Marrow Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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 a 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.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 7 minutes|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 06, 2016|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #44,880 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#516 in Psychological Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,238 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#2,041 in Literary Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
Reviewed in the United States on April 27, 2015
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This is a story about a girl who is tired of seeing the wrong in the world and sets out to make it right. This story was sad and brutal. Definitely not for the faint of heart. It was also a story of finding yourself and seeing that everyone has a story. This book got a little weird there for awhile and I'm still not sure what happened but that just made the book even more special for me. This is my 2nd Tarryn Fisher book and excited to read more.
Wow this was good. One thing I love about Tarryn Fisher’s books are that she tends to focus on the villains. No character is without flaws, hurts, or some unsavory characteristics. Marrow is no different. This book follows the character Margo throughout her life and focuses on her relationships, inner changes, growth, and poetic vengeances. Marrow’s life is far from easy or simple, growing up in an area of Washington called the bone. These residential streets are home to drug dealers, prostitutes, broken families, and are often brushed aside from the help of law enforcement. Marrow sees abuses and injustices happening all around her and even within her own home. Eventually, Margo’s madness intensifies and she begins to reach into her own marrow, taking justice into her own hands.
I loved this book. I loved the characters and how each of them had their own struggles and secrets. I don’t think there was any character that was’t dealing with something. It made the characters interesting and added layers to the story and the world of the bone. The plot was also nicely paced and there were plenty of twists to keep the book interesting.
*** SLIGHT SPOILER BELOW***
Because I have also read “Mud Vein” by Tarryn Fisher (one of my new all time favorite books). My jaw dropped when we got a slight cameo by some characters from that book. I think my heart started to beat off the page then. Things so perfectly (heart breaking) intersected and I was not expecting it at all. It brought me back to the feelings I had when reading Mud Vein, and my heart was broken all over again.
Overall, this book was devastating in other ways. It shows the ways in which people harm others. Sometimes in ways that are so brutal, unrelenting, unforgivable, and downright abusive. I took one star off because I could have used a little more from the ending and it didn’t hit me quite as hard as “Mud Vein” did. However, it does leave you thinking and I would recommend it to others.
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This book is utterly gripping from the very start. Not my usual read if I'm honest, as it's quite dark and depressing and I know it won't be for everyone. It's so well written though and has you so emotionally involved that even if dark psychological tales aren't your usual genre, I'd encourage you to give it a go.
It's sad, heart wrenchingly so, with many twists and unexpected events. I found myself empathising with Margo, even though society's moral compass dictates that what she does is so very wrong. It's a complicated and intricately woven tale that stayed with me for a while after I had finished it.
My only criticism is that in places it seemed to jump into the next event, with no rhyme or reason. I'm not sure if that was just the author's way of demonstrating Margo's erratic thought processes? The ending was also left quite open. Other than that though I loved it and will be trying more by this author.
As to it giving me a clue as to why Never Never didn't work for me, I'm not sure. I do think they have 2 completely unique writing styles and perhaps it's just a case of never the twain should meet?
5 stars from me for this extremely powerful and profound book.
1 Tarryn Fisher hasn't done her job
2 You are weird
So I finished Marrow and, what the f have I just read?
The first half of the book reeks of desperation. Desperately poor. Desperately unhappy. Desperately needing love. Desperately needing hope. Poor Margo - never to have her nails painted, have a TV or buy a brand new bra and have to cut the tags off with the scissors from the kitchen drawer.
Every word used in perfect place. I could smell Bone and it's dirty inhabitants. I could feel the hope withering away as the eating house sucked it out of me. But Judah so proudly wearing his chair kept trying to give the hope back. It all felt so bleak.
Then the book takes a twist and Margo is a hero or is she a villain. Then is she sane or is she a mentalist? You draw your own conclusions. Whatever you decide Tarryn Fisher is a writer of the highest ability. The plot, the twists, the dysfunctional characters even those that appear fleetingly so perfectly shaped and crafted by Tarryn's amazing skills.
I still don't know what the f I just read but I do know I loved it.
Most perfect quotes:
"He smells of Old Spice and desperation."
"I have legs Judah, and I don't know how to use them. Your life walks, and you're going to walk out of the Bone and be something. The rest of us, and our working legs, are going to live and die in the Bone."
"Sadness is an emotion you can trust. It is stronger than all of the other emotions. It makes happiness look fickle and untrustworthy. It pervades, lasts longer, and replaces the good feelings with such an eloquent ease you don't even feel the shift until you are suddenly wrapped in its chains."
"There is no comfort for the broken."
"The loss of innocence is the most severe of growing pains. One day you believe you're Cinderella, and the next all your imaginary glimmer falls away, and you see yourself as just another poor f*(k sentenced to live out your days in the Bone."
"We are all sheep, who get jobs, and have babies, and diet, and try to carve something special out for ourselves using the broken hearts, and bored minds, and scathed souls life delivered to us."
"I don't want to hurt people, I don't have an innate need to, but they must be punished. That's what I do, or what I tell myself to do. I punish. I feel responsible for it. An eye for an eye. A beating for a beating. A burn for a burn. I have a conscience. It is different from the conscience of the average person."
Worth every superlative word in the dictionary and any that you care to make up.
Oh but the writing, can't express just how great it is. Here are just two examples, but there were so many;
'Bent in half by my grief, folded like a piece of paper. He grabs me before I can blow away.'
'I can barely feel the brick bite into my skin, the adrenaline coating my nerves like a nice, rubber sealant.'
Margo Moon's head is messed up because of her childhood and my head was messed up with her. I felt her psychosis and this is what makes the book so special, it takes you to dark depths and you want to go, you have to go.
I haven't read Mud Vein so I have no idea about the link between this book and that one and maybe my own interpretation of the ending will change. I will read Mud Vein next, but not yet, I need more time to mull over this book. That's what it does to you. It stays with you.
I actually read and finished this book back in early November, it's now nearly the end of 2015 and I have simply been unable to write a review of this book as it's just so darn emotional. I have never been that impacted before by a book. This book moved my entire book reading experience for LIFE.
I am going to keep this simple therefore as I can't get the words out...
I could go on, and on...
This book hit every single nerve I have. The characters are mind-blowing, the plot is like nothing I have ever read. I can't get my words out on this one. Please, just read it. Find out for yourself.
This one is a contender to be in my top ten reads of 2015 without a single doubt in the world. 6 out of 5 stars for this, simply stunning piece of fiction. Tarryn Fisher I will be watching out for.
Amazing. Just amazing.
As a writer myself, I am envious of the fluidly and progression of this book. Tarryn has taken a subject that is usually full of negativity, and has made it a talking point without even breaking a sweat. I am genuinely in awe of her and the characters she has created within the book.
We all live in our own version of the bone, we all struggle with our demons, and nearly all of us I suspect, would like to exact a little (or a lot) of revenge on the people that have hurt us irrevocably. The difference between us and Margo? An unwavering sense of... What? I'm honestly not sure.
I have long since gotten bored with the strong, together, female role model that gets her happily ever after. That's not real life. Real life is suffering, pain, misery... Real life is a baby being beaten by his own mother, and nobody caring enough to acknowledge it. Much less do anything to stop it. Our society places restrictions on us, that Margo shed, in order to free her world of evil. I love this about her.
This is not a book for the feint hearted, or for anyone that believes in the justice system. This is a book of substance, a book of grit, and I am a changed person for having read it.