“This and That” is a feature to showcase books that I think sound similar or have similar themes and would recommend to someone who is a fan of the “this book.” Often times, I may not have read the “that” book, but I think fans of the “this” book might like it based on the synopsis or others’ reviews.
About the Books:
In the Bone there is a house.
In the house there is a girl.
In the girl there is a darkness.
Margo is not like other girls. She lives in a derelict neighborhood called the Bone, in a cursed house, with her cursed mother, who hasn’t spoken to her in over two years. She lives her days feeling invisible. It’s not until she develops a friendship with her wheelchair-bound neighbor, Judah Grant, that things begin to change. When a neighborhood girl, seven-year-old Neveah Anthony, goes missing, Judah sets out to help Margo uncover what happened to her.
What Margo finds changes her, and with a new perspective on life, she’s determined to find evil and punish it–targeting rapists and child molesters, one by one.
But hunting evil is dangerous, and Margo risks losing everything, including her own soul.
You will be scared. But you won’t know why…
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 deeply suspenseful and irresistibly unnerving debut novel, a man and his girlfriend are on their way to a secluded farm. When the two take an unexpected detour, she is left stranded in a deserted high school, wondering if there is any escape at all. What follows is a twisted unraveling that will haunt you long after the last page is turned.
In this smart, suspenseful, and intense 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 pulls you in from the very first page…and never lets you go.
One of the things I really liked about Marrow by Tarryn Fisher was the way Fisher immediately set the tone in the opening paragraphs with Margo’s descriptions of the house “sag[ging] like old flesh” and how the house will devour you if you let it.
I felt the same way about Iain Reid’s upcoming novel, I’m Thinking of Ending Things. This book was one of the most unsettling novels I have read. You feel this imminent sense of doom and dread, like something terrible is going to happen. The author set an ominous tone from the beginning, one that only increased as I kept reading. I’m Thinking of Ending Things will not be a book that is suited for everyone. It’s bizarre and very strange but I was riveted until the end.
The writing style of these two books were similar. Fisher and Reid do not spoon feed readers the story or the characters, which is something I appreciate. As I reader, I like being able to think for myself and draw my own conclusions.
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