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I'm Thinking of Ending Things by [Reid, Iain]
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"In a novel this engaging, bizarre, and twisted, it shouldn't come as a surprise that its ending is even stranger than the narrative route that takes us there...but it does. Reid's novel is a road trip to the heart of creepyness." --Sjon, author of The Blue Fox, From the Mouth of the Whale, and The Whispering Muse

"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, author of Mysterious Skin and We Disappear

"Here are some near-certainties about I'm Thinking of Ending Things. Number One: You're going to read it fast. Over the course of an afternoon or an evening. The momentum is unstoppable once you start, you won't be able to stop. And Two: once you race to the end and understand the significance of those final pages, you won't be able to stop thinking about it. This novel will find a spot in your heart and head and it will live there---for days, weeks, months, or (in my case) the rest of your life. Yes. It really is that good." --Nick Cutter, author of Cataract City and The Deep

"I'm Thinking of Ending Things is an utterly compelling modern Gothic that stakes its claim in the inner precincts of horror. Reid builds tension the way Edgar Allen Poe builds brick walls in his basement." --Wayne Grady, author of Emancipation Day

"An addictive metaphysical investigation into the nature of identity, one which seduces and horrifies in equal measure. Reid masterfully explores the perversity of loneliness and somehow also creates a very entertaining thriller. I found myself yelling at the characters to put their feet on the pedal and drive." --Heather O'Neill, author of Lullabies for Little Criminals and Daydreams of Angels

"Smart, dangerous and spooky as hell. Iain Reid takes you on a harrowing road trip that keeps you riveted until the final destination." --Brian Francis, author of Fruit and Natural Order

"A chilling debut charts a disturbing journey where philosophy and fear meet head on... A deliciously frightening novel, Reid has a light, idiosyncratic touch but never lets his vice-like grip of suspense slacken for a second. Once finished, you will be hard pressed not to start the whole terrifying journey all over again. 4 stars" --The Independent

"A deviously smart, suspenseful, intense and truly haunting book with a fuse long and masterfully laid." --LA Review of Books

"These characters are carefully developed and the plot takes some frightening turns, leading to a shocking ending. The construct of this book is brilliant and unusual and should appeal to fans of psychological thrillers, as well as to some horror fans. A dark and compelling debut novel, it is a most uncomfortable read but utterly unputdownable." --Booklist

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...[This] tightly crafted tale toys with the nature of identity and comes by its terror honestly." --Kirkus Reviews

"A disturbing work and, as the author's debut novel, quite astounding, and only too memorable." --Shots

"Capped with an ending that will shock and chill, this twisty tale invites multiple readings." - Publishers Weekly

'Packs a big psychological punch with a twisty story line and an ending that will leave readers breathless.' - Library Journal

'Hitchockian in its tension... The pacing is perfect, the writing is lyrical.' - SA Weekend

'Genuinely creepy.' - Age

'A slick puzzle... it builds suspense, and delivers its twist without skipping a beat.' - Australian

'Unrelentingly tense, expertly riding the line between paranoid and horrifying.' --Jezebel

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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 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 830 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Text Publishing (27 Jun. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01CX9NK84
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #114,006 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Very good read. Page turner, it grabs you and don't let go.
The story gets forward and backwards and is very spooky at the end.
It is also a brain-puzzler and it stays with you after reading. You need some time to work things out for yourself.
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Dark, disturbing and thrilling.
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By Liz Barnsley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 July 2016
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I finished “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” then I went back to the beginning and read it again.
You will want to read this book more than once. Or you’ll want to hide it in the depths of the earth never to be seen again. Probably won’t be that much inbetween those two things and the range of reviews would seem to back me on this.

Me? I’m going to tell everyone I know to read this book then read it again.

It scared the living crap out of me but no, don’t ask. Iain Reid has written, in my humble opinion, a masterclass in unsettling the reader without them being able to put their finger on why exactly. It has a surreal, emotional and deeply disturbing vibe that starts on the first page then builds to a crescendo of turmoil at the end followed by a “Wait. No just wait a minute. What the all heck did I just read? Wait what now?” Then a sudden dawning of realisation as it settles and a desperate urge to go back to the start and see it with new eyes. I did that. I was just as haunted the second time round but for utterly different reasons.

Brilliantly constructed, absolutely gorgeous use of language, those little things that make you shiver, glance behind you, wonder what that noise was coming from the other room and when the blurb says “you will be afraid but you won’t know why” that is exactly it. That right there.

It is incredibly difficult to review. Its a road trip for sure, one hell of a ride. Its like Stephen King dropped acid then wrote a story about a girl who is not sure whether she wants to break up with her boyfriend or not. And very much like King when he’s bang on the money, you won’t know what you are getting until you get there and when you DO get there everything you thought you knew will be turned on its head.
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This starts out as a seemingly simple story of a woman and her boyfriend going to meet his parents, but she is thinking of ending things, although what she is thinking of ending is unclear. The main narrative is intercut with two people talking, their sections are in italics, about a murder but it is unclear how the two stories interrelate although as we going on it becomes more and more apparent that the two stories are converging. Towards the end it becomes unclear who is speaking, in the early part of the book it is clear that it is in the girlfriends voice. I found it deeply sinister and compelling but find it hard to understand what the ending meant. I might have to go back and read it again.
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“I think there’s a perception that fear and terror and dread are fleeting. That they hit hard and fast when they do, but they don’t last. It’s not true. They don’t fade unless they’re replaced by some other feeling. Deep fear will stay and spread if it can. You can’t outrun or outsmart or subdue it. Untreated, it will only fester. Fear is a rash”

I’m Thinking Of Ending Things is the first novel by Canadian author, Iain Reid. Jake is taking his new girlfriend to his parents’ remote farm. She’s not entirely sure this is a good idea: he’s a nice guy and she doesn’t really want him to think their relationship is quite so strong; she’s been thinking of ending things.

Things at the farm are not what she really expected, although she’s a city girl, born and bred, so how would she know what’s normal? But Jake’s parents are a bit strange, and she’s glad when Jake doesn’t take them up on the offer to stay the night, even though it has begun to snow quite heavily. Despite his girlfriend’s anxiety about getting home, Jake insists on a detour.

The main narrative is from the woman’s perspective; this is interspersed with some pages printed in italics that consist of conversations between unknown persons about a tragic event. It is apparent from the start that the woman is probably an unreliable narrator. Is her mental stability also in question? While some of it is sound, both her inner monologue and their conversations feature faulty logic and invalid reasoning.

“Just tell your story. Pretty much all memory is fiction and heavily edited. So just keep going… A memory is its own thing each time it’s recalled. It’s not absolute. Stories based on actual events often share more with fiction than fact. Both fictions and memories are recalled and retold.
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This quite frankly is one of the most disturbing books I have read, it is clever in its structure and it takes you in a choke hold and spits you out as the final pages rattle by.

This is one of the more difficult reviews to write because I genuinely can't tell you all that much about the plot without spoiling it or influencing you in some way. Twisted and scary, I can assure you that I didn't sleep well last night.

Primarily what I can tell you about the plot is that Jake and 'The Girlfriend' are off on a road trip to visit his parents. The journey and the route drive the narrative and enables a tension to build up throughout. The trip is a bit bizarre as is the return journey. The return leg involves a stop off at a Dairy Queen and a school and it is here that things turn the weirdest yet. Interspersed are small fragments of a different story about a terrible event that has happened. That is all I can tell you....

This book has been billed as Psychological Horror and I would agree with that description, it is unflinching whilst being sparse. This story plummets to depths that I haven't read before and the tautness of the prose lead me to gulp at the end and wonder what on earth just happened. At first I didn't understand the ending, after thinking about it now I do and everything that went before makes sense. There were clues and signs along the way of course that now make sense.

This book is short at just over 200 pages but it packs one hell of a punch, I hurtled through it, such was my need to find out the ending. It was gripping and horrific at the same time. When you have to look but know you shouldn't.

This book is an examination of ones identity, and of desire and longing. It is about things not being quite as they appear set against a backdrop of horror and sadness.

I was scared witless and it was quite simply brilliant.
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