The Spaces In Between by Collin Van Reenan @RedDoorBooks #Review #TheSpacesInBetween

On the blog today I have a review of The Space In Between by Collin Van Reenan. A book that had me sleeping with the lights on. Published on the 15th of February 2018 by Red Door Publishing.

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: RedDoor Publishing Ltd (15 Feb. 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 191045348X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1910453483

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| Synopsis |

There is Truth and there are Lies; there is Fiction and there is Fact; there is Life and there is Death.

And then there are the Spaces in Between.

Paris, 1968. Nicholas finds himself broke, without papers and on the verge of being deported back to England. Seeking to stay in France, Nicholas takes a three-month contract as an English tutor to the 17-year-old Imperial Highness Natalya. It is the perfect solution; free room and board, his wages saved, and a place to hide from police raids. All that is asked of Nicholas is too obey the lifestyle of the Victorian household and not to leave the house’s grounds. It should have solved all his problems…

The Spaces In Between details the experience of Nicholas as he finds himself an unwitting prisoner within an aristocratic household, apparently frozen in time, surrounded by macabre and eccentric personalities who seem determined to drag him to the point of insanity. Much deeper runs a question every reader is left to ponder – if this tale is fact and not fiction, then what motivation could have driven his tormentors?

| Review |

I used to be very particular in my way of choosing books too read, I really did need a connection with a cover to really want to read it. Over my time as a book blogger, however, my need to see an enticing cover has wavered. I can be tempted just by another reader or authors enthusiasm. I’m also not one who likes to read the synopsis, I’m the same with movies I don’t particularly like to watch the trailers.  I like to meet the characters in my own way and go on my journey with them. I am a connective reader and I need to immerse myself in whatever I am reading. I am quite specific with my genres, I do not like anything that relates to ghosties.  I get quite uncomfortable and it makes me on edge. But then isn’t it good to face our fears?

I picked up my Kindle to start The Spaces In Between on Saturday night.  I didn’t know anything other than it had a beautiful pink and black cover.  As it started I was pulled in straight away. I was excited to hear Nicholas’s story and what had happened to him that was so upsetting?

The characters are each very unique and strange, some of them giving me goosebumps. I had to stop reading partly through because, yes, you guessed ghosties was a theme. The problem I had at 1 am was that I needed to know what happened. I kept telling myself its fiction, get a grip.  So I completed my journey and I was glad I did, it’s a great story and very well written.  The perplexing afterthought it leaves you with is, was it fact or fiction?

It’s not often a book lingers in my head after I’ve read it. But some of the characters seem to not want to leave and I find myself thinking about them. For me, this is a brilliant sign of a great book.

It reminded me of Great Expectations when Pip get’s invited to the big house.  But much more dark and raw.  I’m so very glad I read it and I won’t forget it anytime soon.

An unforgettable read that will never leave you…..

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