The Spaces Between Trees
Author: Katie Williams
Pages [hardcover]: 274
Opening Lines: I’m in Hokepe Woods this morning, like I am every Sunday, delivering papers and keeping an eye out for Jonah Luks. It’s early when I drive into the neighborhood, so everyone’s still sleeping.
Favorite Character: Evie
Not your everyday coming-of-age novel
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.
I wanted to like this book more than I did, to tell the truth. Evie was such a fun, unique character who had a quirky personality that sometimes has the reader embarrassed for her, though she has no idea just how weird she’s being. But the book seemed to drag on, and I was never quite sure what the book was supposed to be about. The ending was very lacking, and I expected much more.
Evie and her new found friend, Hadley, are on the prowl, attempting to find Zabet’s killer. There’s also Jonah, the mysterious college dropout that Evie ‘happens to run into’ every Sunday while she’s on her paper route. Every character has their own flaws, some not so obvious until the end.
I don’t really have that much else to say. The Space Between Trees gets 2.5/5 stars.