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

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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • - ̗̀ SJ ̖́-
    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.
  • RavenclawReadingRoom
    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...
  • 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.
  • Fleur Ferris
    A beautifully crafted psychological thriller. I couldn’t put it down.
  • Gill
    This book blew me away.Full review:
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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!...
  • Gabby
    Review will be up on my blog closer to release;
  • Hannah
    This was so good! I figured out part of the twist at one point (spoilers!) but that didn't stop me from enjoying it. A wonderful debut, full review to come!
  • Liz
    I'm dying. I'm dead. I'm deader than dead. What a suspenseful read! Full review to come.
  • Bron
    This was one of my most anticipated books for the first half of this year and IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT! It was as creepy as all get out from the very start, and I thought the ending was super satisfying - a twist that you might not see coming, but looking back the info was all there.I think this would be a perfect gateway book for someone who loves thrillers but 'doesn't read YA'.
  • Kirra
    Have you ever had an imaginary friend when you were younger? Maybe you were an only child or your parents didn't give you much attention or maybe you just wanted someone to play with so you fabricate the perfect partner in crime for you. Well, has that imaginary friend ever kidnapped anyone? Yeah, probably not. When Tash Carmody was a young girl she watched her imaginary friend Sparrow take another young girl from a carnival and that young girl w...
  • Star
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I had been anticipating it since I found out about its existence, even more so when Fleur Ferris had put her support behind it.This story captivated me from the start. I was intrigued by the thought of Sparrow, and the mystery surrounding him, which somehow tied in with the Fishers returning to the town were the MC, Tash, lives. Spoilers behind the cut.(view spoiler)[I had a weird dream about this book last night a...
  • Angela Oliver
    "Small Spaces" is a gripping psychological thriller that will take you in a whirlwind of a ride, through an unexpected twists and turns. I found myself almost immediately hooked, and once this book had drawn me in, it refused to let me go - I finished it within a day. Aimed at the Young Adult market, it should also appeal to adults in search of a fast-paced read that will keep them guessing.Tash Carmody has been traumatised since childhood, and i...
  • Troy
    Another great YA read, this one a psycho-thriller that I finished in a couple of sittings.And it would have been 5 stars only the behaviour of the characters doing stupid things annoyed me a bit at the end. Always people in these things make questionable decisions. As if both of them would stay in the house!But forgiving the decision making qualities of our young cast of characters, this is a well told and paced YA novel. Set in country Victoria ...
  • Julie Garner
    WOW!!! This is a debut novel?? The depth of the storyline and Epstein's ability to create such an excellent psychological thriller seems more like that of an experienced author. This book kept me up way past my bedtime because I just couldn't put it down...completed in one session.So many secrets for such a small town. You start to question your own mind as you read this book, are you feeling sympathy for the right character? Is your yelling at t...