Review: MARROW by Tarryn Fisher


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.

I want to start by saying that Marrow is in my top 5 reads for this year. 

I would love to tell you this book is a thriller, or a mystery but the truth is that trying to fit Marrow into a genre is impossible, Tarryn should be a genre of her own! 

Margo Moon has had one tough life. She lives in the Bone, a poor and neglected neighborhood outside Seattle. In a house she calls the eating house, this house she lives in is toxic and suffocating. She's always felt as if it truly sucked the life out of her, in a way surviving by feeding off of the people that inhabit it. In this case it was Margo and her mother. Margo's mom is not much of an improvement when compared to the eating house and the underprivileged, crime ridden neighborhood she lives in. Her mother has changed over the years and became more reclusive and stopped talking to Margo all together. 

Margo doesn't have many friends, as a matter of fact, the only friend she had moved away while they were in high school. Margo went from home to school and back and later, she went from home to work and back everyday. Nothing ever changed in the Bone, drugs were still being dealt, crime was still being ignored, and people were still stuck in this neighborhood perpetuating the cycle. Margo has accepted what her life is, and has learned to fend for herself. 

One day Margo strikes conversation with her neighbor Judah and they become fast friends. Judah and Neveah, a neighborhood girl who rides the bus with Margo, were her only friends, though soon news that something terrible has happened to Neveah changes everything. 

Margo is determined to find out what happened and of course Judah helps her as much as he can, taking in consideration that Judah is condemned to a wheelchair. Margo goes out to find the truth and truth she found, but this truth also changed something in her that would never go back the way it was.
Margo would take it upon herself to make people pay. 

Here is where I had to make the decision of whether I should tell you more about the story or maybe just what I thought about it. I went into Marrow completely blind, hadn't even read the synopsis, I wanted to be surprised.
There are so many things that happen in Margo's story that made me put down my book to process what was happening.  As much as I would love to tell you specifics talking about any of the major events in the story would throw me into 100% spoiler territory.
Margo is a complex character, I feel that not only is she main character but also someone we can all identify with up to a certain level.
Margo sees injustice, injustice in a place where it's ignored on the daily basis, where people don't matter, and where the weak suffer in silence. Margo takes justice into her own hands. She reminds me a bit of Dexter now that I think about it! lol 

And like Dexter you almost can't help but root for her. How many times have we felt like standing up to injustice but don't. So I'm not ashamed to say that I totally gave Margo a mental high five, because I could very clearly see where she was coming from. Margo is a bad-ass and a force of nature. 

The relationships in Marrow are all interesting in their own way. Margo's and Jonah's relationship is - I think, what keeps everything balanced and sane (as insane as that may sound later on), he is her rock and her conscience in more ways than one. Even her relationship with her mother has shaped her to be who she is.
Margo leaves the Bone in search of a better life, trying to break the never ending cycle. Chasing hope. Always making sure that evil deeds don't go unpunished.

Marrow was blunt, unapologetic, emotional, raw, brutal and more than anything thought provoking. When I turned the last page of Margo's story I was greeted by a letter from Tarryn to us readers, and by the end of it I was overcome by emotion and had real tears running down my face.
We can all find a bit of Margo in us, and that, is not a bad thing. 
Marrow is one of those books that you read and forever stays with you, you will pick it up again later in life and re read it or maybe not but one thing I can guarantee, is that you will never forget Margo Moon. 

Purchase your copy of Marrow here

Tarryn Fisher is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of five novels. 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.


1 comment:

  1. Awesome review. I agree that Margo will stay with me for a long time. This book was crazy good.


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