I’m Thinking Of Ending Things by Iain Reid (5 Out of 5)
Wendy from Simon & Schuster sends these great emails every month with titles that they are super excited about. This book was one of those titles. There was a comparison to Girl On The Train, which grabbed my attention enough to guarantee I would beg Wendy for a copy. This is a small book clocking in under 300 pages. The narrative runs quick and there are no stop gaps as far as the story letting up in its quiet intensity. It is a book that I finished a few weeks ago but knocked my head against the wall on how to sell it to my customers and blog readers, because it is such an astonishing little story that it should, rightfully, kick up many accolades for Mr. Reid. And that ending? Holy crap. This book is out June 14, 2016, so you have a week to figure out getting a copy. I strongly urge you to do so.
Jake and his new girlfriend (she is referred to as “The Girlfriend” throughout the book. No actual name is ever given) are on their way to bumfuck, Egypt..or rather, a secluded farmhouse, to meet his parents. The relationship is fairly new, and The Girlfriend is having some serious doubts. Driving out with your significant other and having thoughts like the ones she is having, to meet his parents? Uh, it doesn’t take an episode of Maury to see this is headed into dark waters. Things get very sinister rather quickly when Jake takes a detour-during a ferocious winter storm-and leaves his girlfriend on her own. Out in the dark countryside. With no idea where to go or how to get to safety. During Mother Nature’s latest tantrum. It basically turns into a wild, creepy ride very fast. I can’t really compare it to Girl On A Train because it’s a quicker spin on the Tilt-A-Whirl. I would probably put it more Hitchcockian than anything else. And that’s the true beauty of it. Don’t pass this one up!