I'm Thinking of Ending Things: A Novel (Paperback)

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There are only a few books that I've read straight through - none as voraciously as I'm Thinking of Ending Things. This novel follows a young couple traveling to his parents' house in the middle of the countryside, but the whole ride Jake's unnamed girlfriend is "thinking of ending things." Not knowing why, we are at the mercy of the girlfriend's thoughts as she ponders their relationship and why it's surely, inevitably doomed. Reaching the farmhouse is just the beginning, as we find out that Jake's parents might not be as normal and loving as he made them sound, and we learn the deep dark secret that our narrator is hiding.
The creeping dread I felt from reading it lasted weeks after I finished: Iain Reid paints a bleak landscape where everything that could go wrong does, but the prose is so beautiful that you can't look away. The quote on the back of the book says "You will be scared. But you won't know why" and nothing could be more true. If you liked Gone Girl or The Marsh King's Daughter but thought it could use a lighter sprinkling of sinister undertones, this book is perfect for you.

— From Zach

June 2016 Indie Next List

“With his debut novel, Reid sets an extremely high bar for all future psychological thrillers. The entire story takes place in little over 24 hours as Jake and his girlfriend travel to meet and have dinner with his parents. Narrated by the unnamed girlfriend, something unsettling surfaces early and builds with the passage of every page. Readers will become riveted, reading faster and faster as the 'unsettling' becomes frightening, and then terrifying. Recommended for all who enjoy a good mind-twisting scare!”
— Nancy Simpson-Brice, The Book Vault, Oskaloosa, IA


Now a Netflix original movie, this deeply scary and intensely unnerving novel follows a couple in the midst of a twisted unraveling of the darkest unease. 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 smart and intense literary suspense novel, 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 Jose Saramago’s early work, Michel Faber’s cult classic Under the Skin, and Lionel Shriver’s We Need to Talk about Kevin, your dread and unease will mount with every passing page” (Entertainment Weekly) of this edgy, haunting debut. Tense, gripping, and atmospheric, I’m Thinking of Ending Things pulls you in from the very first page…and never lets you go.

About the Author

Iain Reid is the author of two critically acclaimed, award-winning books of nonfiction. His internationally bestselling debut novel, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, has been published in more than twenty countries. Oscar-winner Charlie Kaufman is writing and directing a film based on the novel, which Reid will co-produce. His second novel, Foe, was an instant bestseller and feature film rights have been acquired by Anonymous Content, with Reid set to executive produce. Follow him on Twitter @Reid_Iain.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781982155841
ISBN-10: 1982155841
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
Publication Date: August 25th, 2020
Pages: 256
Language: English


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