I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
Published: June 2016
I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid is a psychological horror/thriller.
The story is told by a young woman on a trip with Jake, her boyfriend of about 6 or 7 weeks. They are going to meet his parents, who own a farm in a remote area, about two hours away. During the trip, her thoughts are what we focus on. She is thinking of ending things with Jake, but she’s not sure yet. The visit, when they finally reach their destination, is strange. By the end of the visit, you think that perhaps Jake, his family, and his girlfriend all belong in a mental institution. The return trip is even stranger.
In the middle of this woman’s internal dialog/thoughts, another story is being told. Two people are talking about a disturbing death.
Well, that was a rather strange journey. My first thought was that the title foreshadowed suicide, until I realized that the girl on the trip with Jake was thinking of breaking up with him. Then that suicide thing popped into my head again.
I’m finding myself at a loss for words without giving up the whole plot. That seldom happens with me. At this moment, I don’t even know whether I liked the book or not.
The characters are not very likable, the plot is creepy/unsettling/intense, but the writing…oh the writing is really good! Everything you think you know at the beginning turns around and bites you. I think that’s what makes the book so good…and the writing. Okay, I guess I liked it….Well, it’s definitely thought-provoking.
It grabs you from the first sentence…and holds you. It’s also a very fast read, not so much because of its length, but because it was really hard to put down.
It is reminiscent of Lionel Shriver’s We Need to Talk about Kevin, and I’m still not sure how I felt about that one!
I may have to read this again.
Read: June 2018
Favorite Quotes from I’m Thinking of Ending Things:
“I’m thinking of ending things.
Once this thought arrives, it stays. It sticks. It lingers. It dominates. There’s not much I can do about it. Trust me. It doesn’t go away. It’s there whether I like it or not. It’s there when I eat. When I go to bed. It’s there when I sleep. It’s there when I wake up. It’s always there. Always.” (one of the greatest beginnings to a book….ever)
“You can’t fake a thought.”
“But reality happens only once.”
About the Author: Iain Reid is a Canadian author, and 2015 recipient of the RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award. He graduated from Queen’s where he studied History, English lit, and philosophy. He currently resides in Kingston, Ontario