If someone asked me to describe Tarryn Fisher’s books, I wouldn’t know where to start. Some books are romance, some thriller-esque, mysteries, self-adventures… you can’t put her in a box. The only thing all of her books have in common is that the writing comes from her soul; each book a reflection of Tarryn at that stage in her life. I like to think of them, cheesily, as horcruxes. Within each novel, she has poured something of herself; be it her love of another, her view of humanity, her view of herself or her feelings about the world we live in. From that, her readers are able to confront feelings they didn’t know they felt or didn’t want to acknowledge. Her books, no matter how painful they might be to read at the time, afford some kind of self-realisation or closure – at least, that’s what they’ve done for me.
Early this morning (UK time), Tarryn released her eleventh book, Atheists Who Kneel and Pray, which is set to be her best book yet. Supposedly a return to romance, AWKAP is about Yara, a wandering muse, and David, a man in search of one. All I can say is that whatever journey this novel takes me on, I will be forever grateful for the words Tarryn writes, the stories she spins and the parts of herself she gives us an insight into.
If you’ve never read a Tarryn Fisher book, you should start.
Yara Phillips is a wandering muse. She dates men who need her, but always moves on to something new, never staying in one place for very long.
David Lisey is in need of a muse. A talented musician lacking lyrical inspiration. When he first sees her, he knows he’s found what he’s been looking for.
Yara believes she can give David exactly what he needs to reach his full potential: A broken heart.
David’s religion is love. Yara’s religion is heartache.
Neither is willing to surrender, but religion always requires sacrifice.