I'm Thinking of Ending Things

I'm Thinking of Ending Things

Book - 2016 | Simon & Schuster Canada edition.
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You will be scared. But you won't know why...

I'm thinking of ending things. Once this thought arrives, it stays. It's always there. Always.

Jake and I have a real connection, a rare and intense attachment. What has it been...a month? I'm very attracted to him. Even though he isn't striking, not really. I'm going to meet his parents for the first time, at the same time as 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.

I'm thinking of ending things.

Iain Reid explores the depths of the human psyche, questioning consciousness, free will, the value of relationships, fear, and the limitations of solitude. Reminiscent of Jos#65533; Saramago's early work, Michel Faber's cult classic Under the Skin , and Lionel Shriver's We Need to Talk About Kevin , this tense and atmospheric novel will haunt you long after the last page is turned.
Publisher: Toronto : Simon & Schuster Canada, 2016.
Edition: Simon & Schuster Canada edition.
ISBN: 9781501103445
Branch Call Number: FIC Reid
Characteristics: 210 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: I am thinking of ending things

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Creepy and gripping. You might not want to start it just before going to sleep...


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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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kels_m
Jul 19, 2017

I could not (and did not) put this book down once I started reading it. Reid's genius is not just in keeping the reader creeped out and uncomfortable on each page, but in making it so the book cannot be read the same after it's completed once. Highly recommend!

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SJM7323
Jun 09, 2017

I loved this book! I read it in less than 24 hours. I had a hard time putting it down! I constantly wanted to know what would happen next. I enjoyed the twist ending!

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wilqser
Apr 18, 2017

Psychological, metaphysical and macabre tale about a "seemingly" insecure woman going to new boyfriend's family home to meet his parents. The title gives you an idea of what to expect: is she thinking of ending things with her boyfriend or ending her life? The story feels like there is always a feeling of dread of what's to come; introspection of what it really feels like to be lonely and; awareness that things including "life" are constantly being created and recreated. The ending has a fine twist that puts everything together and leaves you thinking of the choice the character made.

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evanharrelson
Mar 08, 2017

I picked this up based on a powell's review. This is essentially a book written by M. Night Shyamalan ie: cheap, twisty and ultimately disappointing. Its a quick read but a scarier thought than the premise of this book is that I once considered spending thirty dollars on it.

I'm seeing some mixed reviews but I really enjoyed this book. If you're looking for a page turner and a nail biter, this is for you. The ending may be a bit cliched, but it is still a great story, and the perfect length for a quick weekend or vacation read.

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VernaceR
Jan 15, 2017

I honestly was enjoying the book in the beginning. The imagery was creepy and off putting and I was looking forward to where the story was going. As I neared the end, I started making predictions as to how the story will end and really hoping that my predictions were wrong. The author couldn't possibly be leading up to the most modern cliche in story telling, could he? The millennial version of "and I woke up and it was all a bad dream"? Sadly, yes. It was such a cop out that it made the whole story completely moot. It's not that it was confusing or cerebral, it's simply that it was stupid and easy. The saving grace was at least it was only a 200 page story. I only wasted a little bit of my life.

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Oct 19, 2016

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