Small Spaces Review

Title: Small Spaces
Author: Sarah Epstein
Series: Not Applicable
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
Publication Date: 01 April 2018
Source: Pan Macmillan South Africa
Format: Paperback
Pages: 378
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reading Timeline: 09 October 2018

Goodreads Synopsis:

We don’t pick and choose what to be afraid of. Our fears pick us.

Tash Carmody has been traumatised since childhood, when she witnessed her gruesome imaginary friend Sparrow lure young Mallory Fisher away from a carnival. At the time nobody believed Tash, and she has since come to accept that Sparrow wasn’t real. Now fifteen and mute, Mallory’s never spoken about the week she went missing. 

As disturbing memories resurface, Tash starts to see Sparrow again. And she realises Mallory is the key to unlocking the truth about a dark secret connecting them. Does Sparrow exist after all? Or is Tash more dangerous to others than she thinks?

Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:

This is one of the Young Adult Thrillers that I am reading for Thrilltober. I am really excited for this book because it is one of my anticipated books for 2018. I don't really have too many expectations for going into this book but I am intrigued to see how everything pans out.

Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan South Africa for providing me with a copy of this book. Just a small disclaimer for those reading this review. I have received this book for free. Please note that this does not affect my opinion in any way. All thoughts are my own.

Writing Thoughts:

The writing was good. The pacing was very good and helped to move past the more stagnate scenes. The dialogue was also very interesting especially since you had some internal dialogue going on that allowed the reader some insight into Tash's mind.

Plot Thoughts:

The plot was very interesting because as the reader, you also start to question whether or not Sparrow is real. We are sort of convinced from the beginning that he isn't but there is a lot of evidence to indicate that he is perhaps real. This book definitely messes with your mind just as much as what is happening messes with Tash's. The plot is well thought out but in some cases, I wanted more of a connection between scenes.

Character Thoughts:

Tash is a complex character. We can see how the unravelling of her mind influences her relationships but we also see how certain situations change because of her paranoia. The other characters, however, fell flat for me. They lacked development and dimension. 

Final Thoughts:

Overall, this was a fantastic debut that really pulled me in. I believed the story. It drew me into Tash's mind and kept there, stuck between her present and her past. The writing had a good pace and the plot kept you on your toes. However, the side characters lacked dimension. But at the end of the day, the book was enjoyable. Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan South Africa for providing me with a copy of this book!

Yours in Reading,


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