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 tormenters?
I would like to thank Red Door Publishing and the author Collin Van Reenan for the ARC of The Spaces In Between in return for an honest review.
I loved this exciting historical thriller and found it virtually impossible to put down.
It is a complex and sophisticated story about the tricks our minds can play on us when manipulated by forces intent on harming us. It has a dark heart and a complex atmosphere that seeps of the page into the readers mind.
The characters are layered with elements of good and bad and no one is whom they initially seem to be. I often had to reevaluate my opinions of them all and was overjoyed at how the writer managed to bring them to life in a way that was surprising and unexpected.
The combination of the historical/thriller elements gives it an added layer of interest. I found myself absorbed into the period the characters are immersed in and become as isolated within the walls of the house as Nicholas.
If you are looking for a riveting read, this would be a good choice. It’s complex and fast flowing, rewarding and addictive.
The Spaces Between can be purchased from Amazon.