Title: The Space Between Time
Author: Charlie Laidlaw
Age Classification: Adult
Publisher: Accent Press Ltd
Release: June 20, 2019
The Space Between Time follows Emma Maria Rossini, the only daughter of a famous actor and the granddaughter of an eccentric and obscure Italian astrophysicist. Looking in from the outside, Emma’s life seems blessed, but the reality is far from perfect.
Emma is a complex character and rather challenging to understand. The narration and view of the world seems to change as the character grows, but for me there was always something a little jarring. At the beginning of the book, I get the idea that Emma is no more than 5-years-old based on the language use and the observations of Emma. However, it still feels like a 5-year-old telling the story after many years have passed and Emma would be at least a young teen.
Of the other characters of significance, Emma’s grandparents are by far the my favourite. The are kind, loving, supportive, and have a love of the Italian culture. While they are not flawless, they are certainly much better for Emma than her depressed mother, absent father, and not overly caring friends.
One of the things I found most difficult in reviewing this book were my conflicting feelings regarding both the story and the way it was presented. I think the story was well planned out and definitely shows a side to life that we often try to ignore. I also think it was an interesting way to tell this particular story and, by the end, it definitely works.
The problem was that I personally did not enjoy reading it. I cannot be sure if it was the topic or my mood while reading it, but I felt no emotion while reading what is clearly a sad story and I was not invested in the characters.
Star Rating: ☆☆☆
I think this is a good book, it just was not the book for me at this time in my life.
Have you ever read a book that was may have been the right book just you read it at the wrong time?
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Until next time bibliophiles!