241 pages, Kindle Edition
First published June 14, 2016
I just recently discovered this novel by Iain Reid and when I saw it was praised as "one of the most disturbing books ever", I found myself enthralled. The story feels unhinged, twisted, and menacing. There is so much mystery surrounding Jake and his girlfriend and considering they're only driving to visit his parents on a farm, it's immensely well done. I felt myself sucked in from the beginning, and well, then came the ending.
Now, I'm not saying the ending is bad. In fact, it's a valid end to the story and it's certainly a twist most might not have expected. I kind of had an inkling already, but that is not the point. I just didn't like the execution. After getting this invested in two characters, I need more than an abrupt ending that solves almost nothing. I need backstory, I need explanations. I just felt let down.
Anyways, I'm off to watch the movie now. Because somehow I'm not thinking of ending things just quite yet with this story.