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3.69  ·  Rating details ·  3,335 ratings  ·  825 reviews
A taut, psychological mind-bender from the bestselling author of I’m Thinking of Ending Things.

We don’t get visitors. Not out here. We never have.

In Iain Reid’s second haunting, philosophical puzzle of a novel, set in the near-future, Junior and Henrietta live a comfortable, solitary life on their farm, far from the city lights, but in close quarters with each other. One d
Hardcover, 261 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Gallery/Scout Press (first published August 7th 2018)
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Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Junior and Hen are a married couple who live on an isolated farm well away from the city lights, and that’s just the way they like it, until late one night when a stranger turns up and brings news that will turn both of their lives upside down.

The stranger (Terrance) claims to be working in collaboration with the government, and tells Junior that he’s been chosen to go on a long journey - a journey into space no less! He explains that it will eventually help mankind. In preparation for this jou
Chelsea Humphrey
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: from-publisher
"One has to be careful what one takes when one goes away forever."
-Leonora Carrington, The Hearing Trumpet

I'm glad I sat on this one for a day before writing my review; the more I wrestled with the story, the easier it was to conclude that I did in fact enjoy it, which in turn caused me to raise my review from a 2 to a 3 star rating. It's exactly what it states on the back cover, "a taut, philosophical mind-bender", one that I personally believe was better than the author's previous novel I'm Th
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
"That's what a relationship is for: mutual support and acceptance. No one understands me the way she does. And that means something. To me, it means everything."

WOWZA! I really enjoyed this haunting and thought-provoking book! Junior and Henrietta (Hen)live away from most people and they like it that away. It's quiet where they live away from the city sounds and lights. Then one day a man, Terrance, arrives and informs them that they have won a lottery of sorts and that Junior will be going away
Justin Tate
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Iain Reid writes intrigue better than anyone. With this book, he even uses punctuation as a source of suspense. Seriously. For those who read it, you know what I'm talking about. Every word, every detail, vibrates with mystery. To the point of being driven crazy trying to find out what happens next.

Reid's first novel, I'm Thinking of Ending Things, was so perfect I was honestly scared to read this one. Surely nothing could compare. Thankfully those worries were unnecessary. Both books are master
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Junior and Henrietta live a quiet solitary life far from the city. One day a visitor, Terrance, mysteriously arrives. They never get visitors. He tells Junior that he has won the lottery and has been selected to live on a settlement in space. He is told that this is a good thing and a fantastic opportunity. But not to worry, they will be sure to take care of Henrietta while he is gone.

And that’s all I’m going to say. To say more would be to ruin the story. Right from the beginning I felt somethi
Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Original review posted 9/6/18 on Cemetery Dance:

Fans of Iain Reid’s first novel I’m Thinking of Ending Things already want this book. They’re looking for more of what he delivered in his debut novel — that “unique, slightly off-kilter, unsettling prose that grabs you and pulls you into the story until it’s over” kind of thing. Rest assured, he’s done it again.

I don’t want to say that Iain Reid is ruining me for other books, but he is — there, I said it. I
As soon as I saw Iain Reid had a new book out, I knew I had to read it. This is the guy who brought us I'm Thinking of Ending Things, a mind-twisting psychological thriller that had me pretty effusive and proud of my fellow Canuck.

Even though this book is different, it has Iain Reid's style all over it. As in IToET, the reader is aware from the beginning that something is "off", but unsure exactly what that something is. Junior and his wife Hen live on a remote farm. One day Terrence arrives to
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: public-library
'That's what time does.  It ushers a return to equilibrium.'

There is something about Iain Reid's writing that immediately syncs up with me.  No, I did not like "Foe" as well as his first novel, but this does nothing to taint my taste for his writing.  Altogether different subject matter, with this one it was a feeling of unease rather than dread.  I had an inkling, something seems to be "off" here, but I did not glom onto the entirety of it.      

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Jun 20, 2018 rated it liked it
it is a truth universally acknowledged that i give all authors three chances to woo me. and whether that’s optimistic or foolish, i don’t know - this practice has redeemed some authors and nailed the coffin lid on others. but i am hereby making an ALL-NEW AMENDMENT to this policy: Iain Reid will get his third chance with me, but i will NOT be buying that third chance in hardcover. EVEN if that hardcover has a pretty face. someone hold me to this, because i am notoriously weak-willed when covers ...more
Lindsay - Traveling Sister
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars!

Wow! This was an exciting step outside of my usual reading genre! 😱🤯

This novel is a combination of thriller, sci-fi and mystery/suspense. I usually steer very clear of anything remotely sci-fi-ish, however, I will be attending an Author Series event next week where this author, Iain Reid, will be speaking so I thought I’d give it a try. Boy, am I happy I did! This novel had me glued to the words from page one. There was an intense feeling of foreboding and unease that crept through my en
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: c-w-mars
Wowza! Iain Reid has done it again!

Sometime in the near future, somewhere within the United States, Junior and Henrietta (Hen) are making a life for themselves in an isolated farmhouse surrounded by fields. Essentially the middle of nowhere. One evening a car travels down their driveway, it's lights are an eerie green, and it immediately grabs Juniors attention. They are not expecting any one. They never have visitors.

They hear the knock on the door. Once opened their lives will never be the s
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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My first experience with Iain Reid kind of resembled my husband being sent to buy tampons . . . .

I didn’t get it. Luckily I post my opinion on the internet, so I was able to see what a complete fucking idiot I am courtesy of some other reviewers. What can I say? I am an idiot. Or I was – because this time around?????

I knew what was going on the entire time it was going on. Annnnnnnnnnd I even knew the extra summin’ summin’ was comi
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unique, reflective, and mystifying!

Foe is a dark, tense, disconcerting thriller that delves into the intricate and dynamic relationship between a husband and wife and has you quickly questioning how well do you really know someone.

The prose is edgy and tight. The characters are multilayered, inhibited, and anxious. And the plot is a skillfully paced, rapidly unraveling journey about life, love, marriage, loneliness, isolation, manipulation, dreams, desires, deception, futuristic endeavours, and
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Junior and Hen enjoy an easy, quiet life on their farm outside the city. This all changes when a man shows up on their doorstep to notify Junior that he has been randomly selected to travel a great distance from home without Hen. He needn’t worry though - Hen will be well taken care of by some.. familiar company. Making waves in 2016 with his psychological thriller I'm Thinking of Ending Things, Iain Reid returns with his sophomore fiction effort, Foe.

To be honest, Reid had completely flown unde
Ova - Excuse My Reading
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"We don’t get visitors. Not out here. We never have."

Junior and Henrietta (Hen) live in the middle of nowhere...One day a man called Terrence arrives. He's from a company working with the government. He declares himself as the bringer of good news. Oh, annoying he seems, he speaks professionally. He knows the best.

Junior has been selected/long listed as a possible candidate to go to space to start installation of a new settlement. This will take a long time, if he a
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
4.5 Stars - Video Review:
Quiet and unsettling, I loved Foe.

Reid has become one of my favourite authors. His writing is literary, yet also wonderfully sparse. In this novel, Reid explores the complex themes of relationships and isolation. While this is a piece of science fiction, the story is more focused the characters and their relationship, rather than the technology. There is very little world building in this novel. Yet, the ambiguous rural farm setting still se
Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
Well that was my kind of book! I LOVE books that screw with your mind a little bit and as soon as I started reading Foe I knew that I was going to enjoy where it was going. I think it would make an extremely good episode of 'Black Mirror"!

Henrietta and Junior are a married couple who live on their remote farm sometime in the future. A stranger, Terrance appears at the door and informs them that Junior has been randomly selected to travel far, far away for an unknown period of time. He doesn't ha
3.5 stars for Foe, a really strange but intriguing read. We follow Junior and Hen at some point in the future, as a stranger arrives with the news that Junior has been selected to go on some strange mission to help save the world. Before he goes, there are many preparations that must be made, and the stranger returns several times to help get it all done.

As the story progresses, we're never given quite enough information, so there's lots of room for your mind to be guessing at what the heck is g
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to start out by saying that this book was promising. The synopsis was intriguing, and I was curious to see where it was going to go.

Here's what I liked: some parts of it were reminiscent of The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay - there are similar themes like isolation, intrusion, family, etc. If you enjoyed The Cabin at the End of the World, there's a chance you will enjoy Foe (I'm not promising that, though, because I did really like Cabin). I appreciated the short chap
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Iain Reid’s books are nothing if not atmospheric. Here we go again with another unsettling story that almost demands to be read in one sitting. Another with the immediate sense that something is awry, uncomfortable, and slightly out of reach. This story is slow, but it manages to keep you poised on the edge of your seat. In a word, it’s subtle. Honestly, I had to read the end a second time before I understood it. (view spoiler) ...more
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished this in one day. Very well written!
Erin Clemence
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, first-reads
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4.5 stars
A special thanks to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada, and Simon & Schuster, Inc. for providing me with a digital ARC of FOE by Iain Reid, which allows me to write an unbiased review.

Iain Reid's novel FOE gave me an uneasy, eerie feeling from the beginning to the climatic ending. Even the cover with the silo beside a dilapidated, old barn in approaching darkness looks scary.

"We don't get visitors. Not out here. We never have."

FOE is about a married couple named Junior and Henr
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow.. four twilight zone stars!

What... the... what ?? Original, creepy, bizarre! Foe is an unusual tale that I won't soon forget!

Junior and Henrietta are a married couple that live on a farm in the middle of nowhere. However, one day, a visitor by the name of Terrence arrives, and their quiet, keep-to-themselves world starts to change in a very big, very strange way.

Here's what I loved about this book: I am not a sci-fi person. I often find sci-fi books to be over my head and confusing. The ge
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Was für ein Buch! Ich hatte große Zweifel daran, das Iain Reid es nochmal schafft, mich zu überzeugen und die Messlatte für seinen Debutroman zu halten, aber er hat es geschafft. Für mich ist er der Meister der "mindblowing Twists", der König der augeklügelten Enden, auf denen eigentlich der ganze Plot aufbaut und Der Chef der Beklemmung. Er schreibt herausragend durchdacht und seine Bücher sollten mindestens 2 mal gelesen werden, da sie immer erst zum Ende hin Sinn ergeben. Das ist sein Stil, s ...more
Liz Laurin
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
let's put it this one point I was pretty sure junior was actually a chicken.
Liz Barnsley
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
 was such a huge fan of “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” which was scary and beautiful and thought provoking and left me dazed for days that I entered into “Foe” with not some little trepidation.
I was both delighted and perturbed (because here we go again) to find that Foe was simply another incredible piece of writing from Iain Reid – different themes but the same quirky, unsettling vibe, the same ability to mess with sense and perception, to leave you as a reader feeling nervy yet challenged in
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
A tense, strange, sparsely-painted psychological thriller that takes place some time in the future. I figured this one out which felt satisfying and not disappointing. Fascinating, quick, and well imagined.
"There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone."
First introduction to The Twilight Zone television series; first episode (2 October 1959).

Within the first 20 pages or so, I beg
*3-3.5 stars = good

Junior and Henrietta live in a remote, rustic farmhouse surrounded by Big-Ag-owned canola plant fields. Late one evening a man in a self-driving government car shows up. He says his name is Terrance and he works for OuterMore, a space exploration firm with one leg in the government. He tells Junior he is SO lucky--he has been picked, lottery-style, to go to space to help with 'the Installation,' the first phase in a planned space resettlement station.

Because Junior will be go
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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.
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