TITLE: Small Spaces
AUTHOR: Sarah Epstien
TRIGGER WARNING: mentions of childhood trauma, abuse, captives.
WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS?: WalkerbooksAUS sent this to me in exchange for an honest review!
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?
Small spaces is a solid thriller that deals with a girl who can’t quite figure out of what she saw as a child, was real, or all made up in her head.
This novel follows Tash, a young girl who witnessed another girl be abducted. At the time she told the police it was someone named “Sparrow” but as time went on, everyone believed that she was just a child craving attention and creating lies.
I think this novel created characters beautifully as I was constantly wanting to yell at those who didn’t believe tash, who held something she did as an eight year old, as a standard for her current self. Just because a kid lied at 8, doesn’t make them “crazy” as a teenager.
This had a slew of characters, some who supported and loved tash, others who didn’t believe her, and some that say somewhere in the middle. The plot of this novel was rather slow burning until you reached the end, where in everything starts piling on top of each other really fast.
I luckily didn’t guess who did what, and what was real. I had my suspicions, and the two other people who were suspected by Tash, did cause me to wonder if they had done it. But I didn’t guess who it really was until the last minute where it was all revealed.
Overall this featured a decent plot, easy to read writing and really intriguing characters. I’d recommend this to anyone who’s a fan of thrillers.
Until next time,