Review: The Space Between by Dete Meserve

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The Space Between by Dete Meserve | Rating: ★★★★☆

As a note, a copy of this novel was sent to me via NetGalley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way.

This book was truly breathtaking. There's this quality to The Space Between that makes it impossible to step away from. I love the way it bends the mystery mold bit by bit, feeling final and classic. Meserve weaves a tale that is intriguing, smart and instantly classic.

The set-up is simple: a woman returns home to find that her husband is missing, a lot of questions and suspicion follow due to circumstances and revelations. It's a steady flow of sketchy backstories, secretive characters, human complexities and a marriage in trouble in more ways than one. Everything is intentional and well-thought out in terms of premise, and it never slows down. The Space Between feels very similar to other thrillers in the past but gradually tangles itself into something of its own, capturing the reader in its web of secrets.

Which makes it so, so enjoyable. You can almost feel where everything is going but it still manages to get inside your head and surprise you. Plus, the career of our main character is an added plus to the premise. I don't read many novels that feature an astronomer in them and I liked the vibe that it added to The Space Between. I know very little about the science behind it, but it's still a nice trait to add to a character.

It serves as an interesting, let's call it, backdrop, too. It just fits with the so-called space between the main character and her husband: Sarah and Ben, and then with his disappearance. I loved the way it emphasizes the atmosphere of The Space Between and adds an extra layer. When you finish the book and add up all of the backstories, those little flashbacks that showcase Sarah and Ben's relationship in good and bad lights, you can feel just how much effort went into the story.

As everything unravels, the readers are taken on a delicious ride from start to finish. You'll be faced with a similar amount of questions right along with Sarah and with every step, you'll be filled with more uncertainty until you're not.

If you are a fan of mysteries, this is the book for you. I'm so glad I requested it!

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