Posted in 2021, Contemporary Fiction, First Read, Iain Reid, library book, Novella, Top Books

I’m Thinking of Ending Things by @reid_iain

Jake and his girlfriend are on a drive to visit his parents at their remote farm. After dinner at the family home, things begin to get worryingly strange. And when he leaves her stranded in a snowstorm at an abandoned high school later that night, what follows is a chilling exploration of psychological frailty and the limitations of reality.

Iain Reid’s intense, suspenseful debut novel will have readers’ nerves jangling. A series of tiny clues sprinkled through the relentlessly paced narrative culminate in a haunting twist on the final page.

Reminiscent of Michael Faber’s Under the Skin, Stephen King’s Misery and the novels of José Saramago, I’m Thinking of Ending Things is an astonishing and highly original literary thriller that grabs you from the start—and never lets go.


I’m thinking of ending things.



(@text_publishing, 27 June 2016, ebook, 205 pages, borrowed from @GlasgowLib via @BorrowBox)




I enjoyed the movie, I thought it was weird in a good way but I wanted to read the book. In my experience the book trumps the movie every time. The movie is very close to the book but I enjoyed this far better. It’s a very short book more like a novella but so much happens I felt I was reading something far longer. I thought the title referred to suicidal thoughts when I saw the movie but reading the book made me realise what it actually meant. A slow burning menace runs all the way through this book and you know something awful lies just around the corner. This is a mesmerising book.


I live in Glasgow in the UK with my partner. I work in the Financial Services. I like reading especially Joyce Carol Oates and Stephen King. I write fiction and poetry. I enjoy watching TV (Grimm, Torchwood, Doctor Who, Lip Service, The L Word etc). I like to play video games and am a fan of survival horror especially the Silent Hill franchise. I like to watch movies especially horror and anything where someone dies.

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