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I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
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"Maybe that’s how we know when a relationship is real. When someone else previously unconnected to us knows us in a way we never thought or believed possible."

"And you also know things are real when they can be lost."


So... wow. This blew my mind and left me just feeling all sorts. I can't describe it. It was creepy right from the start and only intensified as the book went on. 10/10 for atmosphere and tension. I love how everything -- from the characters to the location and setting -- is minimal and yet the effect achieved is optimal.

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Best read alone at night in one sitting ;)

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.
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Iain Reid
“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? It’s not for sex. If it were for sex, we wouldn’t marry one person. We’d just keep finding new partners. We commit for many reasons, I know, but the more I think about it, the more I think long-term relationships are for getting to know someone. I want someone to know me, really know me, almost like that person could get into my head. What would that feel like? To have access, to know what it’s like in someone else’s head. To rely on someone else, have him rely on you. That’s not a biological connection like the one between parents and children. This kind of relationship would be chosen. It would be something cooler, harder to achieve than one built on biology and shared genetics. I think that’s it. Maybe that’s how we know when a relationship is real. When someone else previously unconnected to us knows us in a way we never thought or believed possible.”
Iain Reid, I'm Thinking of Ending Things

Iain Reid
“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.”
Iain Reid, I'm Thinking of Ending Things


Reading Progress

October 2, 2018 – Shelved
October 2, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
May 14, 2019 – Started Reading
May 16, 2019 – Finished Reading

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