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I'm not sure if this is a great piece of writing or not, but it is certainly a fascinating read with an ending that will just stop you in your tracks and haunt you for many days. There is a quote from a review from someone on the jacket that says something like as soon as you finish it, you will want to immediately re-read it to see how the writer accomplished what he did and never have truer words been said. I am simply lost as to how this could be filmed well, but Charlie Kaufman is currently giving it a try and if there is a person who could pull off turning this highly unusual and supremely original book into a film, it is him. I was reading a one sentence synopsis of the film and it brought an immediate big smile to my face as it is a lie. A perfect one.
great atmospheric novel. literature novel marketed as an airport novel. If you don't like your stories spoon fed, this is one for you.
Boring. I'm so happy I didn't buy it and that it was short, a couple hours.
If you're already a fan of the psychological thriller, you can probably skip this one. A little too predictable, a little too gimmicky, a little too derivative. The prose style is fantastic in places, though, and it IS short.
The twist in this short book becomes discernible about halfway, but it’s well told. The conversations in the car are believable and quite interesting, elevating the book to above average.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this book. Psychological thrillers are not usually my first choice but when I saw that this one had a philosophical aspect too I decided to read it. The novel is gripping, smart and the topic it investigates is fascinating. The main characters have interesting conversations from a philosophical and analytical point of view and I found myself enjoying what these were exploring. The author creates an atmosphere of tension and fear that is at times almost unbearable and he does this in such a clever way: by describing scenarios and situations where everything is ok except for something that is out of place. As we can read in the novel "something that disorients, that unsettles what's taken for granted, something that disturbs and disrupts reality-that's scary". Iain Reid has mastered this way of building deep suspense and the effects on the reader are so powerful. When I got to the end I was captivated by how clever the entire idea was. There is even a forum for readers of this book to discuss about it -because it will keep you thinking about it once you finish it and you will want to know more. At times bizarre but unstoppable there is something I can guarantee: you will start rereading it again straight after you finish the last pages.
This is a good book , moves fast has interesting characters reminds me a lot of the movie Secret Window with Johnny Depp .. A good spooky read
Not sure this did anything for me. I get the plot/story line. It seemed that it just wasn't written in the best way. I could see that it would make a great TV episode, or Netflix episode though. Plenty of critical acclaim...not really sure why.
This one will mess with your head. Very intriguing premise. I am looking forward to the upcoming mini series based on this book.
Like Ladydi8 and dcafk I have no idea what this was about. Is Jake the caretaker/brother, killer, narrator? Also, where do the parents come in - were they real or a figment of the narrator's imagination? If so, not worth the effort to try to unravel. Was there only one person in the car all along? I'm never perplexed by what I read but this time I'm completely in the dark.
This book is one of the better psychological thrillers I have read recently. I took it home and had it done before I had to go to work the next day. While I had a pretty clear idea of what was happening, I was still shocked at the end of the book. With any book, it wasn't perfect. There is always something that doesn't fit or seems unnecessary. However the ending makes some of those things forgivable.
I gave the book a four star rating because I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Plus, it has been a week since I read the book and I am still caught up in what happened. To me that is a sign of a great book.
"You will be scared, but you won't know why?" Honestly, I still don't! Suspense that doesn't go anywhere at all in the story.
Well, at least it's a quick read.
Anyone who has spent any time with the genre, whether in novel or movie form, should pick up on the "twist" fairly early. After that, the whole exercise becomes a rote connect-the-dots, waiting for the end to finally happen.
There are so many points where you just want the narrator to make a smart decision, but of course, they and you (the reader) are locked on the rails of this by-the-numbers "thriller."
I could not (and did not) put this book down once I started reading it. Reid's genius is not just in keeping the reader creeped out and uncomfortable on each page, but in making it so the book cannot be read the same after it's completed once. Highly recommend!
I loved this book! I read it in less than 24 hours. I had a hard time putting it down! I constantly wanted to know what would happen next. I enjoyed the twist ending!
Psychological, metaphysical and macabre tale about a "seemingly" insecure woman going to new boyfriend's family home to meet his parents. The title gives you an idea of what to expect: is she thinking of ending things with her boyfriend or ending her life? The story feels like there is always a feeling of dread of what's to come; introspection of what it really feels like to be lonely and; awareness that things including "life" are constantly being created and recreated. The ending has a fine twist that puts everything together and leaves you thinking of the choice the character made.
I picked this up based on a powell's review. This is essentially a book written by M. Night Shyamalan ie: cheap, twisty and ultimately disappointing. Its a quick read but a scarier thought than the premise of this book is that I once considered spending thirty dollars on it.
I'm seeing some mixed reviews but I really enjoyed this book. If you're looking for a page turner and a nail biter, this is for you. The ending may be a bit cliched, but it is still a great story, and the perfect length for a quick weekend or vacation read.
I honestly was enjoying the book in the beginning. The imagery was creepy and off putting and I was looking forward to where the story was going. As I neared the end, I started making predictions as to how the story will end and really hoping that my predictions were wrong. The author couldn't possibly be leading up to the most modern cliche in story telling, could he? The millennial version of "and I woke up and it was all a bad dream"? Sadly, yes. It was such a cop out that it made the whole story completely moot. It's not that it was confusing or cerebral, it's simply that it was stupid and easy. The saving grace was at least it was only a 200 page story. I only wasted a little bit of my life.
You're either going to love it until you get to the ending or because of the ending. I found the ending extremely confusing and I read some pretty odd ball novels that a lot of people find difficult to enjoy because of the style of writing/plot development.
The ending could have been handled a lot better and brought the reader more efficiently into the actual end story.
1.5 stars. This book was pretty basic and predictable. Think: "I Know What You Did Last Summer" meets "House of A Thousand Corpses" or "Wrong Turn" .. but in the least cool way possible. I ended up skipping over a decent amount of the 'filler' text because it just wasn't interesting.
omg that ending, i have to admit if i hadnt read the comments about this book not actually being about a girl wanting break up with her boyfriend i dont know if i would have read this but im glad i did!
I picked this book up because it was on the "New" display and the positive comments on the back made it sound promising. I stopped reading after 65 pages. It was getting too creepy for me. I thought "I'm thinking of ending things" meant someone wanted to kill themselves, then it appeared that it really meant the narrator wanted to end her relationship with the boyfriend whose parents she is going to meet. I really didn't like the narrator, I wasn't sure if she was supposed to be crazy or perhaps the boyfriend was (given the flashbacks/ flash forwards of some horrible thing that "he" had done), and I read it for a while after I was no longer interested in it to give in a chance, but I just had to stop reading because it is not a good kind of suspense, it was just creepy and made me feel weird and negative and I don't need that in my life. Based on other comments here, it doesn't sound like something I'd like anyhow