O.M.G.! What a creepy and unsettling novel. I’m astounded that a young author like Iain Reid could so eloquently and sympathetically write of advanced old age. His understanding depiction of the vulnerabilities, loneliness, frailties, and memory loss, were quite outstanding.
The only thing this novel had in common with Iain Reid’s other novels is the exemplary writing. His prose is edgy, compelling, and, in this instance, permeated with foreboding and paranoia. You know the quote “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.“ Oh, and another thing his novels have in common? They leave the reader wondering… wondering what was true, what was engineered by the author to deceive the reader, what just happened? Was Penny actually in jeopardy from a sinister force or persons, or was it just the failing of an elderly mind? Penny’s advanced age coupled with the fact that she had no family or friends as support made her so helpless.
I’ll be reflecting on this book for some time. I have so many questions. This defies being slotted into any one genre. The book is open to interpretation by the individual reader. For that reason it would make an excellent choice for book club discussions.
The writing and unique story kept me riveted throughout. If you want a book that makes you feel uneasy while wondering how it could possibly end, then this might be the best novel for you. A very memorable read.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel from Gallery/Scout Press via Edelweiss at my request, for my own reading enjoyment and the writing of this review. Publication date: September 27, 2022
ISBN: 9781982169350 – ASIN: B09RX2LW56 – 304 pages
Iain Reid is the author of two critically acclaimed, award-winning books of nonfiction, One Bird’s Choice, and The Truth About Luck, which was one of The Globe and Mail’s best books of 2013. In 2015, he received the RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award. Reid’s work has appeared in a variety of publications throughout North America. He is the author of the very suspenseful and thought-provoking novels “I’m thinking of ending things” and “Foe“. “We Spread” is his third novel.