Release date - 8th February 2018
Book length - 288 pages
Publisher - Red Door Publishing
Book Depository - www.bookdepository.com
Amazon UK - www.amazon.co.uk
Amazon US - www.amazon.com
I want to thank Anna from Red Door Publishing for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour and for providing me with a copy of this book for review.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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?
What is real? And what is fiction? These are the questions that will constantly replay in your mind on a loop as you delve into the dark and mysterious pages of THE SPACES IN BETWEEN by Collin Van Reenan.
In 1968 Nicholas finds himself more or less destitute in Paris, desperate to find a job and remain under the radar. Becoming a tutor to Natalya seems to be the perfect job for him but he soon realises that all is not what it seems behind the walls of this household. Everyone must dress and follow the Victorian lifestyle down to the very last detail and obedience is essential at all times. Stuck in what seems like a time warp, it is not long before Nicholas feels trapped, but can he truly escape ...
Deftly weaving between fact and fiction, this is a creepy and intriguing story that blurs the lines of reality, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters are fascinating and although I didn't always feel connected to them, it did not take away from my enjoyment of this tale. THE SPACES IN BETWEEN by Collin Van Reenan is an unusual story with a gothic feel to it and would suit anyone who enjoys a plot where not everything can be explained away - a solid story!!
Only with the passing of time and the current less hostile attitude towards psychosis and the supernatural, has Collin Van Reenan felt able to tell his story. After the events recounted in the book, Collin returned to England and for many years worked as a Police Officer both in London and in Paris, and then as an Interpreter/translator for the Home Office, the Police, and the Courts of Law, mainly Bow St. and The Old Bailey. Before that, he worked in many jobs including being an interpreter at the Old Bailey trial for the murder of Victoria Climbie and the ‘body in the suitcase’ murder in York.
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