I left the hotel gym, IPad in hand, reluctantly. Not that I wanted to exercise more (although considering the amount of french fries I had the night before maybe that should have been the reason). But instead I didn’t want to stop reading TB Markinson’s new novel,Marionette
I am fortunate. Over the last few months I have gotten to know TB quite well. We email almost every day. So as I walked back to my room I couldn’t help it. I sent her an email and asked her a question about the main character, Paige. Isn’t that the advantage of knowing the author?
TB didn’t comply. She wanted me to read. So did I, to tell the truth. But friends and family were coming to the hotel later that day to spend time with us. I was worried I wouldn’t get my reading time in and I was really curious….
Curiosity pretty much sums up the emotion you feel as you read Marionette. The book is a true page turner!
Paige Alexander is seventeen and although she has her whole life in front of her, she doesn’t want to live it. Her older girlfriend, Jess, comes home to find that Paige has slit her wrists.
When Paige leaves for college she promises Jess that she will go to therapy, which she instantly regrets doing. Paige doesn’t believe there is help for her, nor does she want to relieve her painful past….
But what is that painful past?
And why is Paige afraid of ending up murdered like her best friend, Alex?
If all this wasn’t bad enough, Paige is afraid to let anyone know that she is a lesbian. Tensions are already high at her small college, as the students debate if gays are entitled to equal rights. As the debates turn violent, Paige begins to worry about a new person in Jess’s life.
I love the way that TB told this story. It was incredibly realistic. Little by little Paige allowed her therapist and her college roommates in. But as the reader you couldn’t help wonder if Paige was always being honest. Was she telling the therapist the truth or was she just making stuff up to appease her? Many times while reading I had my doubts. These doubts made me read faster. I had to find out what made Paige tick.
All the characters were well developed. Paige had a wicked / sarcastic sense of humor that often had me laughing out loud. And I loved the “cast of characters” that made up Paige’s college life. They were all so relatable!