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Small Spaces - Sarah Epstein

Paperback Published: 1st April 2018
ISBN: 9781921977381
Number Of Pages: 384
For Ages: 14+ years old

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“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 realises 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?

About the Author

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. Small Spaces is her first novel.

Industry Reviews

Small Spaces is an incredible debut. Not only is it deliciously creepy, its twists and turns keep you guessing all the way through. I'd recommend enlisting the company of a stuffed animal if you're reading this one past bedtime. -- Emily Mead * Looney Literate *
Small Spaces is a remarkable debut psychological thriller by Aussie author Sarah Epstein. The story will give you shivers and is full of twists and turns which you must decide are real or all made up in the character's head. * The Fictional Realm *
Epstein's portentous narrative is high-wire taunt and just as nerve wracking. * Boomerang Books *
This first novel is a psychological thriller for high school students and young adults that will have you spellbound from start to finish. The finish will have you panting for breath and screaming at the characters to get a bloody grip. It is frightening. * Bob's Books *
Epstein has a keen eye for family dynamics and the small moments of disillusionment with adults that occur throughout childhood. The story is similarly thoughtful about the emotional toll of women whose stories aren't believed. * Books+Publishing *
This is a twisted thriller that had me guessing until the very end. * Swords and Roses *
Can see it now.. all the readers and the all nighters reading this book! -- Reread3rz_revu
Small Spaces is such a riveting, scary story, I was worried that I would still be reading when night fell. * Boomerang Books *
Small Spaces is a compelling, unpredictable and consuming debut. Phenomenal. * Diva Book Nerd *
Small Spaces is definitely a book you want to read, even if you don't know it yet because you won't be able to put it down or stop your fascination and questions until you've devoured that final page. * The Bookish Kirra *
I just loved how this book kept me on the edge of my seat * Written Word Worlds *
Small Spaces is a clever, highly entertaining read and an impressive debut from a thoughtful writer who knows how to weave contemporary concerns of mental illness through a story with stampede intensity. * Better Reading *
If you love a book that's going to keep you on the edge of your seat, flipping the pages vigorously, desperate for answers, then I definitely recommend picking up SMALL SPACES. It's fast paced and a quick read, and will have you questioning every tiny detail! * Always & Forever Reading *
Small Spaces is one of my new favourite thrillers! A+ characters who had me invested within mere pages and the type of creeptastic imaginary friend that will make you ban yourself from imaginary games forever! Such fun! * Paper Fury *
This featured a decent plot, easy to read writing and really intriguing characters. I'd recommend this to anyone who's a fan of thrillers. -- Sarah Jane
If you want a good psychological thriller, pick up Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein. Shake it before you read it...just to get the bad juju out but it's still going to stare at you in the shadows, knock on your door at 3am and keep you tossing and turning because you're too afraid to go get that glass of water you'll be craving all night. * Boffin Books *
If you want to be creeped out of your mind by a clever YA novel get on it! * Bookish Bron *
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Sarah Epstein has created a brilliant and unforgettable mystery/psychological thriller. Its superbly designed storyline and characters will have readers glued to their seats, turning pages until the last word. * Kids' Book Review *
Small Spaces is the remarkable debut novel of Australian author Sarah Epstein. It is incredibly well written, fast-paced and just the right amount of creepy. * Gilly Reads *
This is a stunner of a read, drawing the reader into having to decipher truth and lies. * Read Plus *
This featured a decent plot, easy to read writing and really intriguing characters. I'd recommend this to anyone who's a fan of thrillers. * Sarah Jane *
A story that kept me hanging right to the end, awake at night and absolutely gob smacked in the end. * READ3RZ RE-VU *



I loved this book from start to finish! A real page turner with interesting characters, lots of twists and turns and just enough scary bits to get my heart racing! Highly recommend!



Fantastic read. Real page turner.


Such a good read. Gripping right to the end. It will stay with you for a long time after you have finished.

NSW Australia


Small Spaces

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ISBN: 9781921977381
ISBN-10: 1921977388
Audience: Children
For Ages: 14+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st April 2018
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 13.6  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.39