on April 18th, 2015
Genres: Psychological Thriller
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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 hasnÔÇÖt spoken to her in over two years. She lives her days feeling invisible. ItÔÇÖs 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, sheÔÇÖs determined to find evil and punish itÔÇôtargeting rapists and child molesters, one by one.
But hunting evil is dangerous, and Margo risks losing everything, including her own soul.
~Review by Anja
I don’t know where to start with this one… Not only was Marrow my first Tarryn Fisher book (I know, I know. Shame on me), it was also my first psychological thriller. Tarryn popped my cherry twice there, and damn did she do an amazing job. It was explosions, fireworks, and then the unavoidable outcry of “wait, what? That’s it?! It can’t be done already?”
Tarryn fucked my mind good and thoroughly with Marrow. I’m not sure whether to cry, or laugh, or sit in a corner and question my life choices. This book will stay with me awhile, I can feel it, just like I know my usual remedies for a bookhangover won’t help this time.
But I’m going to try anyway. Even if formulating coherent thoughts right now is still difficult.
Tarryn takes us on a journey that is unconventional, to say the least. The Bone is a place most of us only ever hear of, where poverty dominates and directs who you are and the life choices you makeÔÇöyour essence, your marrow. Children learn to protect themselves early in life, instead of being protected by their parents.
When we first meet Margo she’s overweight, shy, weak, insecureÔÇöafraid of everything. A rough childhood forced her to grow up hard and fast. The one good thing in her life is her neighbor and friend, Judah. Slowly, throughout the first part of the novel that chances, and she becomes a strong, brave, toned young woman.
Circumstances, life choices, and a healthy dose of chance changes her path irrevocablyÔÇöchanges her forever. She decides to be the protector of children, fight for them since no one else seems to care. Margo travels down a dangerous path of vengeance, destruction, and evil. All the while trying not to lose her own soul, but can doing evil acts be justified because one is protecting the innocent? How far can she go before losing her soul? Will she embrace her marrow fully or can she be saved?
Marrow blew my mind! I donÔÇÖt know how else to put it. It took me down a path I never traveled before and it made me question my beliefs and values. What kind of evil can be justified? Where is the line? I do love books that question my view on things, make me look at circumstances differently, and that destroy my world as I knew it. I still canÔÇÖt explain how I felt when I finished Marrow; I was exhausted, confused, and yes, happy for some ungodly reason. Yet, I cannot recommend Marrow enough! Tarryn Fisher has taken everything I believe in and blown it to smithereens. Well done, Tarryn. Well done. Now, if youÔÇÖll excuse me, IÔÇÖll be back in my corner trying to get over this
(Previously posted on TheBookEnthusiast)
~Review by Paula
Let me start by saying, that Marrow by Tarryn Fisher is written with an uncanny talent and pulls the reader in from page one. Then it doesn’t let you go. The plot is twisted, dark and at times uncomfortable. It’s intelligent and poetic. It’s everything a book should be.
So you’re probably asking yourself why I only gave it 3 stars. I had to ask myself the same question. And the answer wasn’t easy to find. Because objectively, this book is awesome. The author did it all really well.
At the end, I think it just wasn’t for me. Marrow and I didn’t click. At all. Part of the reason was the all-consuming sadness, depression and hopelessness that wove throughout the whole story like a spider web you can’t escape. It was too much for me. The little, tiny sliver of hope that the story offered, might or might not have been real, which just pissed me off.
I don’t need the happy-go-lucky book or a happy ending, but this one was just too much. It left me emotionally and mentally drained, but not in the same way other dark reads did that.
Another thing that put me off a bit was the fact that there was no real climax to the story. At least not for me. I might be one of the very few, but it just felt monotone.
3 way-too-sad stars.