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 winvisible. It’s not until she develops a friendship with her wheelchair-bound neighbor, Judah Gr.ant, 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.
Shel:First of all, may I recommend that you have a support system in place prior to starting this novel? I'm so glad that I had Courtney, Jaime, and Jennifer available to panic with anxiety, heartbreak, or WTF moments and I think you'll want that too. If you don't have that see the links below to join Tarryn's FB group--it's an incredibly supportive and entertaining group (hello PLN's. love you). Court: Yes! Even if you're badass and decide to lone wolf read a TF novel, joining this group is an excellent idea and a lot of fun. But Shelley is so right. Have a sounding board. Unless you're like me reading late at night when your poor partner is sleeping, and you have to venture into the unknown like a big girl!!!
Shel: Another suggestion: either go in completely blind and curious or if it's too hard to do that, read the synopsis and let that be your guide. I went in completely blind, trusting Tarryn Fisher completely to do her job and hold me spellbound and this is exactly what she did. Court: Right from the very beginning didn't she?!?!? Funny when writing a review to get you to read a book, and I tell you there are almost no words that can adequately describe how much we love this woman's ability to write. Almost. Obviously we found more than a few! :)
Shel: If I even try to recap the plot, I feel that I will spoil way too much for anyone. Instead, I guess I ramble about my thoughts and feelings about this novel. Sorry? Court: Yes. Not Sorry.
Shel: The plight of Margo was one that was at all times heartwrenching and at many times a struggle in my heart and mind to make peace with. Her upbringing was a complete horror story (despite having a few good years). Her initial desire to blend in and be invisible and yet to also be seen and heard and felt and loved was something I think too many of us can identify with. And, her actions were simultaneously empowering, vindictive, vengeful, and horrific and yet I couldn't find myself disliking her for the negative things. Instead I tried to love her despite the things I didn't like. I tried to understand her--all of her--and I wanted to protect her, care for her, and support her. Does that make me strange? Maybe it's the teacher in me. I see things in this world and know things about this world, due to the stories of my students, that no one should see or know and I definitely think this influences the way that I felt about Margo. Court: I am right there with you Shel. She has so many reasons to be the way she is, but yet I liked her for who she was, who I hoped she would be, and the way she turned out to be as we were slowly unveiled our story. I thought early there the psychological components that we love so much in our reading were definitely going to be what carries her motivations...and if "Meeting Margo" was a big time pitch to get us to read the book and help get it released, it was definitely in the back of my mind as we "met her". And No Shel. That does not make you strange. I think it's the Mama in you as well, the teacher, the lover, and I figure these things come out in all of us, hopefully, that could see and eventually know Margo and all of the facets that influenced her.
Shel: The badass, justice seeking, vengeful person who lives inside of me applauded every fucked up thing that Margo did. Margo didn't see feel she had a choice. She did what she did and I understood; she was the antiheroine of my alternate badass universe--the leader of the antiheroine army (she could join forces with Leah Raeder's Laney in Black Iris and many of the world's evils could be eliminated). And I guess you can judge me for "getting" her and her actions and reasoning accordingly. Court: No judging! And I too thought of Laney! There are these girls being brought to us in these special stories and they aren't a cookie cutter heroine. Margo conflicted me to the extreme. Antiheroine to the extreme! and I loved it! I can't get enough of the ability that Tarryn has to get to the nitty gritty of the emotions, how she ties in the setting, and not one word is wasted on building this story and world. I am one of those readers who literally will try to figure out how things will be ended, only to be knocked over by it anyways. I am knocked over.
Shel: A few more things I'd like to mention--the images of the house, the crow, our marrow were striking and strong. The way that Tarryn Fisher wrote about poverty and the impoverished was powerful. And the way that she twisted my mind at the end was masterful. Court: I can't say that better at all, but I do want to say how much it affected me every time that Margo called it "the eating house" and for me it took on a life of it's own. It was just so much a part of her, and I felt it. Chills, ya'll.
Shel: At the end of the novel, Tarryn Fisher explains part of what provoked her to write this novel and I have to honestly say that what she said truly changed the way I think about the abused and the abuser. It's not that I didn't FEEL things before but I'd never really thought about why I should keep watching the horror as it plays out; I'd always turned away. Please read that note at the end; it altered me. Court: Yes. And I thank her for writing it, and exorcising these characters in this exact way, and releasing it for our minds to devour.
Shel: Tarryn Fisher is one of my pied pipers. I will follow her down any path. Court: And just think...we still have the Love Me With Lies series to devour. I am still scared. But I am still willing. Let's go.
Shel: Margo is a one woman show; a play with more than three acts; a complex woman who many will find polarizing and morally abhorrent. She's an unreliable antiheroine and I'm so glad to have made her acquaintance. Court: And yet, I honestly hope everyone will make her acquaintance. I find her fascinating in a dark and twisty way. I find these stories that might be hard to read absolutely necessary, and I hope that you...dear reader, are not polarized or afraid to make her acquaintance either, because it is necessary (broken record much...) but it is...Tarryn Fisher is an author who has the ability to pull every single emotion possible from you, and make you like being sucked dry, so she can fill you up with her words and emotions and characters...after reading Mud Vein and now this, I am profoundly changed, and cannot wait to read more from her!
**Thanks to Cris Hadarly at the Book Avenue for creating this amazing trailer!
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Tarryn Fisher’s Bio
Tarryn Fisher is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of six novels. Her newest novel, Marrow, just released in April 2015 and she is currently working on 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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