by Jody Casella
Published by Beyond Words Publishing Release date : Expected publication: September 10th 2013
Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher | Format: ARC
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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.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
When I first requested Thin Space, I was under the assumption this was a contemporary novel. So tickle me surprised when I discovered it wasn’t. Which was interesting yet at the same time, a little disappointing.
After the death of his twin brother and cryptic ramblings from his dying neighbor, Marshall embarks on his own “quest” to find a Thin Space. Plagued with guilt and vying to make things right, he shuffles from place to place, barefoot, hoping to find one of these very rare veils to the after life. But then Maddie comes to town, moving into the one place he knows for certain a Thin Space is. Which in turn, complicates things.
For starts, the writing is outstanding. Initially, I thought it was choppy and distorted but in actuality, it’s genius. Marshall is seriously scatter brained and messed up and Casella did a remarkable job writing a less than reliable main character. As he grew, the writing changed to match his voice. There was so much mystery about the night his brother died, it drove me crazy trying to piece it all together. There was a HUGE twist towards the end, in which I found myself going back over and over the book to find any clues or mistakes in the execution. There were none. Well done Casella!
I liked the idea of the Thin Space. The concept of creating one was very fascinating, albeit odd. It would pretty much make them impossible to find. Which in turn, is the point I suppose. Add in that you have to be bare foot to enter one, adds to the WTFery.
Marshall, like I mentioned before, is scatter brained and weird. I hate to say that, since he is suffering survivors guilt and just all around is messed up after the death of his brother. But he is. He literally shuffles all over town, school and at home, barefoot. He is closed off, spacey and carrying some serious guilt and harboring some huge and shocking secrets. He is also a little bitter, which was irritating at first BUT once that huge twist played in, I completely understood. I really liked how he slowly opened up to Maddie. Granted, his sole focus was the Thin Space, but once he confided in her and they grew close, he slowly started to trust her more and open up. As for Maddie, I didn’t really understand her almost instant support of Marshall’s claims, until a little awhile later we found out that she needed a Thin Space too. There really isn’t much “romance” which I am thankful for. I was hoping this wouldn’t be one of those books that has everything pushed aside for some one and one, ya know?
OK. Now to discuss what my issues were. For one, I was royally pissed about how Marshall’s “friends” treated him. He lost his twin brother. I mean, there wasn’t too much details about AFTER the accident, so you could assume he just pushed everyone away, but still. NO ONE really stuck up for him. And these people are supposed to be his best friends? There was also some drama with two girls. I could have went without all the drama. However, as much as I didn’t like it and it does play a major part in later developments. Still. I hate High School Drama. And the last rift, which isn’t really an issue.. it’s what made this book a little disappointing..– I am adding a spoiler box because this is, well a spoiler. View Spoiler » I really hoping the Thin Space wasn’t real. How perfect would it have been if Marshall was just certifiably INSANE? But alas, it was. « Hide Spoiler
The ending. Oy, the ending. I think I was still in shock after the twist that I was expecting so much more to happen. And nothing did. Seriously, what kind of ENDING IS THAT? *sigh* Like a lot of this book, it was brilliant yet frustrating.
Overall- Thin Space was fantastic. I really liked it. It’s gripping, original and with the added mystery and twist, moves this up on my favorites. Jody Casella is one to watch folks.