Book Review: Foe

Iain Reid

Foe was published in Canada on August 7th, 2018 by Simon & Schuster, and will be available in the US on September 4th, 2018 (Gallery/Scout Press). Although NetGalley provided me with an e-book copy, all thoughts are my own.


A taut, philosophical mind-bender from the bestselling author of I’m Thinking of Ending Things.

We don’t get visitors. Not out here. We never have.

In Iain Reid’s second haunting, philosophical puzzle of a novel, set in the near-future, Junior and Henrietta live a comfortable, solitary life on their farm, far from the city lights, but in close quarters with each other. One day, a stranger from the city arrives with alarming news: Junior has been randomly selected to travel far away from the farm…very far away. The most unusual part? Arrangements have already been made so that when he leaves, Henrietta won’t have a chance to miss him, because she won’t be left alone—not even for a moment. Henrietta will have company. Familiar company.

Told in Reid’s sharp and evocative style, Foe examines the nature of domestic relationships, self-determination, and what it means to be (or not to be) a person. An eerily entrancing page-turner, it churns with unease and suspense from the first words to its shocking finale.

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2017 Reading Challenge: I’m Thinking of Ending Things

While thrillers, horror stories and “scary books” have never been my first choices when selecting a new book off the shelf of a bookstore or the library, I’ve surprised myself in the last few months by choosing to read a number of novels that fall within the thriller (horror?) genres. The Fireman by Joe Hill, Nothing Gold Can Stay by Ron Rash, and Amanda Coe’s What They Do In The Dark are three books I’ve read recently that have slight or major frightful elements, and while they all gave me different degrees of nightmares, I enjoyed them immensely. The first blurb on the inner flap of the book jacket that is used to describe Iain Reid’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things is: “You will be scared. But you won’t know why…” So naturally, I started reading with a sense of dread which never diminished throughout the novel. Again, I challenged my previously held belief that thrillers or horror novels are not for me, because I will be thinking about this novel and recommending it until the end of time.

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