I'm Thinking of Ending Things

I'm Thinking of Ending Things

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"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, award-winning author of Mysterious Skin and We Disappear). 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 deeply suspenseful and irresistibly unnerving debut novel, a man and his girlfriend are on their way to a secluded farm. When the two take an unexpected detour, she is left stranded in a deserted high...
Publisher: New York ; London ; Toronto ; Sydney ; New Delhi : Simon & Schuster, 2016
ISBN: 9781501103469
1501103466
9781501126963
1501126962
Branch Call Number: FICTION Rei
Description: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
Alternative Title: I am thinking of ending things

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JLMason
Dec 12, 2018

The twist in this short book becomes discernible about halfway, but it’s well told. The conversations in the car are believable and quite interesting, elevating the book to above average.

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mbenavent
Nov 04, 2018

I have thoroughly enjoyed this book. Psychological thrillers are not usually my first choice but when I saw that this one had a philosophical aspect too I decided to read it. The novel is gripping, smart and the topic it investigates is fascinating. The main characters have interesting conversations from a philosophical and analytical point of view and I found myself enjoying what these were exploring. The author creates an atmosphere of tension and fear that is at times almost unbearable and he does this in such a clever way: by describing scenarios and situations where everything is ok except for something that is out of place. As we can read in the novel "something that disorients, that unsettles what's taken for granted, something that disturbs and disrupts reality-that's scary". Iain Reid has mastered this way of building deep suspense and the effects on the reader are so powerful. When I got to the end I was captivated by how clever the entire idea was. There is even a forum for readers of this book to discuss about it -because it will keep you thinking about it once you finish it and you will want to know more. At times bizarre but unstoppable there is something I can guarantee: you will start rereading it again straight after you finish the last pages.

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phantom076
Oct 15, 2018

This is a good book , moves fast has interesting characters reminds me a lot of the movie Secret Window with Johnny Depp .. A good spooky read

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Papadog
Sep 27, 2018

Not sure this did anything for me; not sure it needed to be written. I get the plot/story line. It seemed that it just wasn't written in the best way. I could see that it would make a great TV episode, or Netflix episode though. Plenty of critical acclaim...not really sure why.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Aug 14, 2018

This one will mess with your head. Very intriguing premise. I am looking forward to the upcoming mini series based on this book.

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spb7679
Jun 27, 2018

Like Ladydi8 and dcafk I have no idea what this was about. Is Jake the caretaker/brother, killer, narrator? Also, where do the parents come in - were they real or a figment of the narrator's imagination? If so, not worth the effort to try to unravel. Was there only one person in the car all along? I'm never perplexed by what I read but this time I'm completely in the dark.

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SherryNeufeld
Mar 28, 2018

Disquieting.

14Shylit Mar 13, 2018

This book is one of the better psychological thrillers I have read recently. I took it home and had it done before I had to go to work the next day. While I had a pretty clear idea of what was happening, I was still shocked at the end of the book. With any book, it wasn't perfect. There is always something that doesn't fit or seems unnecessary. However the ending makes some of those things forgivable.

I gave the book a four star rating because I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Plus, it has been a week since I read the book and I am still caught up in what happened. To me that is a sign of a great book.

samdog123 Sep 12, 2017

"You will be scared, but you won't know why?" Honestly, I still don't! Suspense that doesn't go anywhere at all in the story.

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mjohnson313
Aug 19, 2017

Well, at least it's a quick read.

Anyone who has spent any time with the genre, whether in novel or movie form, should pick up on the "twist" fairly early. After that, the whole exercise becomes a rote connect-the-dots, waiting for the end to finally happen.

There are so many points where you just want the narrator to make a smart decision, but of course, they and you (the reader) are locked on the rails of this by-the-numbers "thriller."

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ReadingAdviser_Sally Aug 14, 2018

Reality only happens once.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Aug 14, 2018

A memory is its own thing each time it is 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. They're both forms of stories, Stories are the way we learn. Stories are how we understand each other. But reality happens only once.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Aug 14, 2018

All memory is fiction.

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