I'm Thinking of Ending Things
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.
A man and his girlfriend are on their way to ...more
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Haunting and just a little disturbing, packed with a lot of semantic word play, philosophy and strong allusions to Viktor Frankl's logotherapy, this novel stands out as a fast, suspenseful novel that I'd never recommend for a beach read. (It also reminded me a great deal of the 2005 film *Stay* with Ryan Gosling, who would be a great Jake in a film adaptation that I hope never comes to the screen and is ruined by Hollywood)(less) (hide spoiler)]
The point of view is from the girlfriend and inside her head we find out that she is thinking of 'ending things' with Jake. Jake is perfect and smart and all that stuff but it's time to just move on. Except for the fact that we are on our way to the whole meet the parents thing.
Once we get to the farm..we get to meet the parents.
With a smidge of this:
Then we find out some stuff and thangs. (I ...more
This book is a perfect example of negative reviews selling a book. Specifically Shelbs's and Kells's reviews. I had to see what all the fuss was about. So, yeah, the negative reviews of this book sold me. I paid money for this book based solely on negative reviews. Some authors need to hear that. They need to let that shit sink in. Are Shelbs and Kells stupid for not getting this book? Nope. And I'll explain why.
Iain Reid's I'm Thinking of Ending Things is ...more
I'm not sure whether to give this book 4 or 5 Stars. I'm going with 4 for now because the book was filled with so many things that made my stomach turn. I get why the journey was like this now. I'm so ready to hit the fifth star button!
I listened to the audio version of the novel. I think this might have pl ...more
I don't want to say too much about this novel, because the puzzle and atmosphere are really the ghoulish, psychological fun of it. It's a deeply unsettling novel; that's the point of it, and as such, it's brief — I finished it in a couple of hours.
It's certainly not for everyone. Read the first chapter (you can find ...more
Basically, this book fucking
If you like existential road trips, creepy farmhouses, after dark schools, being anxious, tense vibes, and books that can read forward and backwards— this one's for ya.
Many people have this filed as 'Mystery' or 'Psychological Thriller' and it's sorta a blend of those, but way closer to 'Psychological Horror' for me than anything else. It's an unsettling, paranoid mindfuck that at first appearances ...more
I put off reading this book for such a long time because there were so many negative reviews and I don't see why! I freaking loved this book! It blew me right way! I got if from the Overdrive library and I'm going to be buying it to keep.
Okay, so like the narrator is this woman that I have no idea who she is, name-wise. Unless I missed it, they never say in the book. She's on a road trip with her boyfriend Jake. He is taking her to meet his parents for the first time and ...more
I listened to the audio of this one and at first I didn't find it too bad. A woman and her boyfriend, Jake are on their way to his parents for dinner. She is like the title says.....thinking of ending things.
"You will be scared. But you won't know why"
That quote from the book is very true. I was so confused and felt very uncomfortable for almost the entire book. I think this book might be too smart for me because I still don't think I understand it. I wonder if reading the actual book would ha ...more
An instant recognition of a perfect stranger, whispers, the Caller, there is only one question. (view spoiler)[ What if we are all just alone? (hide spoiler)] Thought is reality, context is everything.
It's not surprising that the ratings are all over ...more
For the first half of the book I wasn't sure it was gonna work for me. Although the writing was excellent and there was a thin thread of suspense it was mostly just a car ride with two characters that I couldn't relate to.
The second half changed everything!
I absolutely loved it, I was so impressed.
I was also glad when it was over because it was just too dark in there.
"𝙄𝙩'𝙨 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙝𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙩-𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙥𝙥𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙤𝙧 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙣𝙨𝙚 𝙤𝙧 ...more
This book follows a man named Jake and his girlfriend (who is never given a name) as they go to his rural farm in the middle of nowhere to meet his parents (who are insanely creepy). There's a snow ...more
"I think what I want is for someone to know me. Really know me. Know me better than anyone else and maybe even me. Isn't that why we commit to another?"
In Iain Reid's I'm Thinking of Ending Things (I'll admit I thought of ending my reading of this book more than a few times), an unnamed woman is on a road trip with her boyfriend, Jake. They've been dating six weeks, and she enjoys his intelligence, his sense of humor, his intensity, and the way he surprises ...more
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 opin ...more
Update 8/7/20: I’m looking at 3 months of severe boredom because my dog smashed into me & I have a broken leg! Surgery, days spent in the hospital, a massive scar, and 3 months of using a walker. I LOVED this book! Looking back, I’m shocked I didn’t give it 5 stars. To say I cannot wait for th ...more
OMG where to start?? Okay it is true, this book is a crazy train on crack. Totally. I had looked so forward to reading this book. I never thought for a minute it would be less than a 5 star read. I thought it was a sure thing.
So I dug into it the second I got it. I was excited to find it to be a fast, easy read. It was short, just over 200 pages and that is my favorite type of book. I instantly ...more
In an bout of frustration, I Google searched spoilers. I found an entire web site dedicated to discussing this very issue. Even the people that loved the book were, for the most part, confused. The general consensus seems to be that if you read the book twice, it'll all become very clear. Here's the thing:
I'm not ...more
I didn't know anything about this book, nor have I read any reviews now that I've finished it. I'm eager to read some reviews after I'm finished writing this--
This book will be on my list for my favorite reads this year, I know that for sure.
Here's what happened:
I wanted to read this book because I have an ARC of Iain's next book, FOE sitting on my nightstand and I just wanted some author context under my belt--like style and voice.
Update: If you're spoiler averse, don't read this. Readers have a plethora of reviews available to them which dance around this novel so completely that the innocent and unwary can't assess whether it's a book they'd like. I'm here to help. Really.
I initially had difficulty identifying why ...more
Ooooooooooooooh YES. Iain Reid, you got me. You reeled me in with your intelligent writing, got me to wade in those murky waters with your off kilter narrator, got my imagination going with the image of "The Caller", freaked me out good in that farmhouse with those dead lambs and chickens who eat their own eggs, and kept it going all the way through until the merciless ending, where I said - 'PARDON?' Now I need to read this all over again.
This is Reid's debut fiction novel, and he has ...more
This book is actually SO well constructed. Reading it a 2nd time was like reading an entirely different book. My brain is still buzzing with all of the possible theories and explanations for what exactly happens in this story. But at the end of the day, it doesn't really matter because you can interpret it however you'd like. The atmosphere is so strong and extremely creepy. It succeeds as a horror/thriller but has so many other layers to it. I am fascinated by its ruminat ...more
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