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The Space Between

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  1,799 ratings  ·  345 reviews
The truth isn’t what it seems in this stirring novel of suspense.

After presenting a major scientific breakthrough to a rapt audience across the country, renowned astronomer Sarah Mayfield returns home to a disturbing discovery. Her husband, Ben, a Los Angeles restaurateur, has disappeared, leaving behind an unexplained bank deposit of a million dollars, a loaded Glock in t
Paperback, 300 pages
Published July 24th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing
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Dete Meserve Thanks, Lucille! I've been working as an Executive Producer on an astronomy series for kids which airs on PBS (Ready Jet Go!) and while working on it,…moreThanks, Lucille! I've been working as an Executive Producer on an astronomy series for kids which airs on PBS (Ready Jet Go!) and while working on it, I began to see that there is a profound connection between all we are discovering in the realm of the stars, and the universe of emotions within ourselves.

To me, the stars offer an ideal backdrop for a story about rediscovering a love that’s been right in front of us all along. In the universe, as in love, so many of our most important discoveries are made when we look past what seems to be true, when we find ways around our blind spots, and when we discover new ways to see through the darkness into the light.

I also wanted to break the stereotypes about astronomers. They are not just focused on scientific inquiry and have rich, interior lives like Sarah Mayfield in the novel. So often we see women scientists portrayed as rigid thinkers...or obsessed with aliens. The Space Between is about one woman's search in the space between what appears to be true and what she knows in her heart to be true. (less)
Dete Meserve Thank you, Lisa! You made my day!! I wanted to write a story which would keep you on the edge of your seat turning pages but also filled with hope and…moreThank you, Lisa! You made my day!! I wanted to write a story which would keep you on the edge of your seat turning pages but also filled with hope and love and a sense of the universe of emotions within ourselves. So glad you enjoyed!(less)

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(Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
3.5 Twinkling Stars for The Space Between

"There's a lot more going on out there than what our eyes see."

Renowned astronomer Sarah Mayfield comes home from a NASA presentation to find her husband Ben missing. Initially Sarah is under suspicion as she was seen in a compromising position during the time Ben went missing. The Mayfield's marriage was going through a "rough patch" and upon her husband's death Sarah stands to inherit millions from his well off family's fortune.

Things escalate quic
Dete Meserve
Jun 04, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I loved every minute of writing this book! And I'm so grateful I get to share it with you.

Kristy K
Most things are not as they appear.
What a good old-fashioned mystery! This is low on psychological thrills but the suspense is there even if it’s not nail-biting. There’s plenty here to keep you turning the pages and guessing the outcome.

After returning from a business trip, Sarah finds her husband missing and what unfolds is a twisting tale of marriage, business, and murder (not all necessarily connected).

Meserve’s excelled at writing a compelling mystery with engaging characters. It flowe
⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5

The Space Between by Dete Meserve grabbed my attention immediately and held it throughout the entire book all the way to the {somewhat} shocking ending.

The Space Between focuses on the story of Sarah Mayfield who works for the Carnegie Institute of Technology and lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband Ben and son Zack. She has just returned home from DC after a 3 day presentation to NASA only to find out that Ben has mysteriously disappeared. The rest of the novel is a contin
Lisa-Books Smiles
just meh!
Bette Crosby
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“The Space Between is a fast-paced novel that combines the best elements of suspense and romance. In this story of a broken marriage, Dete Meserve uses the mysteries of the universe to keep you on the edge of your seat, as she weaves a tale that winds its way through the past and present to bring about a truly satisfying conclusion. Highly recommended.” USA Today bestselling author Bette Lee Crosby
Karen McQuestion
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book kept me engaged the whole way through and I didn't guess the ending until I was right on top of it. Well done!
Purple Country Girl (Sandy)

Netgalley provided a copy of The Space Between in exchange for an honest review.


The Space Between is a briskly-paced mystery about a missing husband and the secrets he left behind. Astronomer Sarah Mayfield is on her way home to L.A. after delivering the most important presentation of her life on the discovery of an asteroid in Earth’s orbit. Still on a high from her presentation and her extraordinary find, Sarah returns home and quickly realizes that something is amiss. Her teenage son is ho
Linda Zagon
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My Review of “The Space Between” by Dete Meserve Lake Union Publishing July 24. 2018

“The Space Between” by Dete Meserve is an intense, intriguing, captivating and stirring story. The Genres for this story are Fiction, Mystery and Suspense. The timeline is in the present and goes to the past only when it pertains to the characters or events.

The author describes her characters as complex and complicated. Sarah Mayfield is a renowned astronomer, who is presenting her theories of a major breakthroug
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this experience.
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
If you like a good dramatic mystery that will keep you intrigued as you turn the pages, you owe it to yourself to get this book. The Space Between has twists and turns that take you on a delightfully suspenseful ride. The book begins with Sarah Mayfield, a renowned astronomer, giving a presentation to NASA on an exciting scientific discovery. When she returns home to San Francisco she finds an unexplained bank deposit of one million dollars and a husband who has gone missing. There is a loaded g ...more
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
The Space Between is a feel good mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

The Space Between follows Sarah after she’s made a career changing scientific breakthrough. Upon returning home, she finds her husband is missing thus beginning a thrilling mystery.

Meserve does a fantastic job of capturing the readers’ attention immediately and maintains it throughout the entire novel. My eyes were glued to the pages because I couldn’t get enough of Sarah and her investigation. The Space Between
Patricia Sands
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As captivating and complex as the night skies that feature in The Space Between, this is a thrilling read. A precipitous shift in perceived reality causes everything past and present to be suspect. Meserve skillfully crafts all the elements of a superbly suspenseful page-turner.
Tonya Schultz
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you want a book that will keep you up all night, because you can't put it down then this book is for you. A suspenseful, sitting on the edge of your seat is definitely how I would describe this wonderful book about a woman who comes home from a business trip only to find her husband missing. With the discussion of divorce before she left on her trip, did her husband decide to leave on his own or was there something much deeper going on? I was hanging on to every page up til the last page! I h ...more
Christie Sitterly
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Space Between by Dete Meserve is an outstanding, out-of-this-world work of art! This book starts off with a bang and never slows down. Main character, Sarah, is an astronomer who returns home from a conference to find that her husband is missing and that security system footage of their home has been erased. Working with a colleague, she is able to recover snippets of footage that lead her to wonder just what kind of dealings her husband was involved in. This book will keep the reader guessi ...more
Kerry Anne King
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A story that is as much about what you don't see as what you do... The pages just kept on turning - hard to put down.
Real review to come!
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to thank #NetGalley, #Lake Union and #Dete Meserve for this awesome book.

It had me from the title. I’ve always loved everything about space, the atmosphere, the whole thing. It’s the most fascinating thing ever to me. Like the oceans, it goes on and on forever. Not beginning and no ending and we are but one tiny dot. That is just awesome to me.

Sarah and Ben are a typica couple. Married a long time and have a son. They drifted apart in so many ways but can they find their way back to each
Barbara Sissel
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
An intensely suspenseful and fast-paced story from the opening page, The Space Between is a race against a ticking clock. Her husband is gone, having left behind a host of near inscrutable clues and somewhere among them she'll find the truth. But will she be in time? The mysteries of the universe that form a backdrop for this domestic thriller are effortlessly and intriguingly woven in with the more human mysteries that surround the human heart.
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sarah and Ben have been married for 15 years when Ben goes missing just days before a high profile lawsuit against his restaurant business partners. Ben leaves behind a gun in Sarah's nightstand, a million dollars in a rarely longer used bank account, a fully decorated Christmas tree and secrets that Sarah must decipher to discover what has happened to him.

The Space Between is a fast-paced, engaging novel from the very first pages. I guessed "whodunnit" but it in no way deterred from the intens
Susan (The Book Bag)
I've read all of Dete's books and I've loved them all. This one blew me away, on so many levels. As I was reading The Space Between, I had no idea where or how the story was going to end. I went back and forth, not knowing what to believe. What a page turner!

The main character, Sarah, is a very strong person, a scientist who questions everything. She's not one to just accept those things that appear to be fact but questions everything she hears and learns. When she comes home and discovers her
Karen Trosterud
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am so sad this book is over!!! I loved every word! So suspenseful from the first page!! I adored all the words about the stars, moon and the sky! So descriptive I felt like I was laying on a blanket watching up! A must read!! Received a arc from netgalley..
Jennie  Veazey
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Space Between is an amazing book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it from start to finish. This is a story about Sarah Mayfield, her husband Ben, and their son Zack. Sarah is a well known astronomer who comes home from presenting a major scientific breakthrough to a spellbound audience across the country, to realize her husband is missing. Her son Zack saw him last and Ben’s last words were, lock the doors and set the alarm. Sarah begins investigating what has happened to her husband, in doing ...more
Carla Suto
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE SPACE BETWEEN by Dete Meserve is fast-paced, suspenseful story with lots of twists and turns that kept me riveted from beginning to end. Astronomer Sarah Mayfield returns home from a career-defining business trip to find that her husband Ben appears to be missing. Nothing seems to add up as she and son Zack try to piece together the disturbing evidence being revealed as the investigation into his disappearance proceeds. As with her scientific endeavors, Sarah realizes that things may not be ...more
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-publication
This is a book I could not put down! I'd been in kind of a reading slump and found the story refreshing and full of interesting characters and lots of movement. A great read!

Thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and provide an honest review.
Leanna Mattea
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don’t usually binge read, but found myself having to reprimand myself, to not neglect other responsibilities, and tear myself away . The Space Between by Dete Meserve is a wonderful book, from start to finish. A gripping mystery, that had me trying to put the pieces together. But the beauty of the accompanying story of Sarah’s astronomy background, how it grounded her and the panic that she felt, unbelieving that her husband Ben could be dead or was a murderer. It allowed her to process events ...more
Deborah Blanchard
I absolutely loved this book! It is filled with mystery and you are constantly wondering what is really going on in the space between. Sometimes all is not as it seems. Sarah's husband Ben has disappeared and is accused of murder. Is she in danger? This book will keep you guessing. The characters are exquisitely developed and I grew to know them on a personal level. The plotline is fantastic and you will keep turning the pages till the very end. There is a wonderful flow to this story and the wr ...more
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
The Space Between centers on the unlikely couple of Ben and Sarah - a restaurant owner who is in business with movie stars and his NASA scientist wife - but for some reason, they are a perfect fit. Years later, they have their struggles but suddenly Ben has gone missing and some serious shady things are coming to light. I enjoyed this story and appreciated that Meserve didn't use gimmicky plot devices to create a hook, but that the story was believable. I have to say I was surprised (in a good w ...more
Arabicbeauty *BookBabe*
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This novel tugged at my heart strings. Everything about this book was epic and beautiful. A definite page turner, leaves you wanting more with every flip of the page.
Camille Maio
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This one is a page turner! I stayed up until 1am to see what happened. The author brilliantly wove in starry facts with compelling fiction.
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A novel that's both mystery and women's fiction, The Space Between explores what happens in marriage and the suspense of a missing husband. Sarah Mayfield is a successful astronomer who makes a major scientific discovery but comes home to find that her husband Ben had disappeared. How much do we really know about the people we love? After 15 years of marriage, how much have we stopped noticing and what gets lost in the static of life?

Sarah uncovers pieces of Ben's ife she can't explain - an une
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Dete Meserve is the award-winning, bestselling author of Good Sam and Perfectly Good Crime. Her this novel, The Space Between, will be published by Lake Union Publishing on July 24, 2018. When she’s not writing, she is a film and television producer in Los Angeles and a partner and CEO of Wind Dancer Films.

Meserve has been fascinated by the stars ever since she first saw the Milky Way arching ove