Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein

Small Spaces

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...

Details Small Spaces

TitleSmall Spaces
Release DateApr 1st, 2018
PublisherWalker Books Australia
GenreYoung Adult, Thriller, Mystery, Mystery Thriller

Reviews Small Spaces

  • C.G. Drews
    Okay and WOW this one definitely glued my entire face to the page. It's seriously one of those thrillers were I was like, "Eh I'll read a few chapters before working on stuff" and then it's like an hour later and I'm flipping pages anxiously after shouting at the sun a bit and checking under my bed 57 times and saying, "whAt iS GoING ONNNN."Solid stuff here. Am a fan.Also two things to note: (1) I CAN'T check under my bed because my bed is on the...
  • Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
    For anyone living outside of Australia, the easiest way to get a copy is through Book Depository!: HECK, ASJGKSJAJWK. No seriously, what just happened? Like, those last 30 or so pages were just... plot twisty so cue more ASJGKSJAJWK. Small Spaces is an outstanding YA debut psychological thriller that kept me hooked. I had lessons most of the day today but honestly, this book kept calling me. I FLIPPING...
  • Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
    Trigger warnings: child abuse, drug use, animal cruelty, mental illnessA fantastic, deliciously creepy read from an unreliable narrator who is being haunted by her childhood imaginary friend. The mystery constantly kept me guessing and I loved the psychologist reports from the past being interchanged with the present, as Tash learns to navigate the traumatic thoughts of her past. As I was reading, you were constantly thinking - is she mentally il...
  • Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
    The New South Wales coastal town of Port Bellamy is synonymous with Mallory Fisher, abducted from the promenade carnival and discovered wandering the surrounding forest physically unharmed. Natasha Carmody wandered the carnival alone, visiting the small rural community as her brother was welcomed into the world. Child psychiatrist Ingrid Ballantine believes Sparrow is a manifestation of isolation, a fabrication created by a child displaced by a s...
  • Rachael
    *safe part of the review with no spoilers* What a ripper debut. I am not exaggerating when I say this book made my heart pound. The suspense was excellent. It kept me guessing all the way to the reveal. Sarah Epstein made me totally paranoid, I couldn’t trust any of the characters! I read this over several nights. Nights, people! And it had me checking shadows in the hall on the way to the loo. Hells bells! Also: the writing is beautiful. I am ...
  • Fleur Ferris
    A beautifully crafted psychological thriller. I couldn’t put it down.
  • Pavitra (For The Love of Fictional Worlds)
    Disclaimer: A Physical Copy was provided via Penguin India. The Thoughts, opinions & feelings expressed in the review are however my own. Actual Rating 4. 25 Stars This psychological YA thriller is a debut by Sarah Epstein – but sure doesn’t really read like one. Small Spaces had me hooked and glued to the pages and even when I had to keep the book aside to wallow in reality (ugh!) I couldn’t stop thinking about the book nor the character...
  • Nadia King
    Small Spaces is a spooky, suspenseful read from Australian author, Sarah Epstein. It’s Epstein’s debut book and the kind of YA psychological thriller guaranteed to have you wishing you read it in the safety of daylight and not into the small hours of the night when every sound scares you silly.Seventeen-year-old, Tash Carmody lives in a small town on the New South Wales coast. Nine years prior, at the age of eight, Tash witnessed the abductio...
  • SJ Reads
    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.Overall this featured a decent plot, easy to read writ...
  • Tonile {My Cup and Chaucer}
    Completely brilliant. I loved this from start to finish.
  • Gemma F
    FULL REVIEW ON MY BLOG: This book captivated me from the beginning. It is such a fantastic debut novel and really makes you think. I WAS SO CREEPED OUT AND DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO BELIEVE. Chapter by chapter; page by page, going through what the main character, Tash was feeling messed with my head! It is psychologically tricky and is a novel that would definitely make a great film! The pacing of this book was really int...
  • K.
    Trigger warnings: mental health, kidnapping, animal cruelty, assault, fire.The second I read the blurb for this book, I knew I had to read it. YA thrillers are few and far between, and this one sounded like a doozy. And, for the most part, it was. I liked the characters, the friendships are great, and the writing was solid. I loved the Australian small town setting, and the idea of a family returning to the community that they'd left years earlie...
  • Scott
    There was a lot of hype surrounding this book, but I think it raised my expectations too high. The tar was good, but not perfect. I felt like the plot kept stopping and starting, like a car in traffic, getting a clear run, only to run into a red light again. Until the climax, which was very fast-paced. It’s unfortunate that some of the characters were too true-to-life when it comes to mental illness and how it’s dealt with by society. There w...
  • Pat
    I couldn't put this one done. Great suspense.
  • Laura
    I enjoyed this for the most part but struggled to connect with the characters and a lot of things got left unanswered.
  • Craig Hildebrand
    It’s often difficult to accurately recall just how subjective teenage experience can be. We all like to think we grow up with increasing sense of awareness about ourselves, about our place in the world and the people have around us. But so much of childhood is constructed out of fractured, distorted memories, formed not just by our own attempts to grapple with our own story, but also by the conscious and unconscious influences of friends, peers...
  • Shannon Castle
    Have you ever read a book where you have really despised a character? found her completely unlikeable? Look no further than Tasha’s mother. Awful woman. Dreadful. Wanted to reach into the book and tell her to actually care about her daughter. Aside from that, this was certainly a page turner that kept me guessing.
  • Gill
    This book blew me away.Full review:
  • Kristy (Book Nerd Reviews)
    A small coastal town. A nearly decade old year mystery of what happened to a missing girl. A girl haunted by her past imaginary friend. A decade of falsehoods and lies, therapy and wondering. Now it will all come crashing back into Tash Carmody’s life.When Tash was a child, she had an imaginary friend and another friend that went missing. At the time, Tash was sure that the two were linked. She did the right thing; she told police that she saw ...
  • Zohal
    This was excellent. I had my eye on this book ever since I heard the premise. An imaginary friend that might not be imaginary plus an unreliable narrator .... count me in! The minute my hold came through from the library, I ignored all my other library books and read this in one sitting. I was actually afraid to read in my room because it was nighttime and the book was freaking me out. The main aspects of this book that I enjoyed was how full of ...
  • ClaireEva
    3.5 ⭐"A lot of people have a fear of small space. But sometimes I think the small space I fear most is the one inside my head."Small Spaces tells the story of Tash Carmody who was traumatised as a child when she witnessed a young girl (Mallory Fisher) being lured away from a carnival by her insanely creepy and disturbing imaginary friend, Sparrow.No one believes Tash and eventually she comes to accept that Sparrow must not have been real."It wa...
  • Emily Mead
    Just as brilliant as I remember. You will require a safety blanket for this one.
  • Dimity Powell
    We've all experienced stories that attach themselves to you so permanently, you can't get them out of your head days or even years after reading them. I'd heard this was one of those stories. I'm always a bit wary of psychological mind bending thrillers (my mind is so easily confused), so blithely avoided all other claims and dived right in for myself. Well, the spin-doctoring was deliciously right. Epstein's portentous narrative is high-wire tau...
  • Libby Armstrong
    Impressive debut. Everyone is a little creepy in this mid north coast town, especially Tash and her ability to be the only one to see Sparrow who wants to play dangerous games with her. Epstein has a great pacy style, introduces lots of twists and turns and gets her reader questioning the motives of all the characters. A good read for active and not so active readers
  • Annie
    The mind twister of the year that deserves a 10/10!! I was hooked on this from page one and the only reason it took a day or two to read it was due to my need to read it in daylight hours.. this YA thriller kept me guessing right up to the very end, it sucked me in so deep that I was so determined for answers and all the way through I was even asking myself - did Tash (protagonist) just see Mallory wonder off from the carnival the day she disappe...
  • Jessica M
    http://jessjustreads.comSmall Spaces by Sarah Epstein is a debut psychological thriller that explores the notion of imaginary friends and fractured memories, and learning to trust your own instincts.Tash Carmody is an unreliable narrator. She’s not sure if she can trust her own mind, and she’s been told for the past nine years that her friend Sparrow was just imaginary. She’s been told that what she remembers from the night of the carnival ...
  • Grace
    NOTE: I was sent an Advanced Reader Copy from Walker Books Australia in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.One of the most anticipated #LoveOzYA releases of 2018.I heard the hype come from many places for this one and I was kind of scared going into it because:a). Thrillers aren't really books I pick up oftenandb). I was scared I wasn't going to enjoy it as much as everyone else did.Well, thank God I did!...
  • Micki.03hotmail.Com
    Wow! Is all I can say! I started reading this book less than a week ago and I was glued from the start.