Feb 02 2018

Review for The Spaces In Between by Collin Van Reenan

Posted by Jenea @ Jenea's Book Obsession in Reviews / 13 Comments

Review for The Spaces In Between by Collin Van ReenanThe Spaces In Between by Collin Van Reenan
Published by RedDoor Publishing on February 15th 2018
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 288
Source: Personal Library
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One of the most disturbing true stories you will ever read…

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 to obey the lifestyle of the household and not to leave the 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, and 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?





The Spaces in Between is a story about a young man, named Nicholas and his tale of horror he experienced while tutoring a young girl in a mysteriously gothic manor. We first meet Nicholas while being treated by a psychiatrist for insomnia and clinical depression. It is here that we learn why he is having so many issues. His time in the manor… The doctor treating him, Dr. Groller comes up with an idea for him to write everything down, each and every detail of time there, so she can know how to help him. And this is where the real story begins.

In 1968, Nicholas has found himself with no money and no where to go, so when an opportunity for wages and board comes open, he takes it. He’s young, smart, why wouldn’t he take a position tutoring a young lady. Who happens to be the Imperial Highness Natalya, the Grand Duchess’ niece of Russia. Natalya suffers from a hereditary “illness” and expects things a certain way. The manor has no electricity, only oil lamps. All staff dresses like those who live in the Victorian era and all live within the grounds, and no ones leaves the grounds. All in all, this is a strange place.

With so many staff living in the manor, we don’t get to know all of them, most of it is passing through here and there. I don’t think even Nicholas knows all that much about them. The whole house and those in are mysterious and guarded. Madame Amelie, Natalya’s spiritual adviser was one frightening woman though. She held a lot of control over pretty much everything. With so many strange happenings, and no one wanting to talk about them, Nicholas is trapped there, he’s basically a prisoner. Escaping is his only hope though. Only after some awful things that transpired, he does make it out. I want to tell so you about so many things that happened, but I do not want to give anything away either. Ugh..

This is a dark and strange world that Nicholas found himself in, and we’re left with was it all real? I will say, Reehan did a fantastic job keeping it all right on the line between reality and imagined. I even questioned some of what took place and I do like when a book can do that. So, I really enjoyed this one!


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Jenea @ Jenea's Book Obsession

13 Responses to “Review for The Spaces In Between by Collin Van Reenan”

  1. Melliane

    It looks a good one there and likealways you’re making me discover a new novel! It’s been a while since I haven’t read a book like that!

  2. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    This one sounds truly gothic and rather mind-bending. Not to mention a bit creepy. I love when a setting and atmosphere is so well done you start questioning what’s actually happening.

  3. Lily

    this is definitely something different and dark, the plot sounds fascinating as well as the setting of the manor

  4. verushka

    *shivers* This sounds terribly dark and atmospheric at the same time. I wondered what Natalya is suffering from that everyone has to pretend and act like they’re from a different time. Creepy!

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