I'm Thinking of Ending Things

I'm Thinking of Ending Things

Book - 2020 | Scout Press trade paperback edition.
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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.
Publisher: New York : Scout Press, 2020.
Edition: Scout Press trade paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781982155841
Characteristics: 210 pages, 36 unnumbered pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: I am thinking of ending things


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AndreaG_KCMO Feb 24, 2021

It was certainly a thriller--kept me glued to the page for an entire afternoon. And then...I simply could not sort out a viable explanation for the plot twist. I was attentive to the shift in language the moment it occurred, I noted the frame story suggestion to double back and read the narrative... Read More »

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Apr 16, 2021

I can't even talk about this book without giving some aspect of it away. You just have to read it to understand it. And love it.

Apr 13, 2021

I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid is a psychological thriller narrated by a young woman having many doubts about her relationship, but nonetheless, going to meet her boyfriend Jake’s parents. Throughout the course of the novel, we are able to learn more about the woman, Jake himself, and what happens on and after their lengthy road trip. Something I really liked about this book was how up for interpretation it was. The entire story is full of ambiguity, allowing the reader to think about what is occurring, why, how, etc., while still following the interesting and captivating plot. Personally, what makes a good book (to me) is one that makes you think, and Reid’s novel does exactly that. My only criticism of I’m Thinking of Ending Things is that the ambiguity of the novel may make it a more challenging read. It is truly a very interesting novel, yet without watching the film first, it may be difficult to understand what is going on. Personally, had I not watched the film before, it could have been very challenging to fully realize what was happening as I was reading. Overall, I would still rate the book a 4/5 stars! It is a great read and a challenge all in one.
@readingmouse of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Mar 17, 2021


AndreaG_KCMO Feb 24, 2021

It was certainly a thriller--kept me glued to the page for an entire afternoon. And then...I simply could not sort out a viable explanation for the plot twist. I was attentive to the shift in language the moment it occurred, I noted the frame story suggestion to double back and read the narrative from a different perspective, but I was one of the (many, it seems) disappointed readers who needed clarification from outside sources.

This book was a TRIP. There were definitely a few parts in the book that thoroughly creeped me out, and other other parts I found a bit slow and annoying to read. However upon reaching the end, I finally understood the direction of the narration and had that "Ah..I see" moment.
It was a pretty fun read, I would recommend this to someone looking for a phycological horror read.
I watched the movie right after reading, and though it was okay. SUPER TRIPPY. But not bad.

Dec 31, 2020

Strange little book that was made all the more stranger by Charlie Kaufman's film adaptation.

SPL_Liz Nov 26, 2020

The creep factor in this book was really good. I enjoyed the types of conversations the characters had. They were intriguing and played with concepts of reality, intelligence, connection with other people, and other big questions. The whole book I felt like everything was just a little off-kilter, like I was standing on a slanted floor. That unnerving feeling intensified throughout the book. I really enjoyed the first 2/3 of the novel which was all build-up towards some, I assumed fantastically plotted, unexpected ending. I was, however, ultimately disappointed. I'm looking forward to watching the film to see what they did with it.

Nov 21, 2020

Are you kidding me? Who actually liked this book? The whole time reading this book all I could think about was when is this book going to get good. I feel like I need my whole day back from reading this. The story was a bore for me, the characters even more boring. I thought this book was going to be good because I read about it being turned into a movie on Netflix and saw how popular it was. I figured out the book from the very beginning, there wasn't much creativity into it. Its not so much the book is hard to follow, but just boring to follow. After all the hype I read about I really thought I would enjoy this book, but did not. It was a horrible book and I really expected better. From start to finish this book was just the worst.

Nov 16, 2020

I watched the movie on Netflix. I thought it was excellent, but the ending was a bit fuzzy so I read the book. This is usually not the right order. The movie didn't 'spoil' the book; it helped me to understand it.

Nov 09, 2020

Introduced by a friend who watched the movie.
Many, many things will not add up, but it all makes sense in the end.
First third flowed as conversation/stream of consciousness, and the creep factor grew exponentially upon arriving.
I absolutely HATED both main characters (for a good part of it). Her indecisiveness, and his super-intellectual rudeness.
SO many questions, not enough answers.
I was right and wrong and right about the title.

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Nov 08, 2020

"Maybe I will eventually fall in love and lose any fears I have. May it will be better. Maybe that's possible. Maybe that's how it works with time and effort. But if you can't tell the other person what you're thinking, what does that mean?" (173, large print)

Nov 06, 2020

"...kissing involves two people. You can't be a singular person and be the best kisser. It's an action that requires two." (61, large print)

Nov 06, 2020

"Questions are good. They're better than answers. If you want to know more about life, how we work, how we progress, it's questions that are important. That's what pushes and stretches out intellect. I think questions make us feel less lonely and more connected." (48, large print)

Aug 18, 2020

“We’re mad at these limits and needs. Human limits and fragility. You can’t be only alone. Everything’s both ethereal and clunky. So much to depend on, and so much to fear. So many requirements.....”

ReadingAdviser_Sally Aug 14, 2018

Reality only happens once.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Aug 14, 2018

A memory is its own thing each time it is recalled. It's not absolute. Stories based on actual events often share more with fiction than fact. Both fictions and memories are recalled and retold. They're both forms of stories, Stories are the way we learn. Stories are how we understand each other. But reality happens only once.

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All memory is fiction.


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