Between the Dark Spaces

Young Adult

SUSPENSE: Sixteen-year-old Chapman Woolfe has a lot going on in his life. After using his dad’s credit card without permission, he is forced to get a part-time job at a bakery. At the same time, he has a very close friend that is in rehab for the third time due to drug use, and he finally meets a girl, Aris Black, who has been on his mind since they first met. When Chapman becomes a victim of violence, him and Aris begin to uncover the connection between their families and what secrets they are hiding.

“Between the Dark Spaces” is a very intriguing young adult novel that hits on some very hard topics such as drug use, sexual assault, and violence. Ms. Groeling does an incredible job of keeping the reader engaged and connected to the characters. Readers are given a lot of background information on each character and their personalities are described very well. Most of the characters are incredibly relatable and down to earth.  The reader will become engrossed in the events that unravel throughout the story. The length of the book is a bit long and at some points repetitive, but the overall premise of the story is well written and thought out. The families in this story have an incredibly dark past and the reader will uncover things piece by piece until everything is out in the open. The build-up to the events that Chapman and Aris learn about is so suspenseful and will definitely keep the reader on the edge of their seat!

Jennifer Shepherd