Iain Reid’s ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ Is Seriously Creepy [REVIEW]

Farmhouse in winter

In Iain Reid’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things, a ramshackle farmhouse in the middle of nowhere may be the creepiest home since Norman Bates took up residence at the top of the hill in Psycho. (Photo by Teresa Alexander-Arab, Flickr)

Have you ever read a book that was brilliantly written, and yet so shocking in its denouement, it left you feeling so ponderous you simply had to talk about it with friends to make sense of it all? Iain Reid’s debut novel, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, is one such book.


Scout Press

The novel starts with a man and his girlfriend driving to the country across a frosty landscape to the family farm where she will meet his parents for the very first time. Anyone who has ever been in a relationship knows this is already a stressful situation. But this book isn’t about turning anxiety into humorous moments straight out of your favorite romantic comedy. No, here everything that transpires on this trip seems paradoxical and queer, as if Rod Serling or Alfred Hitchcock planned out the whole adventure with the grand scheme of pulling the rug out from under our feet.

From the moment I read the very first page, I felt as though I had fallen down the rabbit hole.  We feel the tension building as the couple chats in the car about seemingly benign topics, but be wary, because they carry much more weight than you realize at first glance. A relentless snowfall, neglected livestock and a home that makes Norman Bates’s house seem normal are only a few of the prescient literary devices Reid skillfully uses to lead us willingly down the garden path, despite the innate terror rising in our gut.

Readers will be unable to resist turning pages, continuing toward an ending so brilliantly executed and unexpected that many will feel the need to read it twice, just to figure out how they didn’t see the ending coming. If you’re looking for a literary thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end, pick up Iain Reid’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things. 

Want to find out what others thought about the book? Be sure to check out the novel’s forum at AfterThingsEnd.com.

Iain Reid

Iain Reid
(Photo by Lucas Tingle)


Iain Reid is the author of two critically acclaimed, award-winning books of nonfiction, One Bird’s Choice and The Truth About Luck, which was one of Globe and Mail’s best books of 2013.

Reid’s work has appeared in a variety of publications throughout North America, including the New Yorker, the Globe and Mail, and the National Post.

In 2015, he received the RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award. I’m Thinking of Ending Things is his first novel.

By Iain Reid
224 pgs. Scout Press. $22.95.

About Jathan Fink
Jathan is a journalist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He is also a travel junkie, foodie and jazz aficionado. A California native, he resides in Texas.

3 Responses to Iain Reid’s ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ Is Seriously Creepy [REVIEW]

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  3. Jathan Fink says:

    Reblogged this on Jadeworks Entertainment and commented:

    Our book reviewers love discovering new authors, and Iain Reid is no exception. His debut novel, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, is literate, addictive, and thoroughly terrifying. Check it out today and find out why this is one thriller you’ll want to read twice!

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