Genre: Mystery, Thriller
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 don’t know what I expected when I decided to read Marrow, but it was not at all what I would have imaged the novel to be. Marrow is a dark story about a young woman’s life after being neglected as a child.
Marrow is one of those books that benefit from a vague synopsis, so I won’t go into too much detail about the plot.
Marrow successfully portrays a less than ideal protagonist’s first person perspective through a stream of consciousness writing style. I’m usually not a fan of this type of writing style because it’s easy for the author to get lost in small insignificant details. However, Fisher is able to present a more cleaned up stream of consciousness that doesn’t get bogged down in the details.
Margo is an interesting character because of the way she views the world. Her childhood is to blame for this view but, once again, Fisher doesn’t get bogged down in the details trying to assert cause and effect. She stays away from labeling Margo, which creates a character without rules so the reader has difficulty predicting her next move. Thereby leaving the reader at the complete mercy of the author.
This unpredictability also plays a large role in the plot. From the first page to the last, I didn’t know where the story was headed. After a bit, I gave up trying to figure out what would happen and just allowed myself to swept away with Margo and her decisions.
Overall, Marrow is a dark novel that I would recommend to fans of Gillian Flynn. If you’re a fan of Flynn’s female characters, you’ll instantly fall in love with Margo.