I'm Thinking of Ending ThingsBook - 2020 | Scout Press trade paperback edition.
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.
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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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"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)
"...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)
"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)
“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.....”
Reality only happens once.
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.
All memory is fiction.
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