I’m Thinking of Ending Things is, to my knowledge, the first novel Iain Reid has written. Considering the slow-building, expertly-employed suspense, one would think this was a far more experienced writer.
The story follows an unnamed woman who is visiting her boyfriend Jake’s family farm for the first time. It follows the drive out into the country and meeting his parents. The entire time, the main character repeats the thought “I’m Thinking of Ending Things”, as she plans to break up with Jake shortly after.
This was my most recent read, something that had been on my to-read list for quite some time, and I found it generally enjoyable. Majority of the book is quite a slow-burn, full of interesting inner dialogue from the main character. The ending, which I will not divulge here, is thought-provoking and, despite being somewhat clunky, it touches on some very relevant themes.
If you like suspense, I would recommend it. It certainly kept me on the edge of my seat, building on small discrepancies and oddities within the story to leave the reader with an unsettling feeling of unease.
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