PRaise For I’m Thinking of Ending Things

“Reid's tightly crafted tale toys with the nature of identity and comes by its terror honestly, building a wall of intricately layered psychological torment so impenetrable it's impossible to escape.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Nonfiction author Reid (The Truth About Luck) fuses suspense with philosophy, psychology, and horror in his unsettling first novel set in an unspecified locale. Capped with an ending that will shock and chill, this twisty tale invites multiple readings.”

Publishers Weekly

"These characters are carefully developed and the plot takes some frightening turns, leading to a shocking ending. The construct of this book is brilliant and unusual and should appeal to fans of psychological thrillers, as well as to some horror fans. A dark and compelling debut novel, it is a most uncomfortable read but utterly unputdownable."

Booklist

"In of one of the most anticipated literary thrillers of the season, first novelist Iain Reid uses the unreliable narrator to build momentum and ratchet up the unnerving suspense."

Library Journal

“Smart, dangerous, and spooky as hell. Iain Reid takes you on a harrowing road trip that keeps you riveted until the final destination.”

—Brian Francis, author of Fruit and Natural Order

“An addictive metaphysical investigation into the nature of identity, one which seduces and horrifies in equal measure. Reid masterfully explores the perversity of loneliness and somehow also creates a very entertaining thriller. I found myself yelling at the characters to put their feet on the pedal and drive.”

—Heather O'Neill, author of Lullabies for Little Criminals and Daydreams of Angels

I’m Thinking of Ending Things is an utterly compelling modern Gothic that stakes its claim in the inner precincts of horror. Reid builds tension the way Edgar Allen Poe builds brick walls in his basement.”

—Wayne Grady, author of Emancipation Day

“Here are some near-certainties about I’m Thinking of Ending Things. Number One: You’re going to read it fast. Over the course of an afternoon or an evening. The momentum is unstoppable—once you start, you won’t be able to stop. And Two: once you race to the end and understand the significance of those final pages, you won’t be able to stop thinking about it. This novel will find a spot in your heart and head and it will live there—for days, weeks, months, or (in my case) the rest of your life. Yes. It really is that good.”

—Nick Cutter, author of The Troop and The Deep

“In a novel this engaging, bizarre, and twisted, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that its ending is even stranger than the narrative route that takes us there…but it is. Reid’s novel is a road trip to the heart of creepiness.”

—Sjón, author of The Blue Fox, From the Mouth of the Whale, and The Whispering Muse

I’m Thinking of Ending Things is one of the best debut novels I’ve ever read. Iain Reid has crafted a tight, ferocious little book, with a persistent tenor of suspense that tightens and mounts toward its visionary, harrowing final pages.”

—Scott Heim, author of Mysterious Skin and We Disappear

“This is the boldest and most original literary thriller to appear in some time.”

 —Chicago Tribune

“Iain Reid has written a creepy but enthralling new novel… It’s a psychological thriller that keeps readers guessing.”

—NPR

 

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