Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein
Genre: Thriller, #LoveOzYa
Publication: August 1st, 2019
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
Source: Publisher – Thank You
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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?
Enter the lovely Star who read and reviewed Small Spaces on my behalf.
Small Spaces is a book that I found would stay with me for a long time after I finished reading it. If I had to do something, I found myself thinking about when I could pick it up again. I thought about it constantly, and wondered what was going to happen next in the story.
The book had me hooked from the start. I was intrigued about Sparrow and just exactly what was going on with them.
Tash Carmody, the main character, was an interesting character to read about. She has had obvious childhood trauma when she witnesses her friend Mallory Fisher be lured away by her imaginary friend, Sparrow. But surely that can’t be? An imaginary friend can’t actually lure away a little girl from a carnival. After the incident, and after Mallory is found, the Fishers move away to never be heard from again.
Tash spends years trying to get past the memory, but it all comes rushing back when the Fishers move back to town several years later.
At the same time, Tash starts seeing Sparrow again.
She’s understandably confused, and all of the old memories of Sparrow, and no one believing her that he was real, comes back to her. She has no idea what to do, or how to begin to process it, but one thing she does know is that Mallory, who is mute, is the key to finding out exactly what went on that night Mallory was abducted.
Small Spaces had me on the edge of my seat, and not only did I doubt Tash, but I doubted everyone around her.
This book was thrilling, a bit creepy, and explored having an imaginary friend in ways that I had never thought of, or experienced, before.
This was an absolutely enthralling read for me.
3 thoughts on “Small Spaces: #LoveOZYA Review”
This book is one I’ll scream forever about for people to love. It was THAT GOOD.
Thanks for having me on your blog, Sarah! You’re a gem!
Thanks for being here XOXO ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
Wasn’t it amazing, I love books with unreliable narrators because you can’t distinguish what’s actually real. I was creeped out and intrigued and couldn’t stop reading this one either and what a brilliant debut novel! I’m not the best I’ve read. Great review Star, really enjoyed it!