I'm Thinking of Ending Things: A Novel

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About this ebook

Now a Netflix original movie, this deeply scary and intensely unnerving novel follows a couple in the midst of a twisted unraveling of the darkest unease. 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 smart and intense literary suspense novel, 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, your dread and unease will mount with every passing page” (Entertainment Weekly) of this edgy, haunting debut. Tense, gripping, and atmospheric, I’m Thinking of Ending Things pulls you in from the very first page…and never lets you go.

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June 19, 2016
STORY LINE: This story begins with Jake and a young woman known in the book only as "the girlfriend" on a long drive to visit Jake's parents. The awkward visit is over and the girlfriend is left alone and stranded in a school where she will face a harrowing experience. To give too many details will spoil the book. Suffice it to say, this is a very intense physiological story of what happens before, during and after the visit to Jake's parents isolated farm. CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT: I am not sure where to start with this review. This book is very different from anything I have read in the past. Author Ian Reid has penned a mind-blowing novel. Through a short novel, Reid skillfully packs a lot into the pages. The plot blew me away. None of this book was what I expected; it held me glued to my E-reader as I followed the character's digression into horror, fear, and mania. Reid has crafted a first-rate psychological suspense novel. Even the title of the book is more than it seems at first glance. His development of the plot and characters was skillful; the plot never lagged or slowed. When I reached the end, I had to stop, re-read the last chapter, and ask myself "oh my, how did I miss that". There were some clues left along the way, but Reid cleverly mask them. What an ending! RECOMMENDATION: I recommend this book to young adults and adults due to psychological content. Reid has created a solid well-developed psychological suspense thriller. I received this book from NetGalley. com in exchange for an honest book review. Book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion; all book reviews on line under my name and on my blog are my opinion.
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Chelsea Kraus
December 6, 2019
Somewhat predictable ending. The first 3/4 of the book did a really solid job of giving me the uneasy creeps. Then it was an wrapped up in a cliche way. Also I should have maybe should have read the description better - I thought it was longer but there was an extra 20 pages of excerpt from his other book.
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Simon Larsson
August 20, 2022
Riveting; it was unusually hard for me to put this one away. Initially it's quirky and subtly humourous with a perfectly struck balance of raw reality and surreal glitches. What's almost dreamlike then spirals to a nightmare. The finale drags on a little bit and is not quite as clever as the build-up but the closure is worth it.
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About the author

Iain Reid is the author of four previous books, including his New York Times bestselling debut novel I’m Thinking of Ending Things, which has been translated into more than twenty languages. Oscar winner Charlie Kaufman wrote and directed the film adaptation for Netflix. His second novel, Foe, is being adapted for film, starring Saoirse Ronan, with Reid cowriting the screenplay. His latest novel is We Spread. Reid lives in Ontario, Canada. Follow him on Twitter @Reid_Iain.

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