By Jodi Casella
Simon Pulse, 2013. 243 pages. Young Adult
Responsible for the car accident that killed his twin brother, Marshall Windsor is consumed with the idea of finding a thin space -- a mythical point where the barrier between this world and the next is thin enough for a person to step through to the other side. Marshall only has one chance to make amends, and so he spends his time scraping his bare feet along the ground -- at home, at school -- in order to try to slip through and find his brother again.
When a new girl moves into the
house next door, the same house Marshall is sure holds a thin space, she
may be the key to (or the unraveling of) all his secrets. As they get
closer to finding a thin space -- and to each other -- Marshall must
decide once and for all how far he’s willing to go to right the wrongs
of the living . . . and the dead.
The grief in these pages is almost palpable; Casella does an excellent job of rendering Marshall's suffering (and obsession), and it's the emotional arc that drives both the protagonist and the reader on to the story's climax and end. While not the most thrilling of reads, this one will certainly linger with a patient reader long after the last page is turned.