I'm Thinking of Ending Things

I'm Thinking of Ending Things

Book - 2016
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The narrator of the story is a nameless young woman who is in a newish relationship with Jake, but she has some doubts about where it’s going and is thinking about ending things. Their relationship is based on a shared communication style, which moves to the physical, but it is their philosophical conversations that truly move the relationship along. Jake invites the narrator to go home to meet his parents and see the farm where he grew up in a remote village. The family dinner is odd, but the ride back home even more so, with detours to a Dairy Queen staffed by giggling girls and to a dark, deserted high school.
Publisher: New York : Scout Press, 2016
Edition: First Scout Press hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501126925
Branch Call Number: FIC Reid
Characteristics: 210 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: I am thinking of ending things


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Apr 26, 2019

I'm not sure if this is a great piece of writing or not, but it is certainly a fascinating read with an ending that will just stop you in your tracks and haunt you for many days. There is a quote from a review from someone on the jacket that says something like as soon as you finish it, you will want to immediately re-read it to see how the writer accomplished what he did and never have truer words been said. I am simply lost as to how this could be filmed well, but Charlie Kaufman is currently giving it a try and if there is a person who could pull off turning this highly unusual and supremely original book into a film, it is him. I was reading a one sentence synopsis of the film and it brought an immediate big smile to my face as it is a lie. A perfect one.

Feb 12, 2019

great atmospheric novel. literature novel marketed as an airport novel. If you don't like your stories spoon fed, this is one for you.

Jan 28, 2019

Boring. I'm so happy I didn't buy it and that it was short, a couple hours.

Jan 16, 2019

If you're already a fan of the psychological thriller, you can probably skip this one. A little too predictable, a little too gimmicky, a little too derivative. The prose style is fantastic in places, though, and it IS short.

Jan 10, 2019

Dark, creepy, and oh so twisted. A very intense thriller.

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.

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.

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

Sep 27, 2018

Not sure this did anything for me. 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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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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