marrow

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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Paula's Review

It’s been a very long time since I’ve read a book that I couldn’t stop thinking about when I had to put it down. Or even a book that I couldn’t wait to get back to. I was excited to be excited about a book. My excitement was a life of it’s own. !!!

I need to say this, I love my HEA’s, yet more and more I seem to be drifting to books where a HEA is not guaranteed. Am I becoming jaded? *gasp* I don’t want to be jaded. HEA’s are important to me to the point that sometimes I analyze why that is…

Am I a die hard romantic? Or childishly naive regarding love?

So get this, there is a little discussion about this in the book. I think Tarryn Fisher diagnosed me! And now I’m sad about me.

Okay, so what is Marrow about? Hm.

Short professional version : It’s a dark, twisted psychological thriller about vengeance and the injustice in the world. Probably what most of us feel like doing to murderers, rapists, and abusers but our moral compass would never allow us to do. An eye for an eye.

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Long winded version:

This book was insane! It actually reminded me a bit of the show Dexter. If you’re not familiar with that show…well, there’s Google.

Margo lives in a poverty ridden area called the Bone. It’s an area filled with abuse and neglect; I could feel the desperation and hopelessness reeking off the characters. Margo is lonely and isolated and when she befriends Judah, sweet Judah, who I loved, my hope for her getting out of the Bone swelled.

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But then, things went haywire. Margo becomes a one woman vigilante. She is the judge, jury, and executioner; the epitome of an anti heroine. I should have been appalled at the lengths Margo went to, but somehow Tarryn Fisher made her so human, made me sympathize with her to such a degree, that I was more concerned she was going to get caught. I still had a spark of hope for Margo, because, yeah, still secretly wanting that happily ever after.

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This book had me in chills almost the entire time I was reading. Some authors tell you a story, and then there are those who paint a picture so vivid and layer it so richly you completely lose yourself. That was Marrow for me. My brain was in heaven with the way this story was littered with things that had me second guessing what was actually going on. The biblical references alone had me questioning and deep thinking everything. It was smart, y’all. And it caused me to have either the wildest theory in my history of theories, or the most brilliant. Here’s a clue. Warning–If I’m right, this could be spoilerish…

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Yep. Jesus. Mhm. That’s all I’m sayin’.

Marrow took my emotions on a journey that left me exhausted at the end. And I loved it. I’m a Pollyanna of sorts, always looking for the good, and Marrow isn’t sugar coated with unicorns and rainbows and happily ever afters. The contrast between hope/hopelessness, good/evil, right/wrong had me slightly depressed, actually. The weight of the words affected me. When I wasn’t reading and I was out and about, I noticed others. Wondered what their circumstances were. Read it and you’ll understand what I’m talking about. And feel free to let me know if you think my theory is right.

I finished the book with as many questions as when I was reading but sometimes those are the best endings. No black and white, like in life, just a whole lot of grey.

5 Stars

About the Author

TARRYN FISHER is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of five novels, and is currently working on two more (Marrow and the second installment of Never Never). She is the co-founder of Clothed Caption, a fashion blog she runs with her friend, Madison Seidler. Tarryn resides in the Seattle area with her family. She loves rainy days, Coke, and thinks Instagram is the new Facebook. Tarryn is represented by Amy Tannenbaum of the Jane Rotrosen Agency.

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