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Book Review: Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein #AWW2018

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Seventeen-year-old Tash Carmody has been traumatised since the age of eight when she witnessed her imaginary ‘friend’ Sparrow, lure little Mallory Fisher away from a carnival. Mallory was found a week later but miles away from where she was taken. Nobody believed Tash at the time and she now accepts that Sparrow wasn’t real. But Mallory, now fifteen and mute, has never spoken about the week she went missing. And the kidnapper was never found.

The Fishers moved away but have now returned. Mallory’s brother Morgan is in Tash’s year. As she sees the Fishers, disturbing memories resurface and Tash begins to see Sparrow again. As Tash begins to mentally unravel, she realises the key to finding out if Sparrow exists is Mallory. But could Tash be the dangerous one?

This debut YA thriller was almost unputdownable for me. Once I was halfway into the book, I ended staying up late into the night on a weeknight to finish it as I just had to know the ending. Tash is an unreliable narrator and as a reader, it is hard to trust her memories and her current experiences. Unsurprisingly, you are hooked.

I enjoyed the friendship between Tash and Sadie, and the way in which Tash and Morgan reconnect. Tash’s family’s treatment of her is also portrayed perfectly. The chapters move between now and then, a format I tend to enjoy especially with thrillers. Most importantly, I liked Tash and yet, was unable to trust her all the time. Her anxiety, her trauma, her flaws, they were all extremely well thought out and made her endearing and frustrating all at once. Which is how we all are.

The ending was a little bit frustrating for me personally but I still think it was well thought out and complicated enough to take me by surprise. If you like psychological thrillers, do give this one a read.

My rating:

{4.5 would be more accurate!}

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***Read and reviewed for the 2018 Aussie Author Challenge, 2018 Australian Women Writers’ Challenge and Erin’s book challenge 9.0. Also linking with Kylie for IBOT***

Until next time,

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  • Natalie @ Be Kind 2 You
    28 August 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Ahhhh it sounds great and you have made me want to read it. Yes… another book on my list.

  • Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    28 August 2018 at 3:10 pm

    I’m not a thriller reader per se lately I’ve started to really get in to the genre. I will keep an eye out for this title at the library.

  • Soumya
    28 August 2018 at 10:48 pm

    Oh the story sounds so damn interesting! Some times unreliable narrators give out the best stories 🙂

    Added to my TBR.