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Foe
Foe | Iain Reid
A taut, psychological mind-bender from the bestselling author of I’m Thinking of Ending Things. We don’t get visitors. Not out here. We never have. Junior and Hen are a quiet married couple. They live a comfortable, solitary life on their farm, far from the city lights, but in close quarters with each other. One day, a stranger from the city arrives with surprising news: Junior has been randomly selected to travel far away from the farm...very far away. The most unusual part? Arrangements have already been made so that when he leaves, Hen won’t have a chance to miss him at all, because she won’t be left alone—not even for a moment. Hen will have company. Familiar company. Foe examines the nature of domestic relationships, self-determination, and what it means to be (or not to be) a person. An eerily entrancing page-turner, it churns with unease and suspense from the first words to its shocking finale.
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BarbaraBB
Foe | Iain Reid
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#AprilWrapUp #AprilStats

It has been another good month. I read 14 books, am on track with my challenges and read some real good ones. No 5 star reads (they are sparce) but the ones above were 4 or 4,5 stars. It is notabele that three of the five are thrillers, a genre I used to like but that I found lately almost always disappointing. These three were real suspenseful though.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Well done! 📖💖 4w
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BarbaraBB
Foe | Iain Reid
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Ooh, such a good read. I couldn‘t stop reading, had to know what was going on with Junior and Hen since a visitor arrived at their house in a dystopian, rural and almost deserted environment. The visitor announced that Junior was longlisted for a journey to an Installation in space. You feel something isn‘t right but what is it? It takes this book to figure that out. It‘s weird and scary but man, does it deliver!

#ATY2019 Speculative fiction

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hilded Sounds fascinating 👍 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Wonderful review! Stacking of course! 1mo
Rachel_nyc I love a good dystopian book! Stacked. 1mo
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BookBumming
Foe | Iain Reid
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Have you ever read an ending that made you want to restart the whole book and read it again..? That‘s FOE. I feel like I have reader‘s whiplash from being shaken around so much by Iain Reid.. Five Stars
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SUSPENSE, SUSPENSE, SUSPENSE
I was on a rollercoaster of questions the entire book. LOOOOVED.

“We don‘t get visitors. Not out here. We never have.

StrangeWool Sounds creepy. 2mo
BarbaraBB I‘m about to start this one but I felt that way too after 1mo
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BookishTrish
Foe | Iain Reid
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I‘m not sure I would‘ve enjoyed this in print, but it was a solid #audiobook. The lack of world building made more sense orally. I dug the Twilight Zone vibe -even the predictable ending.

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BookishTrish
Foe | Iain Reid
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Life is busy and stressful. Sometimes you‘ve just got to pick an audiobook because it‘s short.

CouronneDhiver Same! 2mo
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LauraJ
Foe | Iain Reid
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Foe has the atmosphere of an old episode of The Twilight Zone, with something unsettling lying beneath the story we‘re reading. Thanks for the #NewYearWhoDis recommendation, @candority It‘s another 👍🏼!

monalyisha OooOooO sounds good! 4mo
AmyG This sounds fascinating. 4mo
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mrozzz
Foe | Iain Reid
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I thought this would be wildly creepy but the writing wasn‘t great. The entirety is full of clunky dialogue broken up by minimal internal dialogue from Junior, the MC. Terrence is a terribly awkward visitor and Hen, Junior‘s wife, refuses talk to him about much of anything thus using up a lot of page space to go nowhere. There is zero world building apart from brief descriptions & though I felt uneasy throughout the big twist was a flop for me.

BarbaraBB Oh really? I just bought it because I liked his other book so much. Did you read that? 4mo
mrozzz I have not! I already own a copy though. I‘m really hoping this one was a fluke and that his other book is where the action is! @BarbaraBB 4mo
BarbaraBB The other one is a big mindf*** and I loved that! 😘 4mo
mrozzz Yay! That‘s what I want 😃 @BarbaraBB 4mo
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LauraJ
Foe | Iain Reid
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Another #newyearwhodis hold finally came in. January may be over, but I‘m gonna to finish the list from @candority

candority I read an ARC of this one and really enjoyed it. Since, I‘ve seen lots of mixed reviews. It‘s a slow burn, but I hope you like it! I‘m going to be posting an update on my #NewYearWhoDis progress soon! 4mo
Angitron I enjoyed this one! It‘s creepy and really got under my skin! 😬 4mo
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TheLudicReader
Foe | Iain Reid
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Day two of no school, as the roads are still, apparently, a mess. I can‘t find a picture to adequately convey what I mean, so check out this video. It‘s crazy.
https://youtu.be/ElFYEBTEM8o
Another day of reading. #bummer

DoonTheGoon I loved this book!!! Delightfully unsettling. Enjoy! 4mo
Lindy That video: wow! Ice skates. No wonder your schools are closed. We had a week of ice earlier this winter and my neighbour who‘s a Grade 1 teacher said they had to keep the kids indoors at recess because they were coming in with bloody faces from falling outside. 4mo
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samjmitchell
Foe | Iain Reid
Mehso-so

3 star!

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Angitron
Foe | Iain Reid
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Ooh! This was deliciously eerie and strange! Like a book version of an episode of Black Mirror. I couldn‘t put it down. It was my first Reid book, and I‘ll definitely be seeking out more by him. The book is a clever way to dive deep into questions of relationships, how well you can actually know someone, and how much of what you think you know is actually your projection of who you want or expect them to be.

vivastory I keep meaning to read this one! I loved 5mo
DoonTheGoon I loved this one too - it kept me guessing and was so eerie. 5mo
Angitron @DoonTheGoon Wasn‘t it though? I was riveted! 5mo
Angitron @vivastory I definitely want to read that now that I‘ve read Foe! 5mo
DoonTheGoon @Angitron Goosebump inducing for sure!!! 5mo
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LiterarySloth
Foe | Iain Reid
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It‘s not a terrible book, but it was my least favorite that I read (and finished) this year. There is another book that I didn‘t finish, but I don‘t think I can label it worst in case it did get better later. I just didn‘t care enough to find out. Like I said, Foe isn‘t terrible, but I‘m not recommending it to anyone. It was very slow and predictable for me. It felt like reading an episode of Black Mirror.
#worstreads #worstreads2018

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BibliOphelia
Foe | Iain Reid
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Whoa. This book got into my head even more than I'm Thinking of Ending Things, and that's saying something. It is similarly propulsive, disturbing, and ultimately mind-blowing. And it would make a really, really good movie, if done right. There were scenes that were so very visual. I'm just blown away all over again by Reid's writing, his ability to make stories with almost no action feel like a white-knuckle thrill ride.

Cinfhen Awesome review #stacked 6mo
sprainedbrain Love this review! I‘m sold! 6mo
BibliOphelia @Cinfhen @sprainedbrain Thanks! Hope you enjoy! 6mo
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C.Colombiana
Foe | Iain Reid
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I have a special place in my heart for "I'm Thinking of Ending Things". It had the most surprising ending. Reid is a master at keeping an air of mystery and giving nothing away until he wants to. "I'm Thinking of Ending Things" elicited not only an emotional reaction from me but a physical one as well. It was gut wrenching. I had a sense of unease the more I read, and by the end of it I had tears in my eyes. Very much looking forward to "Foe".

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avgeyer
Foe | Iain Reid
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Mehso-so

This was just okay for me. It felt repetitive at times and I just couldn‘t get into it. I will say that I didn‘t figure out the twist at the end, although maybe if I had been more invested in the story I would have. 3 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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avgeyer
Foe | Iain Reid
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Starting this tonight!

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DoonTheGoon
Foe | Iain Reid
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I quite enjoyed this book... even if I found it a tad repetitive at some points. What I thought at first was a plot hole actually turned into a twist that I wasn't expecting... so that was fun! I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for some of this author's other works!!!

DoonTheGoon @TheLudicReader I've got my eye on that one... heard great things! 7mo
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thebooksugar
Foe | Iain Reid
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Mehso-so

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Maude
Foe | Iain Reid
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Wow, this was so well written but I'm not sure it was a good story 🤔 I mean not a lot happened and there were a lot of questions left unanswered, yet I still really liked it. #goodreadsgiveaway

Bklover Looking forward to this one! 7mo
MayJasper I know what you mean. I like the answers too. 5mo
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Lauren.Archer
Foe | Iain Reid
Mehso-so

Hmmm...this one left me more puzzled than I wanted. The premise was strong, but I found it quite confusing at times. I actually don‘t want to go back and figured out what I missed, because I don‘t think I care that much.

avgeyer I just finished this book, and I feel the same way! 6mo
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Lauren.Archer
Foe | Iain Reid
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A little horror for this Sunday before Halloween.

vivastory Not sure how this slipped past me. I loved I'm Thinking of Ending Things. Will definitely be looking for this tomorrow! 7mo
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thebooksugar
Foe | Iain Reid
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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cinann
Foe | Iain Reid
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My cats are not really #blackcats, but I had to put them around what I'm #currentlyreading because they fit the season.

#blackcatchallenge @Clwojick
#31bookpics @howjessreads

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 8mo
Clwojick ♥️♥️♥️ 8mo
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mauveandrosysky
Foe | Iain Reid
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I love how Reid blends classic elements of horror and suspense with deeper philosophical and psychological elements. Foe is an excellent follow-up to I‘m Thinking of Ending Things, filled with surrealism and unease. An uncomfortable book about a marriage that makes us question how well we can ever know the ones we love.

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Kmiloslavich
Foe | Iain Reid
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

Once again Iain Reid did not disappoint. I‘m Thinking of Ending Things is one of my favorite books so this had a lot to live up to. This book is so creepy and twisty and dark. Perfect book to kick off the fall.

BarbaraBB Oh I must read it too then. I loved 8mo
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swatreads
Foe | Iain Reid
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This is my 2nd book by Iain Reid and I knew I'm in for an amazing ride! This had the same bleak atmosphere as in his first novel I'm Thinking of Ending Things. It kept me on the edge and I absolutely couldn't put it down but unlike his first book the ending of this one was kind of predictable. I wish I hadn't guessed the end else I'd have enjoyed more. But overall it's a great sci-fi mind bender.
#NetGalley #Foe

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KimmyM
Foe | Iain Reid
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Like his first novel, I'M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS, this book had a persistent sense of something being not quite right. Unfortunately I think the marketing gives away what is supposed to be a surprise, because I predicted it right away.
The book lacked the punch that his first book had, but it was unputdownable. A very quick read.
3.5 / 5 🌟

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KimmyM
Foe | Iain Reid
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Started this on the way from work. I thought his previous book, I'M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS, was great so I'm super interested to see what happens in this!
#currentlyreading

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kyraleseberg
Foe | Iain Reid
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A sci-fi novel without a lot of sci-fi set in the vague future, readers will have to use their imagination to fill in some gaps, making the already odd story even creepier. Under the disquieting plot, Foe is an intense examination of love and human nature.
Like Reid's other novel I'm Thinking of Ending Things, Foe is another story where readers know something isn't right but can't quite figure out what it is until the final page.

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EMWF
Foe | Iain Reid
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"What constitutes normalcy? I think if you asked fifty people, you'd get fifty different answers. There would, undoubtedly, be some congruities. But who decides what's normal? Where does the line of regularity fall?" Happy Canadian publication day! Iain Reid will be at #emwf18 to read from his taut, psychological thriller about a couple who live a quiet, solitary life until a stranger arrives from the city with surprising news... bit.ly/2KnUEhi

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kyraleseberg
Foe | Iain Reid
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So excited to start this #ARC tonight! 🎉📖

akckitty Omg I love Iain Reid! So jealous you got an early copy!! I hope you enjoy it :) 10mo
kyraleseberg @akckitty Thank you!! I'm half way through and still have no idea where this story is going, lots of unease and creepiness (just like I'm Thinking of Ending Things!) 10mo
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candority
Foe | Iain Reid
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This book was creepy in a subtle way. From the first page, there was a sense of unease and anticipation for the twist. The ending took me by surprise, but I loved it. The story follows a couple, Junior and Hen, who live a solitary life on their farm. One day, a stranger arrives with news that Junior has been selected to travel to space to be a part of the first ‘Installation‘. But Hen won‘t be left alone while he‘s gone... 😰#emwf18 #netgalley

candority And the book has already been optioned for film! 10mo
FantasyChick Oh I loved this book. It surprised me so much! I can't wait to see how the film version turns out 10mo
candority @FantasyChick Me too! I think it will translate well into film 😊 10mo
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candority
Foe | Iain Reid
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My #24in48 ‘stack‘ consists of three ebooks that I currently have ARCs of from #NetGalley. All of them are #emwf18 books!

I have quite a few things to do today (including grocery shopping, editing/submitting a term paper, and finishing up some online course discussions), but I feel pretty confident that I can get lots of reading done this weekend! My goal is 15 hours, but I‘m going to try my best to hit the full 24!

@24in48

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FantasyChick
Foe | Iain Reid
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I loved this book! It wasn't really science fiction-y and wasn't really thriller-y (those are legit genre descriptions now) but still managed to keep me hooked. Very well written and I kicked myself for not getting the ending! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 for me!
Full review to come later
#NetGalleyReads #5StarReads

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FantasyChick
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It's a cold beer in a wine glass and a book kind of evening 🍻

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Chellebearss
Foe | Iain Reid
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Hubby is out, kids are in bed, and I‘ve hit my 10 000 steps for today. Now catching up on my #netgalley #TBR 💚💚

whatshesreadingnow 10K 👏🏻🙌🏻 11mo
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Velvetsun
Foe | Iain Reid
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!!!!!!! Stop the presses !!!!!!!
I was just approved for this book, and I honestly don‘t know what to do with myself.
I‘m Thinking Of Ending Things is in my top 3 books of all time, and I was so desperate to read his upcoming release I stalked netgalley and emailed the publisher.
THANK YOU so much to Gallery/Pocket Books for this ARC. 🤯🤗🤓😃

bobregina Such a beautiful cover 😍 11mo
Chellebearss I hope to get to this one soon 😃😃 11mo
kyraleseberg Yayyyy I just got approved too!!! 🎉🎉🎉 11mo
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Chellebearss
Foe | Iain Reid
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I need to knock these three off for #netgalley in June. Have you read any? Which should I start with? #TBR #netgalleyattack

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reneelyons
Foe | Iain Reid
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Fantastic new speculative fiction from one of my favorite emerging writers. Release date: August 7, 2018

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/05/30/book-review-foe-by-ian-reid/

BarbaraBB Sounds really good! 12mo
reneelyons @BarbaraBB Thanks for the comment! It was a really enjoyable read! 12mo
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mrjeffjackson
Foe | Iain Reid
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Full disclosure: I LOVE - I'm Thinking of Ending Things.
Do you love the ethical argument surrounding humanity's use of artificial intelligence? Then go watch 'Blade Runner'. I wouldn't read 'Foe' again. I wouldn't watch 'Blade Runner 2049' again. I am just fine with the first 'Blade Runner' and 'I'm Thinking of Ending Things' in a loop.
pretty house pretty garden.
no alarms. no surprises.

pretty house. pretty garden.
no alarms. no surprises.

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kate_reads
Foe | Iain Reid
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This. Was. Awesome. A super quick but super compelling read. FOE would make an incredible movie.

Junior and Hen never get visitors out on their small farm. One day a stranger arrives with the news that Junior has been selected for a special mission and that while he is gone a Replacement will be sent to take his place at home.

Anyone who has read this...talk with me about the ending, I have so many questions 🤯

Puredragonstar Question was this a ARC? Because it doesn‘t come out till Aug? Sounds so interesting! 12mo
kate_reads @Puredragonstar yup—an ARC! 12mo
Velvetsun So unbelievably jealous that you got an early copy of this. ITOET is one of my favorite books of all time, and Foe is the book I am most anxious to get this year. (edited) 11mo
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