Title: Thin Space
Author: Jody Casella
Published: September 2013
Ever since the car accident that killed his twin brother, Marshall Windsor has been consumed with guilt and crippled by secrets of that fateful night. He has only one chance to make amends, to right his wrongs and set things right. He must find a Thin Space—a mythical point where the barrier between this world and the next is thin enough for a person to step through to the other side.
But, when a new girl moves into the house next door, the same house Marsh is sure holds a thin space, she may be the key—or the unraveling of all his secrets.
As they get closer to finding a thin space—and closer to each other—Marsh must decide once and for all how far he’s willing to go to right the wrongs of the living…and the dead.
**Note: This book was obtained via Net Galley however that did not influence this review in any way.
This book was such a wonderful surprise. I was immediately drawn to it when I read the synopsis, which is why I requested it. But that short description didn’t prepare me for the amazing story, the unique concept, the incredible writing and how much it would touch my heart.
From the very first page, I was treated to a stream of consciousness from Marsh. He was honest about his feelings and open with his emotions. He’s broken, he’s guilty, he’s sad and he’s alone. His twin brother is dead and he’s left to face the world without him. But Marsh will do whatever it takes to find the Thin Space, a doorway between reality and the next world, so that he can right this wrong. My heart broke for Marsh over and over…for his loneliness and for the tremendous amount of blame he carried on his shoulders. I wanted to wrap my arms around him and somehow make things better.
The writing was perfect…the words and phrases were seamless, pushing emotions off the page and towards me effortlessly. I saw what Marsh saw, felt what he felt, and rooted for him from the very beginning. What was different here was that I didn’t feel like I was on the sidelines but, somehow, right behind him in every barefoot step he took.
I immediately liked Maddie and, even though Marsh saw her as a means to an end initially, I knew she would be good for him. And she was. Her character brought a spark of light to his dark world and helped him see the possibilities. I also thought that the author did a great job with Marsh’s parents. Although we don’t see them a lot in the book, I could feel their heartache over the loss of a child and their confusion about how to help Marsh.
Along with the emotions came twists and turns and surprises. Marsh didn’t reveal his story all at once and, when he finally told me everything, I was both shocked and somehow sure I must have already known that. That’s the beauty of this book; it lures you in because you instinctively know there’s more than meets the eye.
This story unabashedly dives into the raw emotions of loss, the overwhelming weight of guilt and the single-mindedness of despair but it also shows the importance of hope and the healing power of love. It’s a wonderful debut novel from an author that I’ll be keeping my eye on! You should definitely read it!