This Is How We End Things, a review by Shelley

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R.J. Jacobs

Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: September 12th, 2023
336 Pages
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I read and enjoyed both And Then You Were Gone and Always the First to Die by this author but This Is How We End Things was a bit of a disappointment. I love a good academia story, especially if it’s a dark thriller and I super enjoyed reading about a snowstorm during this hot Toronto August. Jacobs sure can set up a scene and his descriptions put me right in the action.

The downfall of this one was the characters, I didn’t really like any of them in this book except the kid, Iris. They weren’t authentic to me and every single one of them had secrets and when they are revealed I had a hard time believing there would be so many people in the program like this and that would get away with it. There was very little character development and the dialogue felt forced and/or fake and their thought processes were confusing at times. I often asked myself “Why would they do that!?” I also did not like or believe the two romantic angles with Scarlett.

The premise of this one was intriguing but the execution fell flat. I had figured this whodunnit out before the forty percent mark. Sometimes that’s okay because the reader enjoys the journey to see if they are right, that wasn’t the case here. Did I love this book? The short answer is no. Would I read this author again? Absolutely, he creates scenes well and has an easy-reading writing style.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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