Foe is the first book by Iain Reid that I have come across. I was not part of an awesome crowd before where I would have known of books like this or like I’m Thinking Of Ending Things. With that being said, I also really had no insight into who Reid is or what his writing style is like. Until now.
First off, the cover is STUNNING. I am in love with the colors and everything it’s got going on! Now for the story. Foe is broken into three parts or “acts,” but not because it is written in play format. Reid uses compact and direct sentences throughout and when paired with the short chapters, it makes for an extremely quick and easy surface read. I read it so fast that I almost didn’t give myself time to absorb what was going on or what I thought was going to happen.
I really enjoyed this book! It is one that left me with a slight open jaw, scratching my head, and looking around for someone to talk to it about! But I was home alone and the only conversation partner I had was my cat… and she did not do much to balance my excitement.
As described on the back of the book, Foe is a psychological mind-bending puzzle. By knowing that, you might get the impression up front that something is amiss and there is more going on than you know. But what?! There could be so many things happening and there will obviously be only one answer/solution to this so-called puzzle. That aspect also adds to being able to devour this book so quickly.
I highly recommend this atmospheric and unsettling read and I am going to give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. I am now a HUGE Iain Reid fan and cannot wait to pick up I’m Thinking Of Ending Things and seeing what he has to develop in the future! Thanks so much to Gallery Books / Scout Press for sending the Night Worms advance copies of this to read and review.