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I'm Thinking of Ending Things

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  29,290 ratings  ·  5,683 reviews
You will be scared. But you wont know why

Im thinking of ending things. Once this thought arrives, it stays. It sticks. It lingers. Its 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 cant fake a thought.

And heres what Im thinking: I dont want to be here.

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Published June 14th 2016 by Gallery/Scout Press
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Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition This is from Heidi on - I thought she summed it up beautifully:<spoiler>My take is that Jake (and the narrator too, then) is…moreThis is from Heidi on - I thought she summed it up beautifully:<spoiler>My take is that Jake (and the narrator too, then) is someone with multiple personality disorder. He is trying to decide if he should kill himself. Jake is trying to figure out if he was always going to end up alone and committing suicide or if there was any he could have had a seminormal life. Since it's mentioned in the book several times that he's quite intelligent (he was going to be a professor), he creates a last-ditch persona--the girlfriend--to conduct a thought experiment. The girlfriend persona is someone he really did meet at a bar during trivia night, but he never gave her his number, and they never had a relationship. Jake writes down and acts out what would have likely happened if they did in fact have a relationship. Jake concludes that she would have eventually dumped him, and therefore he would still end up as a middle-aged, suicidal janitor. At the end of the story, all of his personas are in agreement that he should kill himself.</spoiler>(less)
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Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, horror
this is like those trippy A24 horror movies. love.
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Jake and his girlfriend are on a road trip to go and see Jake's parents at their rural farm.
Palm Springs commercial photography

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.
Palm Springs commercial photography

With a smidge of this:
Palm Springs commercial photography

Then we find out some stuff and thangs. (I'm
Jennifer Masterson
Holy shit that was brilliant!!! What a mind f*ck!!! I have to tell you that I thought this was going to be a 1 or 2 star book for me until the very end. I mean like the last 15 minutes of it.

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
Chelsea Humphrey
I dont write a lot of reviews where I give a book under 3 stars; Id like to think its because I typically know what type of book I like to read, but every now and again I get it completely wrong and I have to write an embarrassing review on why I disliked a novel that everyone else seems to rave about. This was one of those books. I was immediately requesting this one on NetGalley the second I saw it, as it sounded right up my alley. Creepy, suspenseful, vague-YES! However, Ill say that my not ...more
Edward Lorn
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Not sure...

Dig it:

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
Maggie Stiefvater
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, recommended
The back of this book merely promises that you will be afraid and not know why. There are no other details. Funnily enough, that is the most accurate summation of this novel possible.

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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Holy crap on a cracker!

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
Oooooh, this is a tough one to review, because it's not going to be for everyone, and I also don't want to give too much away. It's a slim volume that packs such a WALLOP! that creeps up on you, it would be super easy to spoil it for someone if you weren't careful.

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

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
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: public-library
Yep. All of them. Stars, that is. This psychological horror novel clicked with me immediately. The level of dread and unease were almost completely off the scale before it was over. The tours of the barn and the abandoned school were fantastic.

An instant recognition of a perfect stranger, whispers, the Caller, there is only one question. (view spoiler) Thought is reality, context is everything.

It's not surprising that the ratings are all over the
Mar 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
the universe is so strange. i was sick for a couple weeks (koff, koff) and for a few of those days, i was too sick to even read (i know - it was DIRE!), so i watched a lot of movies, including one that i did not have high expectations for at all, but i was curious about its well-publicized OMG twist! ending. and it was pretty bad. but i was glad to have seen it so i could discover the surprise on my own and not come across it on the careless internet. and once i could read again, but was still ...more
Larry H
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Seriously, what the hell was this?

"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
Liz Barnsley
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
Evgnossia O'Hara
Jul 04, 2018 rated it liked it
What was that???? I'm so confused...
Review later perhaps...
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
"Im thinking of ending things.

Once this thought arrives, it stays. It sticks. It lingers. It dominates."

.....aaaaand that's how I felt while reading this book. Though I can see how the style of this story would appeal to others, it just wasn't for me.

HOWEVER, all is not lost because at the end of the book was an excerpt from the author's sophomore novel, Foe, and THAT one is definitely more my style and just got added to the upper stratosphere of my TBR.

Silver linings and so that crap.

Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine)
This was a very quick read and it kept me in suspense until the very end. That's the good news. The bad news? I don't know what the hell happened. I don't know how it ended. Seriously.

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
Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
As per usual, this is a legit, no spoiler review.
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--
My thoughts:
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.
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm thinking of spoiling things, or to be more specific, I'm thinking that anything I say about this could spoil it, so I will just say that I read this in one sitting and I was intrigued. 4 stars.
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at:

The following quote pretty much sums up my dream thriller . . .

My story is not like a movie, Ill say. Its not heart-stopping or intense or bloodcurdling or graphic or violent. No jump scares. To me, these qualities arent usually scary. Something that disorients, that unsettles whats taken for granted, something that disturbs and disrupts reality thats scary.

^^^^^Oooooooooo so much excite!!!!

Unfortunately the above-referenced quote
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My immediate reaction upon finishing: "What was that? It started out with a certain amount of promise, then... the last 150 pages just rambled into an incoherent ending. Either that, or I didn't get the memo."

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
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

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
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
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L A i N E Y
[18.10.30] I was talking to a friend about books to read for Halloween and what do you know? Like a real menace to my psych that it was/is - last night I got a nightmare from it AGAIN. Should come with trigger warning. At least for me.

This thing scared the shit out of me!

Disconcerting, unnerving and altogether the stuff of nightmare.

It was, without a doubt, truly a brilliant book. The fact that the author could write such an eerie debut novel was beyond incredible .... but... I hated being in
One things for sure. Ill never hear Hey Good Lookin again with having chills go down my spine

Iain Reids novel is not for everyone. I think that you will either hate it, or, as I did, love it! Some reviewers termed it a mind f**k. I have to agree. It is the type of book, that to appreciate all the nuances, you have to read twice. Even though my TBR is long, I did go back and reread many pages in order to get my head around it. This review will be different because I cant say much without giving
Lindsey Rey
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the scariest thing I have ever read in my life. I'm gonna go hide under a blanket now.
Sincere appreciation is extended to Simon & Schuster and Edelwiess for providing this e-galley for my reading pleasure and honest review. To be published June 14, 2016.

Im Thinking of Ending Things is the kind of book that is difficult to describe as well as unequivocally recommend. It will appeal to a niche group that likes a well-constructed psychological read. It will not be for everyone but for those of us who like a dark, brooding tale, it will be a winner.

It didnt start out that way.
Marianna Neal
What's with the 3.34 Goodreads rating? That's pretty low for this website, and I'm not really sure why people aren't connecting with this one because DAMN... this was great! It's the kind of psychological thriller you want to devour in one sitting (and you can because of how short it is). I was constantly on edge reading this, particularly during the second half of the novel, and while the writing style was pretty simple, it was exactly what this type of story neededjust overall a really ...more
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This was good, but not great. It took me a really, really long time to get into it and for such a short book, thats not exactly ideal. ...more
Thought is reality. Actions can be faked.

It's hard to talk about this book without talking about its Big Twist Ending, which, depending on who you ask, is either stupefying or trite, a sharp slap in the face or a damp squib. For me well, at a certain point I saw it coming. And for what it's worth, I think it's a good twist. But that is not why I loved this book, and I think it's a shame the twist seems to swallow up all other discussion of its many strengths.

The narrator, a nameless woman, is
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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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