I'm Thinking of Ending Things - Iain Reid

I'm Thinking of Ending Things

By Iain Reid

  • Release Date: 2016-06-14
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 3.5
3.5
From 43 Ratings

Description

AN NPR BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR 2016

I’m Thinking of Ending Things is one of the best debut novels I’ve ever read. Iain Reid has crafted a tight, ferocious little book, with a persistent tenor of suspense that tightens and mounts toward its visionary, harrowing final pages” (Scott Heim, award-winning author of Mysterious Skin and We Disappear).

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 “dark and compelling…unputdownable” (Booklist, starred review) 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 “packs a big psychological punch with a twisty story line and an ending that will leave readers breathless” (Library Journal, starred review).

Reviews

  • Artistic... yet, unsatisfying...

    4
    By LKJ813
    This book will definitely make you feel the creeps(!), but will also (perhaps) leave you unsatisfied. That’s how I felt about it. Do not expect a clean resolution. Which is fine! I’m not saying every book needs a clean resolution. However... It would’ve been very satisfying to the reader here, in my very humble opinion.
  • Yawn

    2
    By JenWani
    Completely underwhelming, don't waste your money or time on this one.
  • Creepy page turner

    4
    By Tammie Welsh
    Read this in one sitting. Creepy from beginning to end. Be prepared to spend time thinking about this book once it's over.
  • Crazy Good Read

    5
    By Casey424
    What appears to be a story of a young woman on the verge of breaking up with her boyfriend, turns into something quite different. The story starts to take a scary turn once she and her soon-to-be ex-boyfriend make a visit to his parents. If you like a story with twists and turns, this is for you. It's even the kind of story to read over to see what clues you may have missed.
  • Highly Original

    5
    By kris2016
    I read this book in record time, extremely original, fast-paced, different from any other book out there.
  • Well written but horrible story.

    1
    By Swag boy 3
    This book was well written, but it seemed as the author was more intent on being "literary" rather than providing a good story. It was dark yet boring. Couldn't wait to finish it, not because I wanted to see what happened but so I could move on to a better book. Don't waste your money.