Title – The Spaces in Between
Author – Collin Van Reenan
Publisher – RedDoor Publishing
Genre – Historical Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
My Rating – 4/5
One of the most disturbing true stories you will ever read…
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 to obey the lifestyle of the household and not to leave the 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, and 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?
I received an e-ARC of The Spaces in Between by Collin Van Reenan from NetGalley and the Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
There’s just so much going on in this book that I have no idea where to start. I think I’ll have to begin with the cover. Its absolutely GORGEOUS! Part of the attraction of the book for me was the cover.
The Spaces In Between focuses on Nicholas and is narrated from his point of view as he finds himself trapped in a household with, lets just say “eccentric” people. From the very beginning, the reader can sense that something is wrong but what makes the mystery fun is that there is no way to know how it ends! It could be supernatural, realistic or a psychological thriller! I was just as in the dark about what was going on as Nicholas!
The book has a bunch of great characters but unfortunately, you don’t get to know them much through the story since the whole point of the story seems to be that Nicholas knows absolutely nothing. However, I still did enjoy reading about them through his Point of View (however limited it was).
The book begins with a fictional “foreword” from Nicholas’ psychologist, which somehow enhanced that mysterious feeling of the story.. The plot of the book was beautifully executed and the writing style was wonderful.
If I had one complaint however, it would be the ending. I’m not entirely sure if I missed something or if the author wanted it to be that way but I didn’t quite understand what exactly happened. The title of the book while quite mysterious, was not well explained either.
Overall, The Space In Between gets 4 stars from me!
And that’s all for today! Hope you have a great day! Until next time –