Book Review: I’m Thinking of Ending Things – Iain Reid

Have you ever read something so psychologically scarring and scary that you question the way you think? Well I officially have. I’m Thinking of Ending Things is one of those books that you want to read, but don’t. Then you feel the need to put it down but can’t.

You journey into a young woman’s mind and how she is thinking of ending things with her boyfriend Jake. Things quickly become confusing and horrifying as you flip through each page of this very short book. If you wanted to and had the time you could sit down and read this in one sitting, but it’ll feel like you went on an emotional roller coaster similar to a long book.

This book has a lot of odd nonsense and strange philosophical banter that fills up several pages, and depending on your personal opinion either enhances the story or causes it to be boring. I found it quite boring in some parts and exciting in the other. Don’t get me wrong a lot of the banter was relevant to the plot. but it was unrealistic banter, stuff you’d never hear people talk about in real life. Often times the dialogue and monologue runs around in circles, here’s an example, “I’m starting to feel anxious. Not really. A bit.” I understand that Reid is trying to make it add to the confusing plot, but quite frankly it’s not working for me.

I wish this book had more creepy factor towards the end, it ends kind of abrupt. But it does make you feel, in a way, that things are normal, but things progress and slowly get worse and less believable, and more frightening.

I really enjoyed some of the thoughts/take aways from this book, this quote really spoke to me, “Sometimes a thought is closer to truth, to reality, than an action.”

In the end you’re kind of left to your own devices, and I think to fully understand you’d have to re-read.

This book is definitely for adults and reads a lot like other psychological thrillers.

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3/5 on my official rating because it has an intriguing plot and great suspense, but it has a lot of unnecessary filler!

 

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