The story is strongest in its periods of slow burn, and the explosive conclusion rewrites the majority of the book to ambivalent effect. Know me better than anyone else and maybe even me. The ending barely matters in the grand scheme of the novel, which is worth every minute spent on it. I was constantly checking over my shoulder, closing doors, pulling blinds shut.
Abandoning a relationship, a job, even a house — all of these things count towards change and advance within the stories we make of our lives. Reid builds tension the way Edgar Allen Poe builds brick walls in his basement.
When someone else previously unconnected to us knows us in a way we never thought or believed possible. Return the turn flavor.
But what they achieve is the beginning of a menacing feeling that starts to overlay the entire book as you continue reading. This novel will find a spot in your heart and head and it will live therefor days,weeks, months, or in my case the rest of your life.
If the entire book had been of this nature I would have given it 5 stars. Reid is particularly good at capturing the danger that often shadows female identity.
This is a novel you want to read without it being spoiled. The rational response to these scenes is: Endure terror until appropriate and in the meantime, follow Jake … where? This kind of relationship would be chosen.
A lover of learning and a glutton for rejection letters. Iain Reid takes you on a harrowing road trip that keeps you riveted until the final destination. My problems all lie within the plot itself. Strategic compression turns out to be her defining feature, even more so than her desire for solitude.
Here is a woman who has been frightened of men — however innocuously — since she was a girl. It is, in fact, the opposite. Once finished, you will be hard pressed not to start the whole terrifying journey all over again. Over the course of an afternoon or an evening. Of course, thrillers can also be serious and disturbing and literary: 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.
The real sense of mystery plays out in the mind game between Jake and the narrator. Symbols abound and multiply, Jake describing her as a "compressed" Uma Thurman.
Yet even in her profound state of doubt, she remains captivated by Jake — not just his thoughts and opinions, but by the way he chews, the way he drives, the way he wraps up two headache tablets in a tiny Kleenex-and-tape sachet.
Reid masterfully explores the perversity of loneliness and somehow also creates a very entertaining thriller. Tense, gripping, and atmospheric, this novel pulls you in from the very first page…and never lets you go.Oscar winner Charlie Kaufman is set to write and direct a film adaptation of Iain Reid’s internationally best selling novel “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” for Netflix.
Named an NPR Best Book of the Year in“I’m Thinking of Ending Things” examines the fragility of the psyche and the limitations of solitude. Iain Reid’s debut novel is a psychological thriller like none other Iain Reid’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things (Scout Press, June 14) is about questions.
Notably, the question “What are you waiting for?” which arrives late in the novel, the context of which I won’t discuss for fear of spoiling anything.
Sep 04, · I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS By Iain Reid pp. Scout Press. $ Almost immediately I found myself wanting to associate Iain Reid’s suspenseful debut novel, “I’m Thinking of Ending Things,” with Russell H. Greenan’s hypnotic cult-classic thriller “It Happened in Boston?” ().
Iain Reid is the author of two critically acclaimed, award-winning books of nonfiction. His debut novel, I'm Thinking of Ending Things, was an international bestseller, and was translated into more than a dozen languages.
Oscar-winner Charlie Kaufman is writing and directing the film adaptation for Netflix.
Foe is Reid's second novel/5(K). 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. kirkus review A road trip in a snowstorm takes a sinister turn for a man and his girlfriend, the novel’s unnamed narrator.
Reid’s preternaturally creepy debut unfolds like a bad dream, the kind from which you desperately want to wake up yet also want to keep dreaming so you can see how everything fits together—or, rather, falls apart.Download