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I’m Thinking of Ending Things Review by Iain Reid

Posted on 14 June, 2016 by in Iain Reid, Review / 0 comments

I’m Thinking of Ending Things Review by Iain ReidI'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
on June 14, 2016
Pages: 224
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You will be scared. But you won’t know why…

I’m thinking of ending things. Once this thought arrives, it stays. It sticks. It lingers. It’s always there. Always.

Jake once said, “Sometimes a thought is closer to truth, to reality, than an action. You can say anything, you can do anything, but you can’t fake a thought.”

And here’s what I’m thinking: I don’t want to be here.

In this deeply suspenseful and irresistibly unnerving debut novel, a man and his girlfriend are on their way to a secluded farm. When the two take an unexpected detour, she is left stranded in a deserted high school, wondering if there is any escape at all. What follows is a twisted unraveling that will haunt you long after the last page is turned.

In this smart, suspenseful, and intense literary thriller, debut novelist Iain Reid explores the depths of the human psyche, questioning consciousness, free will, the value of relationships, fear, and the limitations of solitude. Reminiscent of Jose Saramago’s early work, Michel Faber’s cult classic Under the Skin, and Lionel Shriver’s We Need to Talk about Kevin, I’m Thinking of Ending Things is an edgy, haunting debut. Tense, gripping, and atmospheric, this novel pulls you in from the very first page…and never lets you go.

I have to say that I’m Thinking of Ending Things, the debut novel for Iain Reid, was definitely a page turner that kept me thinking. It was creepy and interesting and a unputdownable. This book was recommended to me by one of my good blogger friends, Megan from Reading Books Like a Boss. She had such wonderful things to say about this book that I had to give it a try.

I wasn’t sure what I would be in store for and in the end was completely surprised and shocked by this book.

This is definitely not my normal read as I prefer something with a bit of romance but I enjoyed it all the same because it was different, it made me think outside of the box, and it totally scared the crap out of me!

I know I am being vague about this book but I don’t want to spoil anything for readers. I’m Thinking of Ending Things is the story of Jake and his girlfriend and their road trip to visit his parents. What starts off as a simple visit turns out to be so much more as readers will question every action, every sentence all the while feeling the horror of what is to come.

And I’ll be honest…I was scared of what was to come because I couldn’t figure out anything! But oh, was it thrilling!

So the reason why this book was a 3-3.5 star for me was because the beginning started off VERY slow for me. Probably half way through until the end, I was totally sucked into this book and couldn’t put it down. It was written well and such a crazy story that despite it starting off slow, I couldn’t stop thinking about it days after. I just wish it was engaging for me from the very beginning.

Readers who like psychological thrillers will enjoy this one.


About Iain Reid

Iain Reid is the author of two critically acclaimed, award-winning books of nonfiction, One Bird’s Choice, and The Truth About Luck, which was one of The Globe and Mail’s best books of 2013. In 2015, he received the RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award. Reid’s work has appeared in a variety of publications throughout North America. I’m Thinking of Ending Things is his first novel.

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