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Mud Vein

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  22,463 ratings  ·  4,140 reviews
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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 283 pages
Published April 5th 2014 (first published March 8th 2014)
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Colleen Hoover
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is so much better than Tarryn Fisher being naked in your hotel room, spread eagle on the couch eating ice cream out of the tub.
I don't like ice cream though, so I'm not sure what that says about this book.
I also don't like Tarryn Fisher.
Or hotel rooms.
I like eagles, but they're going extinct.
But Mud Vein was good, though. Right? Can I get an Amen?
Aestas Book Blog
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing

“That’s what it’s like to be a prisoner of anything. You want your freedom until you get it, then you feel bare without your chains.”


That was pretty much my response after finishing this book. Just woah. I didn’t even know what to say about it. What could I say that would properly convey my feelings about this book? I felt like my review should just have been 3 words and 2 hashtags:

JUST READ IT. #BringTissues #ItsComplicated

There are very few authors in the world whose books I
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-reads
I feel like I've been swimming in the open ocean and now I'm exhausted and floating.

I'm not sure if the world is ready for Tarryn Fisher. This is how I felt as I was reading this book:

Jennifer Kyle

The writing is definitely 5 Stars but I didn't like the story, the main character, the lack of conversation, the reveal or the ending.

Writing- 5 Stars
Main character- 1 Star
Enjoyment- 1 Star
Reveal- 1 Star
Time spent in cabin: Hours
Ending: 1 Star
Wow factor- 1 Star
Overall Message- Lame

The reason for not even a 3 Star rating is because there wasn't even one scene that I actually liked. I love dark books so that wasn't the case with this one being too dark. I was somewhere between frustrated, bored
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
2 STARS - biggest disappointment of the year

Where do I even begin?

Well, since part of my excitement to read this book was seeing the “Mud Vein faces” plastered all over my Facebook feed, I suppose I could show you my Mud Vein Face (actually there are two).

Mud Vein Face #1:


This face is appropriate for the first 60% of the book.

Mud Vein Face #2:


This face is appropriate for the last 40% of the book.

Book rating breakdown:

Writing: 3
Story: 1
Emotion: 3
Concept: 2
Steam: 0
Believability: 0
Senna: 1
Jan 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed, 2014

Title: Mud Vein
Series: Standalone
Author: Tarryn Fisher
Release Date: 6th April, 2014
Rating: 1 stars
Cliffhanger:. No
HEA: (view spoiler)

I have no idea how to properly review this book without giving away huge spoilers; it’s almost impossible to do so. But as I want to explain step by step what made me hate Tarryn Fisher’s novel I will divide my review .First part of it will be short and to the point and you can read it without worrying about reading spoilers. Second one will
Jul 19, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
*Major Spoilers*

Look, I live in a 3rd world country and even as I write this review there's no power and my Iphone's hotspot is the only reason I have internet connectivity. It's 4 in the morning and I've spent the last 6 hrs reading MV.

Why should you care about my 3rd world problems you ask? So you understand the lack of electricity did not deter me from reading this book until I had read the very last word. Yup, the writing was superb.

Yet, I hated it.

It was one big pity fest; both Isacc and S
“You'll feel me in the fall backwards."

Mud Vein is one of those books that when you're done and you put it down the first thing that you think is "what the hell did I just read?", and that's a good thing. I'm going to rate this book, but I have no idea at the same time if the rating will be fitting... I just don't know. I can see why someone would rate this a one and why someone would rate this a ten.

Mud Vein follows Senna, a recluse writer and Isaac, her ex. The two wake up locked away in a
JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust
DNF ......... I SURRENDER !

This is definitely a case of " it's not you, it's me ". I am NOT a fan of overly descriptive dialogue and after 2 hrs, all I retained from the story was the following :

*Senna's a reclusive author.
*She is trapped in a cabin w/ Isaac.
*She prefers square nail beds rather than oval.
*Senna struggles to stay focused on one particular subject.
*Brownish bath water does not phase her.
*She won't wear undergarments unless she purchased them.

Furthermore, One particular c
Pearl Angeli
"It's the darkness that pulls me in. Your mud vein."

5 Stars!

Tarryn Fisher, you just left me speechless there!

This may be one of the best unsettling books I've read in my entire life. It's dark and twisted, chilling and psychotic, and totally riveting. Mind-blown!


"Someone could take your body, use it, beat it, treat it like it's a piece of trash, but what hurts far worse than the actual physical attack is the darkness it injects in you."

Mud Vein begins when Senna Richards
~ Becs ~
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, dark-angsty
Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.

~ Charles Dickens

Well, it’s safe to say this book really did a number on me. I can sum up my experience in a few choice adjectives – shock, bewilderment, obsession, denial and sadness. It’s a painful read – one that will stay with you long after you close the last chapter. This book is so consuming that it seeped into my subconscious and lingered and festered there
Amy | Foxy Blogs
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
$.99 deal

Curious to find out why some friends DNF-ed this book while others LOVED it.

Let the mind games begin.


I've finished and I'm on the side that loved the story. MUD VEIN was more of a psychological thriller than a true romance. I experienced similar feelings as when I watched the movie Misery back in 1990.


Don't go into this book thinking you are reading a romance book because you'll be disappointed. The plot is filled with
Jul 28, 2013 marked it as dnf
DNF at 32%... no rating.

Tarryn Fisher's writing is superb. I love her. Her Love me with Lies series blew me away. I really tried to get into this book, but unfortunately, after 1/3 of the way through I felt no connection to the characters. I'm not sure if it's my mood or what, but I'm going to shelf this one for now. I may go back eventually and finish it, I may not. The 32% I read was very well written, I know a lot of friends who have loved it. It just wasn't working for me at this time...

I have no words that will do any review of this story justice. This book made me feel things that no other book has ever came close to making me feel. All I really know is that this novel makes me feel guilty for giving any other novel a five star rating.

I can say that Tarryn Fisher has the most beautiful writing I've ever read. In my whole twenty-six years of existence, I have never read anything as beautiful. The last sentence on this book will probably haunt me for some time, and I look forw
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Initial Thoughts after reading:

Well that left me an utter mess. Not sure how to rate this yet. I'm still in the middle of piecing my heart back together. Review to come.

Final review:
It pains me to write this review, because I LOVED Tarryn’s Love Me With Lies series. It’s one of my all time favorite series, one of the most memorable for me. While I can’t say Mud Vein was unmemorable, quite the opposite, I can’t stop thinking about it. The difference is, I wish I could.

My main reason for the low
Beth Hudspeth
Review posted at: Hello Beautiful Book Blog

A mud vein is the dark strip down the back of a shrimp. You have to take it out for it to be clean. The mud vein is the darkness. I think we all have a small one in us, some are more easily seen. Some wear their mud vein on their face, others try to cover it up with everything they can.

The landscape described in Mud Vein closely mirrors Senna. It is barren, it is solitude and silence, she is trapped in the landscape, but the landscape is her. There
Mali Mor ❤️ The Romantic Blogger

Wow, this book... fucking WOW!!!!!!! 💥💣💥💣

It's different, but ingenious...
It's hard, but really fascinating...
It's heart clenching, but wonderful...
It is not standard but excellently written...
It doesn't make much sense, but so special...
It's unlike anything I've read before - and managed to completely undermine me!!! 😭😭😭

📚 "𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭'𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐢𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞?" 𝐈 𝐚𝐬𝐤𝐞𝐝 𝐡𝐢𝐦. "𝐁𝐞𝐭𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐬𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐞?"
"𝐎𝐧𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐢𝐜𝐞, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭." 📚

I won't write anything about the plot, because
2 stars

God, this is a hard one for me.

I absolutely LOVE Fisher's writing style. It's beautiful and unique and always conjures up various emotions for me. And while the writing in Mud Vein was as gorgeous as ever....the actual story left me feeling cold and detached.

I don't really want to sit here and list all of the problems I had with this book. I actually hate writing negative reviews over all. But, i feel like i need to at least partially explain why it was a struggle for me to even give this
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
So, I'm starting off my review with the letter that TF left her readers and I'm highlighting some very crucial parts. Parts you need to pay careful attention to if you're serious about reading this book.

"Dear Reader,
I am a writer and words are my weapon. I want to hurt you. I want my words to be salt, and I want to pour them into your open wound. I want my words to be jagged pieces of mirror that you can see yourself reflected in. I am a sadist otherwise known as an artist. My books are a call t
Amy Harmon
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I just read Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher. I have no words. The story was compelling, yes. Compulsively readable? Absolutely; I read it straight through the night without stopping. But you know what? It was the turn of phrase, the language, the metaphor, the absolutely stunning beauty of the narrative that reeled me in. I tend to skim when I read. I can't help it. But I didn't skim with Mud Vein. I couldn't. The words were like tentacles. I couldn't escape them. I am truly in awe of Tarryn Fisher's ...more
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing

One of the best books I’ve ever read. Powerful. Introspective. Suspenseful. Gripping. Heartbreaking. An emotional powerhouse perfectly crafted and brilliantly written.

“It’s your darkness that pulls me in. Your mud vein. But sometimes having a mud vein will kill you.”

I experienced this book, alone, in a quiet house on a rainy day, which I felt was ominously appropriate. A dark, cold day listening to the melodic spattering of rain as the words from this story battered my thoughts more forceful
Apr 03, 2014 rated it liked it
This book was beautifully written and I would definitely read more books by this author. Unfortunately, I didn't love this book like I was expecting to. I never really felt like I connected with Senna at all, maybe as a result of her being so emotionally detached for most of the book. Not having that attachment, I never did fall in love with the story. It was "ok" overall, even though the writing and complex plot twists were absolutely superb. I really think the only thing stopping me from lovin ...more
Ash Wednesday
Jul 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Varian Krylov
Recommended to Ash Wednesday by: Buddy Read with Ana Rita
”You are at once both the quiet and the confusion of my heart.”
-Franz Kafka

I couldn’t choose a quote from this book, so we’ll go with that one.

Well this certainly wouldn’t be a crowd pleaser. But something about an author as established as Tarryn Fisher refusing to pander to certain limits and expectations makes me want to outright slap a 5 star rating on Mud Vein. Something about seeing her unmistakable fingerprints all over a book that is such a departure from the comforts set by a
 Megan • Reading Books Like a Boss (book blog)
Review — Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher
5 stars

Mud Vein is a life changing book. It is a book that you don't read, you absorb it. You savor it. Tarryn Fisher's words spoke to me, the deepest part of me. After I finished this book, I couldn't even move on to something else. Instead, I immediately reread it. Mud Vein left me with this indescribable feeling that I don't want to wash off with other words. Instead, I want to keep swimming in the sea of Senna Richards and her darkness. Mud Vein is one of my all-time favorite books.

Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Ha! Just kidding. Calm down, fangirls. I really had you going there for a minute though, didn’t I? Mud Vein definitely isn’t the worst thing I’ve ever read. Heck, it isn’t even the worst thing I’ve read this week (still looking at you for that one, Ted Callahan). I added this book to my TBR because . . . well, mainly because it was only a buck, but also because Tarryn Fisher and Colleen Hoover’s new co-written book was getting lots
**** 6 STARS ****

“What’s the difference?” I asked him. “Between the love of your life, and your soul mate?”

“One is a choice, and one is not.”


“You are my truth”.

This book.... *swallows hard* this book cut deep and left a scar in its wake.

I said it in my Love Me With Lies series review and I’m going to say it again....Tarryn Fisher's writing is so raw, rare, elegant and rhythmical -it penetrates through to your skin, runs through your veins and pierces your heart. It flows so natur
Hannah (bookwormstalk)
I recently read a memoir that climbed its way to the top of my favorites, so of course I wanted to reread my longtime favorite to reevaluate where they both stand. I'm happy to say that this still lives up there. Even the second time around it hit me like a ton of bricks. The insights, the perspectives--this book is special. There are few books that are markers, and what I mean by that is a book that marks a clear before and after in my life because of reading it. I feel different after reading ...more
Angela Richardson
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Superbly written. I was dying to know how who/why/how from the very beginning and it kept me guessing the entire time. Did I like the But I understand why it ended that way. The message is beautiful, dark and thought provoking. There is so much you can take away from this book on a very positive emotional level. But...In saying that, I didn't cry or feel very effected. Perhaps cause when we came to the big reveal, I thought it would have a lot more impact, a different reason or spin ...more
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Mud Vein is the story of a bestselling author who awakes on her 33rd birthday to find herself having been abducted and trapped in a secluded house, stocked with food, supplies, and the man who saved her years ago... but there's no way out, and no explanation. Just snow, and silence.

It wasn't like me, but everything had changed. And if he kept showing up for me, I could show up for him. Just this once.

Senna is such an incredible and unique narrator. She is cold, stone cold - brut
3 Mind-blowing Stars


I will not tell you the story of this book. Just read the blurb.
This is one of those books that will mess with your emotions in such a big way, that you have to dive in knowing the less possible… believe me, it will enhance your reading experience in a way that will leave you emotionally naked and mind-blown.
Just avoid as much spoilers as you possibly can before read it.


Rating: 3 Stars.
Storyline: I’m not the biggest fan of dark stories that mess with a much hidden part
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“What’s the difference?” I asked him. “Between the love of your life, and your soulmate?”
“One is a choice, and one is not.”
“You’ve been silent your whole life. You were silent when we met, silent when you suffered. Silent when life kept hitting you. I was like that too, a little. But not like you. You are a stillness. And I tried to move you. It didn’t work. But that doesn’t mean you didn’t move me. I heard everything you didn’t say. I heard it so loudly that I couldn’t shut it off. Your silence, Senna, I hear it so loudly.” 296 likes
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