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Book Review: Foe by Iain Reid

In the near future, Junior and Hen’s quiet lives on their remote farm are interrupted by the arrival of Terrance, an employee of OuterMore. Terrance informs the couple that Junior has the honour of being selected to travel to the Installation, a space station set high above the Earth, where he will live for two years. Though Junior expresses apprehension, it doesn’t seem like saying no is a possibility. Junior really doesn’t want to leave his wife, the love of his life, but Terrance assures him that Hen will be fine without him. After all, she won’t be alone.

You can’t really understand a relationship until you live it, unless you’re in it.

I absolutely loved Foe, and I wish I could remember whose blog I first saw it on so I could thank them for the tip! I knew I would enjoy it, but in a month where I’ve been tearing through books so fast I forget what the last one was about, Foe really made me slow down and enjoy the story, and I’ve thought about it for days since.

It’s enfused with a creeping sense of dread that completely unsettles you yet makes you desperate to continue reading. At the same time, the quiet dusty homestead of Junior and Hen seemed sort of comforting, and it was almost a welcome reprieve to escape there. That is, until Terrance would inevitably appear and chill me to my core.

I thought I had the ending figured out, and I was so sure of myself that when I realised I was wrong, I was floored. There was something incredibly satisfying in that, I think. I’m trying not to say too much because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but I thought it was incredibly clever that post-twist, there was a subtle change in stylisation of dialogue that made every click into place. That little attention to detail really added an extra punch to figuring it out. Even though I know the ‘twist’, this is easily a title I can see myself revisiting.

Rating: 5 stars

2 thoughts on “Book Review: Foe by Iain Reid”

  1. Ooh, yes! I really liked Reid’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things a couple of years ago and was hoping this one would turn out to be just as good. I should really pick this up! So glad you loved it!

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