I'm Thinking of Ending Things | Iain Reid | Book Review

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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