Iain Reid’s first novel (I’m Thinking of Ending Things) was a brain bending horror trip that made us demand more from its author. Tomorrow (September 4) his follow up novel FOE will be released in the U.S. I had the opportunity to read it early.
This review will be spoiler free. However, I make no claims that this review will not hint at some of the plot. If this is a concern, I can tell you with full-confidence to just stop reading this and go buy the book. It is fantastic.
I was not sure Iain Reid could pull it off again. After his last book I knew to expect the unexpected and to look for clues. Mr. Reid did a fantastic job of still delivering twists and surprises that caught me very off guard. Early on I realised he was playing with the words themselves to tip us off that something odd is coming for one of the characters. And yet FOE goes on leaving the door clearly open for the reader to guess. You will guess wrong. I got exactly what I was hoping for and more.
FOE clearly shows that the author has matured as a writer. Instead of playing with settings and unique situations he delivers most of the book in one small place: a farm house in the middle of nowhere. The whole book is an interesting narrative that at the end will make you really think about relationship dynamics. I have found myself thinking about this book many times long after it was over. This time Mr. Reid is sending us a message and it is pretty spectacular.