Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein. (2018).
**4.5 out of 5 stars**
Tash has been traumatised since age eight when she witnessed her gruesome imaginary friend Sparrow lure six year old Mallory away from a carnival. Nobody believed Tash and now she accepts Sparrow wasn’t real. Mallory is now 15, mute, and has never disclosed what happened during that week she was missing. Tash begins not only having disturbing memories but also starts to see Sparrow again…
Tash thinks Mallory is the key to unlocking the truth. Does Sparrow really exist? Or is Tash the dangerous one?
Ohmygosh, this book is fabulous. I am honestly amazed this is the author’s debut! The plot is intense and dark. Sparrow is seriously creepy as all hell – I feel like next time I have a nightmare that it’ll feature Sparrow. Tash was an interesting lead because what she was saying felt crazy but believable and yet it also felt like she was unreliable; I think there were a few different directions the author could have gone in which leaves the reader in suspense a lot wondering what exactly is going on (in a good way!). I could definitely see this book as a movie in the future.
Definitely an excellent psychological thriller for both adults and mature young adults alike – I didn’t want to put it down.