All Things Cease to Appear

All Things Cease to Appear

Book - 2016
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Arriving home to find his wife murdered and their toddler left alone, art history professor George Clare is targeted with suspicion by a relentless police officer as dark community secrets are revealed over a span of decades.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2016
ISBN: 9781101875599
1101875593
Branch Call Number: FIC Brun
Characteristics: 399 pages ; 25 cm

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htliang
Oct 10, 2017

This is a haunting thriller filled with powerful characters and setting. There were, however, some issues I had with the book. The long wait for the ending was very frustrating; the 400-page story could have been much shorter. There were also many times that I had no idea who was speaking because the author flipped point of view so often. With no quotation marks, it was sometimes difficult to know what was someone's thought, speech, or just part of the story. Here is an example from the book:

The little girl frowned at Mary.
Your poor mommy has a headache?
The child looked at her father uneasily. Mommy sick!
Nothing serious, he said pointedly, standing taller, rigid.
Well, if you could just give her this, Mary said, giving him the flyer. We're having a potluck supper. At church? We'd love for you all to come.
George glanced at the blue sheet, then back at her. I'll give it to her, he said, but she suspected he wouldn't. The way he was looking out at her made her nervous. Something about his eyes made her want to leave immediately.
Thanks so much, she said, her singsong as phony as margarine, feeling his gaze piercing her back as she walked to her car and drove away.

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marynz
Jul 01, 2017

I'm so glad I ordered this book. Beautifully written, seamlessly weaving in and out between characters, giving them all just the right amount of depth. The story starts with the main event, and then gradually gradually reveals the context and perpetrator. Excellent.

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janicemfriesen
Feb 25, 2017

The main character of this book is an old house. I think that it was a fascinating way to tell the story of a few generations of life in a part of a small town. It is full of sadness, but also very compelling. You want to keep reading.

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dcafk
Jun 03, 2016

This is a fantastic book. Wonderful writing. I found it easy to follow which is a testament to the author's amazing skill. This is a story about many unhappy lives, yet I found it engrossing and wholly believable.

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LouWSytsma
May 08, 2016

Helluva of a book. Grim with a blinding sliver of optimism at the end. Written in a distinct interleaving non-linear style without dialogue attribution, will probably be offputting to some but damn this is a rare book where your heart goes out to so many characters.

An impressive piece of writing.

I am in awe of Brundage has accomplished here.

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pvmiele
May 06, 2016

Incredible book. I read it without knowing anything about the plot, and I was hooked immediately. It is so well written, and it never gets boring. 5 stars.

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claireswazey
Apr 28, 2016

Oh gosh, cannot stand this book. The writing style is so cold and stark and hopeless. No quotation marks. Everyone's unpleasant. I do not find myself rooting for any of the characters. I dislike the emphasis of the trivial sad detritus of people's lives. I don't think this writer likes her characters much. Perhaps she doesn't like anyone much. Thumbs down.

ChristchurchLib Apr 10, 2016

Did art history professor George Clare brutally murder his wife in their eerie farmhouse, then leave their toddler alone for hours while he returned to work? It seems likely, especially as the story of their more-than-shaky union unspools. But though both husband and wife carried secrets, so too did the unwelcoming town they'd recently moved to. Part mystery, part horror, and wholly unnerving, this riveting novel has been compared to Gillian Flynn's runaway bestseller Gone Girl, and may also appeal to fans of Jennifer McMahon's The Winter People.

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