Synopsis of All Things Cease to Appear
Late one winter afternoon in the small town of Chosen, New York, professor George Clare knocks on his neighbor’s door with terrible news: he returned from work to find his wife, Catherine, murdered in their bed. Someone took an ax to her head while their three-year-old daughter, Franny, played alone in her room across the hall.
Recent transplants to Chosen, the Clares have not received the warmest welcome; once a thriving dairy farm, their home is haunted by the tragedy that left the former owner’s three sons orphaned and adrift. As one dark secret peels away to reveal others—and as the Clare marriage reveals itself to have a sinister darkness that rivals the farm’s history—Elizabeth Brundage offers a rich and complex portrait of the scars that can haunt a community for generations and the dark longings inside each and every one of us that drive us to do inexplicable things.
Review of All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage
It’s good, but that’s it.
It doesn’t have much intrigue. It starts with the murder, but she narrates the events before it’s resolved and one can already guess, more or less, who’s responsible. The writing is pleasant but, at the same time, weird. The dialogues don’t stand out, particularly; they are lost in the middle of the narration. This interrupts the fluidity of the reading rather than help it.
The character of the dead woman’s husband should be highlighted, since he’s quite weird.
The ending is quite disappointing, apart from expected. And the person responsible for the murder doesn’t receive enough punishment, in my opinion.