Small Spaces

Written by Sarah Epstein

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Creepy YA psychological thriller

August 2018 Debut of the Month

Sarah Epstein’s well-crafted psychological thriller will keep readers on their toes, and nervously checking over their shoulders too.  Aged just 8, Tash witnessed her imaginary friend the sinister Sparrow kidnap a little girl from a fair.  Nine years and lots of therapy later, Tash has learned to keep quiet about what happened, convinced along with her parents that what she saw was just the imagination of a little girl desperate for attention.  But when circumstances draw her back to the area, back to the fairground, Tash starts to see Sparrow again.  Can she believe her eyes? Can we believe her? Dark and twisty, this is hard to put down and good, creepy fun.

Andrea Reece

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For more unreliable narrators and psychological adventures don’t miss Little Liar by Julia Gray.

Small Spaces 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 realizes 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 Press Reviews

A beautifully crafted psychological thriller. I couldn't put it down. Fleur Ferris

This stunning YA psychological thriller will set hearts racing and even have adults searching for silhouettes in the dark. Wow. – The Herald Sun (Australia)

a remarkable debut psychological thriller […] the story will give you shivers  – The Fictional Realm

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ISBN: 9781406387032
Publication date: 02/08/2018
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406387032
Publication date: 2nd August 2018
Author: Sarah Epstein
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Suitable for: YA readers
Genres: Thrillers
Recommendations: Debuts of the Month

About Sarah Epstein

Sarah Epstein spent her childhood drawing, daydreaming and cobbling together books at the kitchen table. A writer, illustrator and designer, she grew up in suburban Sydney and now lives in Melbourne with her husband and two sons. She is passionate about YA, especially the thriller genre, which is her favourite to read. Small Spaces is her first novel.

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