I only gave Iain Reid’s novel, I’m Thinking of Ending Things one star on Goodreads when I read it in 2016, but the fact that Charlie Kaufman, writer of Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Adaptation, thought it was worthy of adapting to film is making me reconsider my rating.
In the book, Jake and a woman known only as The Girlfriend are taking a drive to meet his parents at their secluded farm. But when Jake instead strands The Girlfriend at a deserted school, the story transforms into a twisted combination of unease, psychological frailty, and a look into the limitations of solitude.
I’m Thinking of Ending Things is streaming on Netflix now. The book is available in the Eisenhower catalog.