Recently, I read a book that has been on my mind a lot lately.
“I’m Thinking of Ending Things” by Iain Reid has me struggling for words to describe it. I can only give a basic review because I don’t want to spoil the book for somebody else.
My decision to read this book started when I saw it and read the first few pages in Barnes and Noble. I almost brought the book right then.
The book begins with a man named Jake and his girlfriend (who narrates the book) driving on a dark night to meet his parents at their secluded farm. But something isn’t quite right because the girlfriend begins her narration with she is “thinking of ending things.”
Reading this book was kind of like watching an episode of “Criminal Minds” but you can’t talk about it with your friend because she has it on her DVR and doesn’t plan to watch until the weekend.
In the “Entertainment Weekly” review for it, the reviewer said “your dread and unease will mount with every passing page.”
For me, it did. It started with the narrator getting calls from “the Caller”. This person would call her phone constantly and leave the same message. And her call id showed the calls were coming from her home. This caused the hairs to stand up on the back of my neck.
By the time I finished the book, I could only sat there wondering what I had just read.
Brian Francis, author of “Fruit and Natural Order”, said it was “smart, dangerous and spooky as hell. Iain Reid takes you on a harrowing road trip that keeps you riveted until the final destination.”
I finished the book and started reading it again to help me fully understand it. It’s been awhile since I read something so oddly terrifying. I guess terrifying in a way it could happen. It was a great book and I truly suggestion you read it.
And if you are confused after reading it, visit afterthingsend.com for answers.
1. A good cup of coffee on a long day.
2. Finding out the day will not be as long as you thought.
3. Homemade cd mixes make the commute home fun!