ARC Book Review: Foe by Iain Reid
ashley | It had been a long time since I read anything sci-fi and something about Foe by Iain Reid made me think this should be my next read and jump back into the genre I enjoy so much, but don’t read enough of.
I really had no expectations or inklings as to what this would be about and now that I’ve finished it, I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it. The whole book had an air if mystery and secrecy, something lingering and untrustworthy, which held my interest, but the events leading up to the ending weren’t really all that interesting and didn’t really invoke much of a reaction from me.
This wasn’t really a thriller or psychological thriller, as I’ve seen it marketed as in some places, so that was kind of misleading. The content and dialogue raises a lot of questions about love and marriage, which I thought was well played out and I enjoyed reading about that. The writing was great and the pacing was steady, but I did find it a little slow moving through the majority of the book. I was intrigued enough to want to know why I was supposed to care about these people, but I couldn’t say I necessarily did care much about them while following them through their daily routines.
But I guess that’s the brilliance of the book. The ending weighs heavily on the shock factor and the mundane build up. The whole book, you’re kind of left wondering what is going on, coming up with theories because you know there has to be something more to this. You’re forming theories based on really nothing more than a few pieces of information and you’re really entirely blind to what any of this actually means.
So when you finally find out… the pay off is definitely worth it. I really did enjoy the ending and it put the rest of the book into perspective and made all those tedious chapters of witnessing this relationship worthwhile. I don’t think I’ve experienced a book like this before and it was a really interesting experience. I’m really curious about Reid’s other books now and want to go back and read more.
august 7, 2018