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Publisher's Summary

Soon to be a Netflix film directed by Charlie Kaufman

Jake and his girlfriend are on a drive to visit his parents at their remote farm. After dinner at the family home, things begin to get worryingly strange. And when he leaves her stranded in a snowstorm at an abandoned high school later that night, what follows is a chilling exploration of psychological frailty and the limitations of reality. 

Iain Reid's intense, suspenseful debut novel will have listeners' nerves jangling. A series of tiny clues sprinkled through the relentlessly paced narrative culminate in a haunting twist. Reminiscent of Michael Faber's Under the Skin, Stephen King's Misery and the novels of José Saramago, I'm Thinking of Ending Things is an astonishing and highly original literary thriller that grabs you from the start - and never lets go.

©2016 Iain Reid (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

Critic Reviews

"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 does. Reid's novel is a road trip to the heart of creepyness." (Sjon)  

"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)  

"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)

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Incredible!

Not going too much into the storyline itself for fear of revealing spoilers, but this book is incredible for so many reasons! The performance from Candace Thaxton was very good too. It was very rare that I would have to think about who was speaking. Granted, this is not a book one can idly listen to while doing other things. I had to focus on what was being said and what was being happening to understand the climax of the book, but the payoff was well worth the effort. Definitely recommend!

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I’m still not entirely sure I know what happened even after the end, a bit too philosophical for my taste.

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Disappointing

The performance was great, I was hooked right up until the end but was let down by yet another story using mental illness as a plot device and in doing so, leaning into incredibly harmful stereotypes. The ending was so disappointing and frankly I’m tired of seeing films and reading books use lazy writing and label it a psychological masterpiece.

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Chilling

The beginning of the book is seemingly normal, but eventually makes the reader unsettled as the story progresses. Big twist at the end, highly recommend.

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Disappointing

Had high hopes for this story as it was recommended and meant to be a really good horror book, but was confusing, the suspense didn't really lead to anything and there are so many unanswered questions.
This is just my opinion though, you may love this book

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Just watch the movie

I never say that, but seriously, almost everything interesting about the movie was Charlie Kaufmans idea. I feel like I've wasted six hours. At least its got pretty good dialogue in it.

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  • 18-01-2021

One sitting

This was an interesting story. I heard it’s written to be consumed in one sitting, so that’s what I did. The ending is ambiguous and the story as a whole is a little strange, but it’s still enjoyable.

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no good. makes no sense and nothing happens. reveal at the end is not worth it.

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awful.

do not waste your time or money. so disappointed.
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confusing

it had an interesting lead up to a very confusing end. it will take another listen or read to make sense. But I don't think i will.

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  • 25-08-2020

Thrilling

I love the ending, it’s definitely one that will leave you thinking a lot ! I can’t wait to watch the movie once it’s out.

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  • 11-03-2021

brilliant!!

it was absolute well written. I enjoyed every minute of it , love it

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  • 10-01-2021

Weird af

Interesting story. Didn’t get it the first time. Don’t think I’ll ever get it but will read as many times as possible.

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  • Walter Medenbach
  • 14-11-2020

Excptional

This is an example of a book that is best listened to rather than read. Looking back, seeing the film first only heightened the ending when listening to the book. I need to see the film again, did I miss something.

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  • 23-10-2020

I was both bored and intrigued

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To be honest I have no clue what actually just happened, I'm very confused. At the end it felt as if I'd just watched the movie Identity, with the guy who tells a story, but all the characters were parts of his personality and it was all in his head. Is that what happened here? I found it intriguing but it was also pretty boring for the most part. I'm glad i read it, but I doubt I will still be thinking about it by tomorrow.

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  • Harry Stone
  • 24-08-2020

Like a very long Black Mirror episode

Outstanding narration, gripping storytelling. This audiobook is in essence a 5 hour Black Mirror episode.

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  • H E Perkins
  • 07-03-2022

Really makes you think

Just couldn't stop listening to this! Really well done and makes you think so much!

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  • Conor Heff
  • 06-11-2021

A bad philosophy book disguised as a novel

I feel robbed of 5hrs of my life. why did I finish you ask? thought it would go somewhere. may as well have ended with "and then I woke up". much to think about

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  • Gabi O.
  • 19-10-2020

Great story - probably better in paper form

Loved this story and listened to the whole thing over a few days. However, I think this might be one of those books which is better in paper form. I have subsequently bought the book and especially towards the end, there were certain aspects, like italicised writing and repeated phrases, which have a greater visual impact. Still thoroughly enjoyed.

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  • sinead cuthbert
  • 16-09-2020

An enveloping sense of unease and wonder

Powerful story, compelling journey. Watched the movie, and both book and film are captivating in their own separate ways. The tension towards the end really crept up on me. A wonderful sense of unease. Enjoyed this immensely.

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  • I ain't givin' you no name
  • 06-08-2020

atmospheric and creepy but ultimately fizzles out

An intriguing narrative draws you in and gives genuine creeps without it being clear why. ultimately though the story falls into the trappings of a lot of 'twist' narratives where most of the narrative feels redundant once you know then ending.

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  • Olly
  • 16-05-2020

I'm Thinking of The Ending... A Lot!

I'll be honest, this book was probably a 2, maybe 3-star at best, before the final third. This is definitely one of those that hinges on the ending whether someone will like the book or not. For me, it makes everything I read up to that point make sense and has had me replaying the events of story over in my head ever since. It completely floored me. Which isn’t something I thought about 4 hours into this 5-and-a-half hours audiobook as, while I was never bored, I was oftentimes thinking where the seemingly meandering plot was heading. I’m glad I knew nothing about the plot when starting the read as I felt it was incredibly rewarding to discover the story as it was being told, regardless of how frustrating some of the elements were.

Would highly recommend for fans of horror, and as said before, try going into this one cold.

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  • Sara Lois Jones
  • 01-08-2022

Slow and tedius

Would not recommend. Nothing happens👎🏻 Made it to Chapter 20 and gave up! Nothing exciting happens that makes you want to listen on!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-02-2022

Fuck..!

Harrowing, suspenseful, full of heart. Pure love went into this story and it isn't one you think of on the bus home from work.
It drew from real, human places and weaved in a deeply upsetting story without making the entire experience... deeply upsetting!

Highly recommend! I don't think I'll be forgetting this story anytime soon and I hope it's with me for a good while, of which I have no dought it will be.

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