Foe by Iain Reid


Genre: Thriller, Science fiction
Pages: 261
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
Rating: 3.67 stars

Summary: A taut, psychological mind-bender from the bestselling author of I’m Thinking of Ending Things.

We don’t get visitors. Not out here. We never have.

In Iain Reid’s second haunting, philosophical puzzle of a novel, set in the near-future, Junior and Henrietta live a comfortable, solitary life on their farm, far from the city lights, but in close quarters with each other. One day, a stranger from the city arrives with alarming news: Junior has been randomly selected to travel far away from the farm…very far away. The most unusual part? Arrangements have already been made so that when he leaves, Henrietta won’t have a chance to miss him, because she won’t be left alone—not even for a moment. Henrietta will have company. Familiar company.

Told in Reid’s sharp and evocative style, Foe examines the nature of domestic relationships, self-determination, and what it means to be (or not to be) a person. An eerily entrancing page-turner, it churns with unease and suspense from the first words to its shocking finale.

When a stranger gets to Junior and Hen’s home out of nowhere and he tells them Junior has being selected for an interplanetary mission their lives as they know them changes completely, complicating their relationship, or is something else getting between them?


I wouldn’t say that if it weren’t because the moment i started reading it i got gripped by it. There was no second thought, the moment i read the first few words i was intrigued.

The book is unique. I think the author and the way he thinks makes incredible stories.

The way it is written is intriguing, but easy to follow and completely interesting. The narrator is very easy to empathize with and that makes the book the more amazing.

I enjoyed the characters. There are only three but you get to know them or so you’ll think. Even the little characters make important points for the plot.

The main problem i got with the book was guessing the ending in the beginning. If you put a little attention you’ll get to the plot twist pretty fast. But, to be completely honest, it didn’t bother my enjoyment of the book as it was. It’s interesting to get into the little details that help you forshadow the ending.

This may be one of the best readings i had this year so far, i gave it 5 stars. Would i reread it? of course, the books by this author really get to my core and make me absolutely love them.

Do i recommend it? Absolutely.

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