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I'm Thinking of Ending Things: A Book Club Recommendation!
I'm Thinking of Ending Things: A Book Club Recommendation! | Iain Reid
AN NPR BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR 2016 "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, award-winning author of Mysterious Skin and We Disappear). I'm thinking of ending things. Once this thought arrives, it stays. It sticks. It lingers. It's always there. Always. Jake once said, "Sometimes a thought is closer to truth, to reality, than an action. You can say anything, you can do anything, but you can't fake a thought." And here's what I'm thinking: I don't want to be here. In this "dark and compelling...unputdownable" (Booklist, starred review) literary thriller, debut novelist Iain Reid explores the depths of the human psyche, questioning consciousness, free will, the value of relationships, fear, and the limitations of solitude. Reminiscent of Jose Saramago's early work, Michel Faber's cult classic Under the Skin, and Lionel Shriver's We Need to Talk about Kevin, I'm Thinking of Ending Things is an edgy, haunting debut. Tense, gripping, and atmospheric, this novel "packs a big psychological punch with a twisty story line and an ending that will leave readers breathless" (Library Journal, starred review).
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BarbaraBB
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#AlphabetGame Letter I

This is the kind of book you want to start read again directly after you‘ve finished it. Such a WTF ending!

batsy I was a bit annoyed with how the big reveal panned out, but it's such an atmospheric book. Out of nowhere I will occasionally remember the bits that made me have goosebumps. 2mo
TheLudicReader Love this one. Total mindfuck. 2mo
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BarbaraBB @batsy Right? I Can still feel them! I mailed Chandelier today, hope it‘ll travel fast and safe! 😘 2mo
Megabooks Agreed! 2mo
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Outofcontroltbr
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Pickpick

This was interesting. A bit confusing at first but the ending wasn‘t quite what I was expecting. Short book but really worth it. Now to watch the movie adaptation.

vivastory I know the adaptation is divisive, but I loved it 3mo
Outofcontroltbr @vivastory I just finished watching it and I really enjoyed it. 3mo
vivastory Since David Lynch hasn't released a movie in yrs, it felt like the closest thing to one of his that I have seen 3mo
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reema
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Great atmosphere. You grow more and more unsettled as you read.

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ElizaMarie
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Pickpick

This was a very quick #AudioCommute /#AudioChore book. I went into it blind, had no clue what to expect, and wow I love how blindsided i was with this one.

It was weird, but not a bad weird, just a weird, I am currioud what the Netflix show looks like (might check it out soon)

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HeatherBookNerd
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Pickpick

Unsettling and tense. I did sort of have an idea where this was heading, but it was an interesting trip nonetheless. A good quick creepy read.

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Bookgirl
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Pickpick

Whoa. Did not see that coming. I read this in about 2 hours. Couldn‘t put it down. I‘m seeing some negative reviews were confused by the book. I didn‘t find it confusing at all. It‘s a mystery, yes, and suspenseful, but I liked the eerie “what the heck is happening” vibe. It kept me guessing right up until the reveal, which was powerful and clear. Great read!

Megabooks This was fantastic! 5mo
BarbaraBB What @Megabooks says! 5mo
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GraveyardNeko
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lenaars
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guidosophia
Pickpick

woaaahhhhh crazy plot twist. made my heart beat real fast

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la_rose_noire
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I've been stuck on another novel for a while and decided to start a new one instead this morning. I'm so glad I did! This is so good! ❤

Cathythoughts I enjoyed this one & .. Yes ! Sometimes switching novels is the best thing to do 😁👍🏻 11mo
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adamkrisk
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Mehso-so

If you like creepy thrillers this book is great for you. The book is about a girl who wants to break up with her boyfriend, Jake. This book takes a twist, however, because now she has a stalker that can‘t stop calling her, but she doesn‘t want to tell anyone. This book is full of eerieness and suspense and is great for people looking for an adrenaline rush.

MissYaremcio Thank you for the review Adam! I was just missing your POV and how it is established. 4/6 11mo
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ImperfectCJ
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Panpan

Ohhh...kay...

This novel is way too precious for me (and Camille). Cool idea, I guess, but too performative, too self-consciously clever. I don't like to see the strings the author is pulling.

I started with the audiobook but it was hard to follow that way. Switched to the hardcover early on, so not counting for #LittenListen, only for #screamathon and #bookspinbingo

So, theme read, 3 hours, 2 readathons = 75 for #TeamSlaughter #scarathlon

Ruthiella I‘m with you and Camille. I thought it was gimmicky. It‘s not the first book that I‘ve read with that twist and I dislike it every time. 12mo
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AFrostCauseReads
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I really liked the writing in this book. I could feel how every word, phrase, and anecdote was chosen with precision to add up to something later. And it sure did. Some super creepy moments, but overall more weird than anything. Movie also did an excellent job adapting what happened (though with major differences)

I read this for #screamathon and watched the movie tie-in
I‘d also consider this R.I.P. for #RoaringWolf
Also #wickedathon

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Angitron
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It‘s so nice when you find a book that hits your spooky bone in just the right way during Spooky Season! I blew through this one in a single afternoon and loved it! Highly HIGHLY recommend (if you want to read it) that you don‘t read anything about it beforehand and do the audiobook version because…wow! 😱😱😱

BarbaraBB Agree 😱😱 12mo
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mrddorsey

This book is slow. ½ way through I was still trying to figure out what was going on. I went along with the set up. It didn't get going until the ride home, and then it felt like a completely different book. I get it, but it just felt like they took the long way to the point. I may have to reread it, for clarity.

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BiblioLitten
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I‘m on a book-to-movies binge. I just watched Where‘d you go, Bernadette. Now onto Hillbilly Elegy and when I finish my tagged read, I‘ll watch the movie on Netflix. 📚▶️📺

#currentlyreading

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RaeLovesToRead
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Mehso-so

This was a weird one and I'm conflicted.

I can see how it could be mind blowing, but similarly, I can see how it could be disappointing. It's a mix of existential ponderings, creepy mind meanderings and late night snowy wanderings.

Try it! It might captivate you, it might baffle you.

⭐⭐⭐ 3 stars

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RaeLovesToRead
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Bizarrely, I was talking about this very subject with somebody just yesterday. How much you can know about somebody else; how many of our thoughts we share.
This book was full of existential questions and ponderings.

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RaeLovesToRead
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Reading in the garden with Pickles.

It's a bit of a bright and sunny day to be reading such a creepy and atmospheric book!

I should probably stop taking pictures of the cat and get on with it 😅😅

#catsoflitsy #picklescat

Leftcoastzen So cute!😻 1y
rubyslippersreads You can never have too many cat pictures. 😹 1y
BookishMarginalia Pickles is quite photogenic! 💜💜💜 1y
RaeLovesToRead @Leftcoastzen @rubyslippersreads @BookishMarginalia She's adorable 😄❤ She had been at the rescue for months when we adopted her. No one wanted her because she was so timid... you'd never believe she's the same cat now (years later) 🥰🥰 1y
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RaeLovesToRead
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Starting a new one this evening. From the blurb I'm hoping it'll have Shining vibes, but from the tepid Goodreads reviews (that I haven't read yet, in case of spoilers) I'm not going to get my hopes up too much.

BarbaraBB So good!!!! Enjoy 😱 1y
RaeLovesToRead @BarbaraBB Thank you ❤ I'm about a third of the way through and so far I'm not sure what to think! 1y
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Tiffiney
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Panpan

What did I just read?? That was terrible. So much rambling dialogue and a funky ending...thankfully it was a short read...that's the only reason I finished...⭐

The_Heeler_Booklife I‘ve heard awful things about this book. 1y
Tiffiney @The_Heeler_Booklife believe them 😆 1y
diovival Hahahaha 😂 I had a very similar reaction. 1y
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gnarbear
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At no point in this book did I know where it would take me. Reid truly masters the art of simple suspense throughout the whole novel, making it truly difficult for me to put down the book and stop turning pages... The end of the book is such a simple, fast-paced culmination of information that immediately upon finishing, I had to go back and reread the last 20 pages or so to fully appreciate the masterful delicacy of writing. Book club material!

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Smlambert725

“Sometimes a thought is closer to truth, to reality, than an action. You can say anything, you can do anything, but you can‘t fake a thought.” #April2021

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LibrarianChels
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Oh my. I couldn‘t put it down. It started off a bit funny and then it took a turn in the last half. It was nice to read a suspenseful novel that wasn‘t predictable.

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paulfrankspencer
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I came to different conclusions reading the book and watching Charlie Kaufman's adaptation. And truth be told, I don't really care about that. This surrealist trippy suspense thriller is excellent on paper or on screen.

paulfrankspencer When it comes to reading this book, there's only one question: What are you waiting for? 2y
batsy I really need to watch this! 2y
paulfrankspencer @batsy I watched the movie first because I love Charlie Kaufman's work, and I was not at all disappointed. The movie is probably more surreal in the way visuals can do that better than text. And it was my impression that there is less of a bow on the narrative and different themes are engaged (or at least highlighted). Maybe that's just because I came to the book with more context, but my friend and I had fun debating what we had watched. 2y
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batsy I love Kaufman's work, as well. I was planning to watch it anyway but your comments have convinced me! I'll be interested to see how the destabilising of the narrative is handled on screen, and the surreal aspects would be an interesting way to do that. 2y
RaeLovesToRead I'd really like to watch the film now! I imagine it could be done really effectively. 1y
paulfrankspencer @RaeLovesToRead totally worth it. 1y
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Steph.Titus
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I never really knew where this book was going, but after reaching the end it made me want to read it all over again with a new perspective. A quick read that I couldn‘t put down. #March.3.11

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Djspens
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I just finished reading I‘m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid. It started out a pretty normal book and then took a quick turn into weird! Now I‘m watching the movie to see if I can make more sense of it lol but I did like the book!!

starlight97 I think the movie was awful. I loved the book though 2y
Djspens @starlight97 😂 what did I just watch?? I think I‘m even more confused now!?! 2y
starlight97 @Djspens I know what you mean 😂 but I think the point is that the janitor was thinking about committing suicide and his mind conjured the two characters to argue for or against it 2y
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Djspens
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When it's 4:30 am and you can't sleep...move to the couch and read 😁 lol at least one of us can sleep 🐶

Leftcoastzen 🐶cute! 2y
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kissmehardy
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I DON'T KNOW IF READING THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA BUT MY COWORKER WANTED TO TALK ABOUT IT ON OUR NEXT PODCAST SO HERE WE ARE. #thrillers #ohgodsendhelp

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j.rye
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Pickpick

So. I went into this book without reading the book-blurb or any reviews. I grabbed it based on its cover really. I don‘t know what I was expecting, but it wasn‘t this. Once I got into it, I finished it pretty quickly. The unnamed girlfriend, Jake, the brother I‘m still not sure exists 😳 it‘s a crazy, but good read. I think I‘m going to have to read it again to get all the details I missed.

NataliePatalie I definitely missed some details but I don't know if I have it in me to read it again 😂 2y
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j.rye
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I‘m anxious because of the blizzard. Yeah. The one I was excited about yesterday. But I didn‘t have to go anywhere yesterday and I do today. ANYWHO. So Taco Riccardo and I are curled up in our burrito blanket reading at 4 am. 😒 he doesn‘t seem to mind at least.

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StuckOnChapter13
Mehso-so

Okay, I'm going to say something that might be controversial...

This might be the exception of the book is better than the movie rule!

NataliePatalie I wasn't in love with either, BUT the movie helped me understand the "twist" a bit better! 2y
StuckOnChapter13 @NataliePatalie That's what I thought! When I was reading, I could just imagine the background music and I think the visualization would make the car scenes less boring or confusing. 2y
paulfrankspencer I think they're different. I liked them both differently and think they tried to say different things. 2y
StuckOnChapter13 @paulfrankspencer I can understand that! 1y
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Hilary427
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This book is hard to put down...I read it in two sittings over two days! An anxiety and dread producing thriller. I didn‘t LOVE the ending but I always like my books to end wrapped up with a bow, with everything making perfect sense 😆 can‘t wait to read Reid‘s next book!
⭐️: 4/5

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Chelsea.Poole
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Wow. I couldn‘t put this slim novel down! If you need something you can‘t tear yourself away from, but still appreciate literary works, try this! The dread slowly builds to an excellent pay-off. Reid‘s way of crafting this story is masterful. Creepy, thought-provoking, and unforgettable!

DimeryRene Did you make that mug??? 2y
Chelsea.Poole @DimeryRene I won it in a giveaway here ☺️ 2y
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ebensalah
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"Sometimes a thought is closer to truth, to reality, than an action. You can say anything, you can do anything, but you can't fake a thought."

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AlisBookNookCorner
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🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 https://suspensebookreviews.home.blog/2021/01/15/im-thinking-of-ending-things-by... Click my link for my full review!

WOW! WOW! WOW! This novel absolutely blew my mind 😵 If you read any book In 2021, let it be this one. I had no idea what I was in store for, but his novel kept me on my toes till the extremely unexpected end. Seriously, read from beginning to the very end, don't stop! What a masterpiece this was!

jb72 I just put this on hold at the library. 2y
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AlisBookNookCorner
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"I'm thinking of ending things. Once this thought arrives, it stays. It sticks. It lingers. It dominates. There's not much I can do about it. Trust me. It doesn't go away. It's there whether I like it or not. It's there when I eat. When I go to bed. It's there when I sleep. It's there when I wake up. It's always there. Always."

Only 26 pages in and I am HOOKED!!! What kind of mind boggling adventure have I started? Where does it lead? ?

BarbaraBB So good! 2y
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AlisBookNookCorner
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About to start my newest adventure! I've heard so many mixed reviews and opinions on this book, I'm curious to check it out!

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AlisBookNookCorner
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Couldn't resist a Barnes&Noble trip, first one in the new year. My #bookhaul for the evening: #ImThinkingOfEndingThings by Iain Reid #EleanorOpilhantisCompletelyFine by Gail Honeyman #BeforeWeWereYours by Lisa Wingate and #NightRoad by Kristin Hannah

Without spoilers, anyone read any of these and thoughts? 📖

#bookhaul2021

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks The two in the middle are awesome!!! 2y
AlisBookNookCorner @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I keep hearing such good things about those two! After your comment they are definitely now my top two to start with shortly! 2y
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amyf0x
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The narrator is thinking of breaking up with her boyfriend, Jake, but goes to dinner at his parents‘ house anyway — but the night‘s events are getting steadily creepier.

Read December 27-29
Rated 4/5 ⭐️
Book 58/60

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JacqMac
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WTF did I just read?! It‘s absolute madness. Literally. I loved it!!

Chab256 I haven't read the book, but during the movie I was just constantly WTF! 😂🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
TheLudicReader His novel Foe is also worth the WTF. 2y
erzascarletbookgasm 😄 exactly! I need to read Foe. 2y
JacqMac @Chab256 I‘m watching it now. It seems pretty similar so far. 2y
JacqMac @TheLudicReader @erzascarletbookgasm I‘m adding it to my stack. :) 2y
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JacqMac
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Today‘s plans. My daughter gave me this one and she knows me well. I expect I will like it.

Kappadeemom I thought it was a weird book but I liked it. It‘s one that has stuck with me even though I read it last year. 2y
BarbaraBB This is a book I‘ll never forget! 2y
kspenmoll Great mug! 2y
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Megabooks Great book! 2y
JacqMac @kspenmoll Thanks. It‘s my favourite. 2y
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Vanillacourt
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I read this one almost a year ago and still think about it at least once a week. The slow build of feeling like something is wrong was wonderful. #horror #imthinkingofendingthings #iainreid

Chrissyreadit Welcome to Litsy! Here is a link that several Littens put together to help people learn about Litsy (the photo is a hyperlink to a thread about many activities anyone can join) 2y
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starlight97
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Truly creepy and chilling, remarkable for a debut novel.
⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

tpixie Oh I just refuse to think that!! But yes.... 2y
tpixie @starlight97 💗♥️💗 2y
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DrLReads
Mehso-so

Ried‘s writing can be taunt and suspenseful however the payoff felt thin. Despite its slim size, the writing also felt somewhat over laboured and bloated.

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Samary
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I watched the movie right after finishing the book. Neither holds your hand through what is going on, and I like that!

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Bubblebelle
Pickpick

A short and unsettling read, I‘d firstly suggest that anyone who enjoys psychological horror gives this book a shot, and secondly suggest that they do so before watching the film. Having watched the film first definitely spoiled some of my experience reading the book whereas I think having read the book first would actually have made my first watch of the film a lot less frustrating!

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NataliePatalie
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Mehso-so

Finished this today! Pretty slow buildup, but luckily the book isn't that long anyway. But that ending! 🥺

Blueberry This might make a good choice for my movie/book club. 2y
NataliePatalie @Blueberry Yeah! I'm planning to watch it on my weekend. 2y
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Blueberry How was the movie? 2y
NataliePatalie @Blueberry Not good 😂 Was hoping the movie would help me understand the ending a little better but it had a DIFFERENT ENDING. 2y
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Booksncats2
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I absolutely need to reread this. I think I loved it but I need to be sure.

Leftcoastzen 😻 2y
BarbaraBB Exactly! 2y
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