Review: Thin Space by Jody Casella @jodcase

Thin SpaceThin Space by Jody Casella

Publication Date: September 10, 2013
Page Count: 256
Published by: Beyond Words/Simon Pulse
Source: eARC courtesy of publisher in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis From Goodreads:

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.

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I just finished reading Thin Space and it was SO amazing! I loved every second of it. When I first read the synopsis, I knew I HAD to read this book. It's told from a male POV, which I always love. I couldn't wait to get my hands on this, and let me tell you - I was not disappointed!

I love the concept of thin space, and I got caught up in reading about Marsh and his desperate attempts to find it. I was totally enthralled and just wanted to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next. Of course, I couldn't help but worry about Marsh and wonder what would happen to him - both physically and emotionally - when/if he saw his brother in the thin space. What I wanted most was for Marsh to be able to move forward and find peace and happiness.

I absolutely loved Marsh. LOVED him! I was right there with him as he dealt with his grief over losing his twin brother, Austin. He was in so much pain that it was difficult for him to get through each day. Marsh really struggled with his own identity, and he had such a hard time figuring out who he was now that he wasn't part of a set anymore. He was a totally sympathetic character to me, and my heart really went out to him. I had quite a few 'Mom' moments where I really wanted to reach out and hug him. His story just broke my heart.

I loved Maddie, and I enjoyed her and Marsh becoming friends and spending time together. She believed in Marsh and really wanted to help him find the thin space so he could find the answers he was looking for. Marsh and Maddie's friendship began out of curiosity rather than attraction, and neither one had any expectations from the other, so they could just be themselves without judgement. By opening himself up to Maddie, Marsh was able to start feeling more like his old self.

And holy heck on that ending! I totally didn't see that coming. Although I did have a teensy, tiny, twinkling, nagging thought in the back of my mind that something like that was going to occur, it just completely blew my mind that the author managed to pull it off. I think that's a big reason why I loved this book so much. Thinking back on it, there were things that I missed or misinterpreted the first time around. I would love to give this book a second read just to experience it all over again.

Thin Space was a beautifully written and well thought out story about love and loss. The pacing was perfect, and there was so much intrigue that I didn't want to stop reading. What an unexpectedly wonderful book that left my heart hurting in all the right ways.

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
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