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Publisher's Summary

In this deeply scary and intensely unnerving debut novel, Jake and a woman known only as "The Girlfriend" are on a drive to visit his parents at their secluded farm. But when Jake leaves "The Girlfriend" stranded at an abandoned high school, what follows is a twisted unraveling of the darkest unease, an exploration into psychological frailty, and an ending as suspenseful as The Usual Suspects and as haunting as Misery.

Deeply scary and intensely unnerving, Iain Reid's debut novel is a tightening spiral of a story about a woman's uncertainty of her relationship with her boyfriend, Jake. After an uncomfortable and confusing trip to meet Jake's parents at their isolated farmhouse, reality unravels, and events spin out of control when Jake and "The Girlfriend" make an unscheduled stop at an abandoned high school.

Part murder mystery, part psychological thriller, I'm Thinking of Ending Things is about doubt, psychological fragility, and the lengths we'll go to avoid the truth. As twisted as Shutter Island, as suspenseful as Under the Skin, and as atmospheric as The Sisters Brothers, Reid's breakout literary thriller is sure to keep listeners guessing until the last minute.

©2016 Iain Reid (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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Better book to read than to listen to

A little on the flimsy side for my liking, as a psychological thriller. I could not connect the actions of the plot to the character flaws and the later chapters were jumbled in inconsistencies. Likely a better book to read than to listen to.

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Entertaining and creepily interesting

Many may think the book is hard to follow, but honestly, I feel appreciative of how the story was told. I watched the movie adaptation first, and was drawn to knowing what the book was like. The mundane relationship quirks really played into the twistedness of the end story. The narrators gave a fantastic delivery . It’s a book that should be experienced.

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What just happened

If found the book to be slow with out really know where it was going an left me wondering what just happened at the end. It’s not a bad book just not a great one

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I am here because Charlie Kaufman

Sometimes I got it. Sometimes it felt like an amateur short story. I can see the metaphysical aspect that would have spoken to Kaufman, but otherwise, it was just the cliche Fight Club, Adaptation twist: They're all the same people! -- taken a step further. It's a short listen, only 7 hours, and well performed, and it's fun to contrast it with the movie, but otherwise ... I thought to myself, a few times, these aren't the times to be indulging mental illness as a plot device, in USA. I thought to myself, Kaufman needs to travel and explore what Asian storytellers, traditional and contemporary, are doing! Thanks.

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Taut. Knows what it is. Good narration. Brilliant.

Absolutely loved the book - both the story and the performance. I appreciate a book that knows what it is going for and does it efficiently. And this book is one of those. The author COULD HAVE EASILY OVERREACHED and tried to explore the philosophical threads a lot more. But I am glad he didn’t. He knows what he has set out to do i.e. tell a COMPELLING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER and he delivers. The duration of the book is perfect. Its taut and does not meander. It is short enough to finish in a couple of sittings, which is ideal. There are many small details which could have been missed otherwise. GREAT NARRATION: This is not a book that can be easily translated from pages to audio but the narrator does a Great job.

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good creep tone

there seem to be a problem with the audio version of the book around chapter 22. suddenly there was a fragment of what I think is content that should be in the final chapter. it made the story more confusing than it needed to be, and kind of ruined the effect of the other shoe dropping.

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Atmospheric and Bleak

Not entirely original in concept or plot, but excellently written. Tense, emotional, relatable and frightening.

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Don't Bother With This One

Dreadful...contrived and jejune. I know that this is Reid's first effort, but his publisher should have passed on this manuscript. This work essentially parades Reid's confidence in his background in philosophy; with lot's of pseudo-philosophical babble between the narrator and 'Jake', but nothing that advances the story line. There are a few suspenseful moments, and Candace Thaxton does a heroic job of bringing this 'thing' to life, but the ending-particularly- is a complete dud. Reid does a great job of fleshing out the narrator's lovely character, and-tendentiously by the author- she comes across as far more likable than Jake. I wanted to give this author a chance, so I downloaded his second book entitled 'Foe', but it is only, marginally, better. Let's hope that the author doesn't bash out a third novel to capitalize on his serendipitous notoriety. Don't waste your money on this goop.

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Creeptastic

Wow! This was intense. I was on edge the whole entire time. It felt like an A24 production, like the movie Hereditary. The performance is super well done and there is a great twist near the end... I recommend this book, I finished this within a day and am still vibrating from the experience! Creepy, atmospheric, and smart.

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Minor spoilers ahead , nothing specific though

This is definitely a creepy and unsettling book, but *minor spoilers ahead* I figured out the plot pretty quickly. And the last two chapters drug and were unnecessarily IMO. I was a little annoyed at the ending because I personally found it predictable, but it was a creepy, short listen which was what I was looking for.

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  • S. S. Reiter
  • 2016-06-29

Strange book with an odd time-line.

I felt like I was missing something throughout the entire book. it definitely had a twist but was confusing and I'm still not sure of what was actually going on. I think it doesn't lend itself well to the audio format.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 2016-06-15

What a ride! This is a must read!

You will read the summary and think you have an idea what this book will be like. YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO GET INTO! This book will stay in your head long after you put it down. It's not for everyone, I'm sure. It's creepy, bizarre, philosophical and really makes you use your brain! It's unsettling but in a good way in my opinion. Again, not for everyone but if you like something creepy and bizarre this is for you!

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  • Sony
  • 2016-06-28

A beautiful let down.

There was such potential in the storyline. But it took a long time to get used to the performers chirpy voice so that it wasn't so distracting. I think a lot of wonderful questions and concepts are raised in the introspective reflections of the narrator but there is a lot of tremendous buildup for a not so fulfilling ending.

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  • Jim N
  • 2018-05-22

Skip the description and just dive in!

The less said about the plot of this excellent debut novel, the better. I suggest you don't even read the description beyond "In this deeply suspenseful and irresistibly unnerving debut novel, a man and his girlfriend are on their way to a secluded farm." It contains a spoiler you're better off not knowing. Just listen to the book and listen carefully. It's written in a conversational, first person style that moves so casually it would be easy to overlook just how carefully crafted it is, to miss subtle moments that have significance. It's an unnerving and compelling novel. I highly recommend it!

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  • Julie
  • 2016-06-17

Couldnt stop listening!

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This is one of those stories that I love getting from Audible, one I just cant stop listening to. The ending is not clear cut, it is very elusive. I believe the author wanted you to put some thought into why and what, and so there are answers, but not the epiloge that is usually tied with a bow. Not sure I am a fan of that, but it does keep you thinking long after the story is done.

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  • jill
  • 2016-06-26

Psychological mystery

Very unique. You know early on that something is not right in the relationship and you can probably guess to some extinct the problem but the writing is so creative that you still enjoy the journey to the end. Highly recommend.

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  • Nicole B.
  • 2017-12-06

An ending I never saw coming

This audiobook was 10 different layers of conflicting emotions. Twists and turns and a last chapter I never saw coming. The banter between the two main characters was intelligent and witty. The backstory was told beautifully. As it went along I definitely got engrossed in the storyline but I would never have guessed how it ended. The narrator did a great job and the story was told well with great inflection and emotions that were believable. If you’re looking for something different, a challenge to see if you can figure it out, this audio is for you.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-06-25

Skip it

Narration was quirky with odd inflection. (Why does everyone try to read like Ira Glass?). Even if it worked for the story (which it doesn't), it was frustrating to listen to after awhile. Story had interesting ideas, but never really went anywhere. Not really as shocking or surprising as other reviews let on. But thought it was well written.

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  • Karol Capezio
  • 2020-07-04

Horrible

This must be the worst audible I have ever listened to and I listen a lot. What is the story line? What are they talking about? Why was this ever written. Safe your money and mostly your time & mind. Pure nonsense.

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  • Judy
  • 2016-06-26

Still Thinking

This book promises much and delivers little. Parts, such as the interminable, pointless conversations between Jake and his protagonist girlfriend, try the soul of willing listeners/readers.
The suspenseful moments outside and inside the high school are frightening and seem to be leading us to the core of the mystery, until they don't.
Audible/Amazon goes way too far in comparing this weak first novel to stars such as MISERY or THE USUAL SUSPECTS.

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