Foe by Iain Reid

Book blurb…

A taut, philosophical, haunting puzzle of a novel by the acclaimed author of I’m Thinking of Ending Things

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

Junior and Henrietta live a quiet, solitary life on their farm, far from the city lights, but in close quarters with each other. They raise chickens and they work at the local feed mill. One day, a stranger from the city arrives at their door with alarming news: Junior has been randomly selected to travel far away from the farm… to settle somewhere 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, Foe churns with unease and suspense from the first words to its shocking finale.

My thoughts…

I am a little perplexed at the high praise for this novel. Am I missing something? The blurb and the actual execution of the story is world’s apart. Perhaps it’s too literary for me. I read on, hoping (wondering) if the end would bring it all together, and looking for the “sharp and evocative style” and “eerily entrancing page-turner”.  (Blurbs and reader quotes can really set up pretty big expectations.)

I appreciate the opportunity to read Foe, but not every book is for every reader.

This review is also published on goodreads

Published by Simon and Schuster Australia


About Jeannette

I'm living the dream, reading my way around this country and living in a 5th wheeler caravan.
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