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Release Date: August 7, 2018
Actual Rating: 4.25 stars
Standalone | Psychological Suspense
I finished reading FOE a few days ago so I hope my memory serves me well. Here goes. For the most part, I found Foe to be a captivating read in a slow and unsettling way. It’s complex, but the complexities are not easily identifiable until you finish the story. It’s haunting, but not in a way that will truly scare you. It’s more like thinking about how the future will be and if new technology will affect you in ways like it does within the story. Also, it’s memorable. You won’t forget this novel for a long time after reading and I don’t doubt that many will read it more than once.
While it doesn’t compare (in my eyes) to his debut; I’m Thinking of Ending Things, I do find myself agreeing with the critics when they say this is a “taut, philosophical mind-bender". The ending was very unexpected for me. The delivery of the story was slow, but it also made me really think about everything that happened in the story up until that point. It also saddened me in ways I can’t comprehend, and I truly felt for the characters within the pages. In the beginning I didn’t like them much- you don’t learn a whole lot about them so finding any kind of connection to them is difficult- however once I finished the book, I felt extremely connected to them at a level I wasn’t expecting. I can see why many readers will read the book and then have another go at it immediately after. Many have said this about Reid’s first novel, and I think a lot will do the same with FOE.
That being said, don’t go into this book expecting action and suspense. You won’t find it here. As I mentioned this is a slow-paced read, and not a lot of stuff happens TO the characters. However, once you FINISH, you’ll realize that internally (for the characters) a lot of stuff DID happen. We just didn’t know WHY or HOW until the end.
I think it’s good to sit on a review of this book for a few days and really think about the story. I found myself liking it even more than I did when reading it. I may even want to do a re-read of both his novels in the future because they really get to the core of people’s emotions and actions.
Would I recommend this book? Yes! I do think you need to have a certain mindset when reading and a lot of patience though. Trust me, it all comes together in the end!
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