Book 52: I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid

A confronting title for an unsettling but gripping debut novel from Canadian Iain Reid.

A young woman is driving down a country road one winter’s night with her boyfriend. She’s going to meet his parents for the first time but she has a secret: the relationship’s not working and she’s thinking of ending things.

A drama then? A tale of promising young love gone wrong? Not even close. The omens are everywhere: something is terribly amiss here and one way or another this night is going to end in violence.

This is a tight, suspenseful psychological horror that builds assuredly towards a shocking ending – equal parts Shirley Jackson, Chuck Palanhuik and 80s slasher movie – that I for one didn’t see coming.

To say more about the plot would be to do a disservice to any reader that follow me. The novel layers mystery upon strange mystery so relentlessly that about two thirds of the way through I couldn’t help but exclaim to myself “What the hell is going on in this book!?” – but it sticks the landing with a satisfying pay-off.

Next: the new frontier.

Author: adamgartrell

Political journalist drowning in books

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