Book review: The Space Between Trees by Katie Williams

Synopsis: This story was supposed to be about Evie—how she hasn’t made a friend in years, how she tends to stretch the truth (especially about her so-called relationship with college drop-out Jonah Luks), and how she finally comes into her own once she learns to just be herself—but it isn’t. Because when her classmate Elizabeth “Zabet” McCabe’s murdered body is found in the woods, everything changes…and Evie’s life is never the same again.

Review: If you’re like me and you get a little tired of reading paranormal romance, but still love a thrilling, quirky, intelligent story, The Space Between Trees is your book. From the very first page, readers can tell this is not your average YA novel for a couple reasons.

The writing is exquisite. While I agree that some of the most fantastic writing out there is coming from YA, Williams is in a class of her own. She’s got it all — voice, plot, pace — it’s stellar. Most amazing are the characters, which are so well-written, it’s like they exist. I can only imagine that Williams’ character profiles are practically novellas. Each one is perfectly played out from beginning to end.

The plot has so much going on. Just when you think you’ve figured out “whodunnit,” the puzzle pieces are rearranged, keeping readers fully engaged. Underneath this main plot of “who killed Zabet McCabe,” there’s the psychological/emotional evolution of our narrator, Evie, who readers will recognize as that odd, attention-seeking but well-meaning loner, or they’ll see parts of themselves. Or both. Her attempts to “do something” with her life are truly cringe-worthy.

I sincerely hope Williams continues writing novels — if she does, I’ll be pre-ordering her next book.

And if nothing else I’ve written above has convinced you, the cool, intricate, die-cut cover alone is worth the price of admission.

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