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The Space Between

3.35  ·  Rating Details  ·  68 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Two years after the sudden death of his fiancé, up-and-coming musician Isaac Owens is still grieving, haunted by memories of his tragic loss. Fresh off a world-tour, Isaac decides to seek solitude in the woods of South Georgia where he has recently inherited a house. It soon becomes apparent he isn't alone there after all. As he delves deeper into the mystery surrounding h ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published June 16th 2009 by Blue Fairy Books (first published June 2009)
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Nikki Nielsen
May 26, 2009 Nikki Nielsen rated it it was amazing
Alfred Hitchcock was called the ‘undisputed king of movie mystery’. He was the Master of Suspense on the big screen and for good reason - I will never forget the thrill I got when I saw ‘Psycho’ for the first time. It occurred to me while reading ‘The Space Between’, that I’m looking for that same experience every time I pick up a mystery. Erik Tomblin has yet to disappoint and I would even go as far as to call him the Master of Suspense in the literary world.

Isaac Owens is blindly walking throu
Feb 05, 2016 Mandy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Isaac is a musician mourning his girlfriend/fiance/wife (who the hell knows?) and has suddenly been gifted a house and land in a town he's never been to. So off he goes to see his new house, which has apparently been empty for 40 years and boom! there's a mystery and a girl he falls in love with. I'm not going to spoil the story since it won't take you long to read it and even less time to figure out the "twist" that is signposted as clear as day.

It's a good idea and competently written but ther
May 30, 2009 Kelly rated it it was amazing
If you look at my rating history, you'll find I'm actually quite easily pleased. I adore books that can entertain me, but don't require my undivided attention to enjoy. I'm also infatuated with books that can make me laugh, maybe cry a little, and then give me the happily-ever-after ending I so want. But my biggest affection, my deepest love, is held for those books that grant me space in the author's world and offer transcendence.

I read Erik Tomblin's latest and was completely entranced. Like s
Feb 25, 2013 Narota rated it it was ok
I was pretty disappointed by this book. The premise had a lot of promise, and the opening of the book caught me easily. The first third of the book, I felt like it was setting up for a very good story. Then, in the second third, the action set in. It suddenly felt like the author lost his patience, and just wanted to get things moving. Our main character meets this girl, and within a day he is madly in love with her. He even admits that this is out of character, as his last 'love of his life' to ...more
Christine C
Sep 27, 2013 Christine C rated it really liked it
This was a really interesting book. The concept is different than I was expecting. Isaac is a famous singer/songwriter whose fiancee was killed in a car accident a year previously. He is still grieving deeply. As he finishes the last performance of his current tour, his lawyer brings him interesting information - ten years ago he had inherited property in a small Georgia town and it had been put into a trust to be turned over to him at this time, but the benefactor is a secret. Since he has no b ...more
Oct 13, 2009 Mike rated it really liked it
Yes, another book from another small press publisher Blue Fairy Books. At this point The Space Between by Erik Tomblin is their only book. The site has a really neat flash trailer that really captures the atmosphere of the novel; you should definitely check it out. The Space Between is, in a sense, a haunted house story. Then again it isn’t really a haunted house story. It is, perhaps more accurately, a haunted person story. Musician Isaac Owens arrives to the house already haunted by the memori ...more
Jun 24, 2011 Lara rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
I'd give this one two and a half stars if I could, but decided to round up this time to 3. I don't read a ton of novels of this genre (supernatural-ish ones, that is), but i don't mind them when I do. This book is definitely entertaining and was a nice, light read, but there were things about it that were a little off. Any book about time travel requires a hefty suspension of disbelief, but if I think too hard about this specific time travel story, I don't quite grasp the logistics, for one thin ...more
Lolly K Dandeneau
May 04, 2010 Lolly K Dandeneau rated it it was amazing
I am not usually keen on mystery novels, so I was pleasantly surprised by the pleasure The Space Between gave me. Tomblin wrote creatively of the places Isaac visited, so much so that I could envision it as if I was there with Isaac. While this is a story of people being haunted, a favorite quote of mine from Anais Nin related well to this novel.
"Many couples, many people, are not living with real human beings, but with their ghosts. Who has not followed for years the spell of a particular tone
Apr 22, 2010 Stephanie rated it really liked it
This is the second book I've read by Erik Tomblin, and like the first one, Riverside Blues, I ended up reading it in one sitting. I'm not going to summarize the plot here, because others have already done it so well. Each clue to the mystery is unveiled at just the right moment and the writing is so smooth you don't notice it, and so it isn't distracting. The twist at the end was a little confusing for me, but that could just be because I was so anxious to see how it all played out and didn't pa ...more
Rachel Lynn Sterling
Nov 23, 2012 Rachel Lynn Sterling rated it it was ok
This is a very well written book and I enjoyed the writing style of the author. It was the storyline that didn’t quite do it for me. I tend to stay away from time travel books, because I drive myself crazy over-thinking about what’s happening/going to happen/never should have happened etc. This book was listed under romance, but it is much more of a mystery/time travel book and had very little romance in it. I also found myself growing incredible frustrated with the main character. Finally, just ...more
Susan E
Sep 06, 2009 Susan E rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009-read
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Feb 14, 2011 Gretchen rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2011
So frustrating!! I really wanted to like this book. I was intrigued by the premise, and thought it had legs. But in the end, I think this novel needed a stronger editor. The writing is good, but the pace is off. There's so much attention paid to description, but the plot line has chunks of logic missing. (note, I don't have issues with time travel in novels. I do have trouble when the logic isn't clear.) I'd like to read something else by this writer if/when he is better edited.
Sheri Jenkins
Oct 17, 2009 Sheri Jenkins rated it liked it
I love supernatural stories and from what I read on this site, I was interested. I won an advanced copy of this book and found it intriguing. I liked the writing style...straight forward. There was a part with strange wording like another reviewer mentioned that caught me off guard, but all in all I kept reading wanting to know how this would end. The twist in the end was interesting--I was hoping it would end a little differently, but in all, I enjoyed the story.
Jun 03, 2009 Lisa rated it it was amazing
The Space Between is the kind of novel that makes you think about possibilities, fate, time, and most importantly the role of choice as it relates to one's character. Mr. Tomblin has crafted a gripping story that explores all of the afore mentioned ideas in a unique way. It is also a love story, although a love story unlike any I have ever read. Love is the motivation, the reason, and the action for this story's success.
Jun 21, 2011 Ruth rated it really liked it
Very interesting story story about an up and coming artist that delves into a mystery surrounding an unexpected inheritance. The story weaves past with present and finally Isaac need to make a decide between the past or present.
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Though I enjoyed writing stories at an early age, I spent a good deal of the 90s earning a BA in Psychology and a Masters in Information Technology. My creative outlet came in the form of penning song lyrics instead of prose. After finally having a bit of life under my belt, I turned my attention back to fiction, writing several short stories tha
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“When your stomach turns somersaults every time you see your love interest, when you can go without eating for half a day because you can't think of anything else, and when the sound of her voice blocks out every possible distraction each time you hear it...then logic's role becomes a very minor one.” 21 likes
“The smell of her hair lingered just out of reach of his memory and left him with a nervous hum resonating throughout his body like a child forced to sit in church while the sun was shining outside on a perfectly good summer's day.” 7 likes
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