loneliness so deep and profound it has a physical presence.  I believe in choices–hard ones that people in charge seldom seem to get right.  I believe that everyone needs something: a woman’s touch, companionship, money, forgiveness.  And to acquire those things a person will accumulate as much sin as they need to.”  pg. 8, ebook

Margo has the misfortune of growing up in The Bone, a neighborhood known to inhabit drug addicts, dealers, prostitutes, and child abusers, but when a friend goes missing, the answers she finds leads her life down a different path–one full of danger and vengeance.

For a full synopsis, visit Goodreads.

There has been no buzz about a movie adaptation for this book.

Tarryn Fisher, along with Colleen Hoover, is one of my favorite indie writers.  Her Love Me with Lies trilogy is highly emotional, filled with an edgier type of drama.

Which is what attracted me to Marrow.  This book is an example of how much Tarryn Fisher is growing into her writing style.  When I first read her debut novel, The Opportunist, I can sense that she is trying to find her own voice in the world of New Adult.  In Marrow, I can see the transition of writing and the themes she presents.

And that transition is definitely darker.  Marrow is a dark read.  It isn’t your typical New Adult book.  Goodreads has it under the “romance” the genre and I’m not sure I completely agree with it.  But that’s the great thing about Tarryn Fisher’s books–it’s never what you expect it to be.

The beginning of the book reminded me of a more sinister The House on Mango Street which I love.  Margo’s childhood, her relationship with her mom, and the description of the characters who live in the Bone are so well-written that despite the fact that it’s sad, the reader is still intrigued and compelled to read on.

But then, unfortunately, to me, it goes downhill from about mid-point and continued until the end.  I’m going to have to accentuate the “to me” part because the following statement is completely subjective: I really dislike characters that act like they can play God because I always feel like they end up having a skewed perception of right and wrong, especially if you don’t have a great support system that can give you a difference of opinion or play devil’s advocate.  And Margo didn’t have that at all.  So maybe, from the get go, I am not poised to like this book.

Aside from that personal preference, I also feel like the second half of the book is too chaotic and unclear–as if Tarryn Fisher tried to do too much that the pacing and overall clarity of her vision for this novel are compromised.

Despite being really well-written in the beginning, it just wasn’t enough to reconcile the second half for me to appreciate the book in its entirety.

This isn’t a “fun” fact but does provide more insight into the novel: Tarryn Fisher was inspired to write this book after she saw a YouTube video of a woman beating her baby.  Read why in her own words.

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