I'm Thinking of Ending Things
Updated: Jul 13, 2021
Rating - ⭐⭐⭐1/2
"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.
A man and his girlfriend are on their way to a secluded farm. When the two take an unexpected detour, she is left stranded in a deserted high school, wondering if there is any escape at all. What follows is a twisted unraveling that will haunt you long after the last page is turned."
I'm Thinking of Ending Things is a standalone horror novel by Iain Reid.
This book was an absolute wild ride. I went through a myriad of emotions while reading this from enjoyment, to complete and utter confusion, to having my mind blown. Let's start from the beginning.
The first chapter got me right away because it was written so well, and the same sort of existential and philosophical topics are used throughout the book which makes for an interesting read. Reid does write atmosphere well while what is happening in the story may no be particularly exciting, you can feel the underlying tension.
Things start taking a weird turn when questionable decisions were made that made me sit there wondering what was going through the girlfriend's head. By the end of the book, I was still confused because I had no idea what I just read and had to actually look up an explanation for the ending.
Now, my 3-star rating is for how I felt about the book before I looked up the ending. Having then realized what was actually going on in the book, I will say that this is something that you definitely need to read again because you have an entirely new perspective now and it changes how you view the entire story.
So, I definitely need to read this again since I will find it way more enjoyable now that I won't be confused most of the time, and would recommend other people give it a go too.