Small Spaces

We don’t pick and choose what to be afraid of. It’s like our fears pick us.

Seventeen-year-old Tash Carmody has been traumatised since childhood, when she witnessed her gruesome imaginary friend Sparrow lure young Mallory Fisher away from a carnival. At the time nobody believed Tash, and she has since come to accept that Sparrow wasn’t real. Now fifteen and mute, Mallory’s never spoken about the week she went missing.

As disturbing memories resurface, Tash starts to see Sparrow again. And she realises Mallory is the key to unlocking the truth about a dark secret connecting them. Does Sparrow exist after all? Or is Tash more dangerous to others than she thinks?

YA Psychological Thriller
Ages 13+ | 414 pages

ISBN: 9780645332254 (paperback)
ISBN: 9780645332257 (ebook)

Publisher: Fourteen Press
Distributor (except AU/NZ): Ingram

• Winner: YA Fiction Award, Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature
• Winner: Davitt Award for Best Young Adult Crime Novel
• Honour Book: CBCA Book of the Year Awards
• Shortlisted: NSW Premier’s Literary Awards
• Shortlisted: Queensland Literary Awards
• Shortlisted: Australian Book Industry Awards
• Shortlisted: Aurealis Awards
• Shortlisted: Readings Young Adult Book Prize
• Shortlisted: Davitt Awards Best Debut Crime Book
• Longlisted: Indie Book Awards

SMALL SPACES has been optioned for film by Triptych Pictures.

“This stunning YA psychological thriller will set hearts racing and even have adults searching for silhouettes in the dark. Wow.”

The Herald Sun

“Small Spaces is a clever, highly entertaining read and an impressive debut from a thoughtful writer who knows how to weave contemporary concerns of mental illness through a story with stampede intensity.”

Better Reading

“This spine-tingling, shiver inducing psychological thriller is one of the most impressive YA debuts I’ve read in ages. With its twisty-turny plot, super-creepy atmosphere and deeply relatable characters, Small Spaces is impossible to put down and a legitimate threat to any reader’s peace of mind.”


Small Spaces is good, terrifying fun and I highly recommend it for all brave souls 14+ who love reading.”


“Small Spaces is a fast-paced, tightly crafted psychological narrative that is hard to put down. This is a refreshing, rollercoaster thriller that blurs the lines between truth and fiction and keeps you guessing until the end.”

Judges’ comments, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards

As debuts go, this one is stunning. It is a clever story, superbly told. Epstein has shown a classy hand with a psychological thriller that lives up to the cliche of being hard to put down.”

“A beautifully crafted psychological thriller. I couldn’t put it down.”

Fleur Ferris, YA author

Small Spaces is a deliciously creepy YA thriller that reeled me in, made my heart race and kept me guessing to the very end.”

Rachael Craw, YA author

“This gripping debut messes with your head and makes you doubt your own senses. With Small Spaces, Sarah Epstein smashes it out of the park.”

Ellie Marney, YA author



Australia/New Zealand
Ages 14+ | 384 pages

ISBN: 9781760653125
Publisher: Walker Books Australia


Australia/New Zealand
Ages 14+ | 384 pages

ISBN: 9781921977381
Publisher: Walker Books Australia

Stalker - Small Spaces French edition


Ages 14+ | 416 pages

ISBN: 9791036354496
Publisher: Bayard Editions

Fobia - Small Spaces Polish edition


Ages 14+ | 400 pages

ISBN: 9788381542371
Publisher: Zielona Sowa