I received this book free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Mud Vein on April 18th 2014
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 to be found. With her survival hanging by a thread, Senna soon realizes this is a game. A dangerous one. Only the truth can set her free.
‘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.’
Senna Richards leads a life of solitary. Her novels have been on the bestseller’s list but she doesn’t wish to be famous, she’d rather be left alone. She awakes on the morning of her thirty-third birthday unable to recognize the walls around her and outside her windows all she can see is snow for miles. Enough food has been stockpiled to last her months upon months which she considers fortunate seeing as she’s unable to leave the locked cabin. In each of the rooms lies the evidence to who her captor is and private details of her life that she’s told few. Will the food last long enough for Senna to determine how to break out of this mind game someone is playing on her?
‘Fear, light footed, dances around me. She whispers seductively in my ear. We are lovers, fear and I. She calls to me, and I let her in.’
Mud Vein is an intense psychological thriller that I found to be quite fascinating. The story opens with Senna finding herself locked in a cabin in the middle of nowhere and the author slowly gives out details of Senna’s past in order to determine who exactly has done this to her. Senna, a recluse that rarely ventures out in public for anything other than the basic necessities, was a strange yet interesting character. After a brutal attack leaves her irrevocably changed she chances upon a man who nurses her back to health and inadvertently becomes an integral part of her life. Senna’s behavior after the attack was completely understandable and heartbreaking. No one should have to go through the mental trauma that she experienced in such a short time. While her behavior after the attack was conceivable, I had a bit of difficulty understanding how prior incidents caused her to separate herself completely from the world. I think more details on her past would have been helpful to show the emotional impact it had on her.
I don’t typically read a lot of indie because the writing isn’t as polished as I expect from books. Mud Vein was for the most part well-done and while there were several sections that were missed in editing it wasn’t enough to diminish my enjoyment of the book. The story itself was written in such a way as to keep the pages turning, only giving you small snippets of information and always leaving you wanting more. I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump as of late and I read this book faster than any in recent weeks. The conclusion was surprising yet did leave me with questions on the motivation behind it all. I feel that I was so wrapped up in Senna’s confusion that I never took a step back to evaluate what was happening to her. It seems to me now that the answer could have and should have been obvious but I was kept oblivious in the dark until the final reveal.
There are many other details of this book that impressed me greatly but it would be careless of me to share. This is definitely a story that is much more enjoyable knowing as little as possible so as to experience the shock firsthand. Mud Vein is going to be a good read to those that enjoy psychological thrillers.