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Book Review: The Space Between Time by Charlie Laidlaw

There are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on Earth… Emma Maria Rossini appears to be the luckiest girl in the world. She’s the daughter of a beautiful and loving mother, and her father is one of the most famous film actors of his generation. She’s also the granddaughter of a rather eccentric and obscure Italian astrophysicist. But as her seemingly charmed life begins to unravel, and Emma experiences love and tragedy, she ultimately finds solace in her once-derided grandfather’s Theorem on the universe.

About the Book

No. of Pages :- 448 pages
Date Published :- 20th June 2019
Publisher :- AccentPress
Genre :- Dark Humor, Contemporary Fiction
Format:- E-ARC

My Rating:- 3/5

The Space between Time is another brilliant novel by Charlie Laidlaw. I had a great time reviewing his first book “The Things We Learn When We’re Dead” last year so when Charlie emailed me asking if I was interested in reviewing his second book I jumped at the opportunity. His writing is unique and something completely different from what I’m used to. I guess that is what keeps making me want to read more and more of his work.

Coming to the story, The Space between Time is about Emma Rossini. A part Italian, part Scottish girl whose father is a world famous actor and mother a beautiful housewife. She has a loving grandmother and a brilliant, yet somewhat radical astrophysicist grandfather. Emma has what seems to be a perfect life. But it isn’t perfect. Behind closed doors and drawn windows Emma’s life is not so idyllic.

Emma has had a sad life. The entire book is her memoir, it is her life story as she grows up from being a little girl to a woman. We see her deal with everything life throws at her as she grows up. We see how her life is shaped by everything that she experienced as a little girl. It is a story of grief and how she tackles it.

The Space Between Time is an emotional ride. There are some funny bits here and there, especially when there are adult situations being viewed through childlike innocence. It is basically a story that most of us live through each and every single day.

The book does touch on some heavy subjects like mental illness, suicide and unhappy family life. It may seem a lot more slowly paced than other books and you might find it long, but that is all part of the narration. This is not a book that you can rush through. The kind of book might not appeal to everyone but if you are into such kind of stories then I would seriously recommend this.

I have said this before about Charlie’s writing and I will say it again, his books are thought -provoking. He writes so close to reality that it makes you stop and think about your on life in ways you may never have thought about it before and that is the beauty of it.

About the Author

Charlie Laidlaw is a Scottish author who graduated from the University of Edinburgh. Over the years he has worked numerous jobs until finally entering the literary world with this first book “The Things We Learn When We’re Dead“.

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Book Review: The Space Between Time by Charlie Laidlaw

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