13/06/2016

Killer Review: All Things Cease To Appear by Elizabeth Brundage

*Claudia's reviews are tailored for you US fans (with distinct tastes in fiction) for books sold in your territories* 





Blurb: Late one winter afternoon in upstate New York, George Clare comes home to find his wife murdered and their three-year-old daughter alone--for how many hours?--in her room down the hall. He had recently, begrudgingly, taken a position at the private college nearby teaching art history, and moved his family into this tight-knit, impoverished town. And he is the immediate suspect--the question of his guilt echoing in a story shot through with secrets both personal and professional. While his parents rescue him from suspicion, a persistent cop is stymied at every turn in proving Clare a heartless murderer. The pall of death is ongoing, and relentless; behind one crime are others, and more than twenty years will pass before a hard kind of justice is finally served. At once a classic "who-dun-it" that morphs into a "why-and-how-dun-it," this is also a rich and complex portrait of a psychopath and a marriage, and an astute study of the various taints that can scar very different families, and even an entire community.

CLAUDIA'S (@RocksClaudia) REVIEW 

"Are you happy?"
"I don't know." She said, "What's happy?"
"You're asking the wrong person" He said. "I'm no expert on happy"

The book starts with a bang..a gruelling murder of a housewife(Catherine), her suspicious husband(George) and their bubbly three year old daughter(Franny). All this in the prologue. Thus I prepared myself for a nerve wracking thriller.

However the focal point changed in the next chapter and we were introduced to a sweet little boy and his family who lived in the house before George and his wife. This book talks about two very different  families (the Hales and the Clares) who lived in a farmhouse at different points in time and the shocking similar tragedies that befell them. It touches on the ties that bind women in marriages so that they won't leave no matter how abusive it becomes. All Things Cease to Appear takes you on a journey of over two decades into the lives of the psychopathic George and his unhappy wife. And throughout my reading of this book I wondered who killed Catherine. A curiosity propelling me towards the end of this novel.

My Rating: Four-out-of-five stars (4/5)

The only reason I give this book four stars instead of five is the lengthy backstories each character had which in a way disrupted the flow of the story. However for the first time ever it was difficult for me to have a favorite character—I loved them all... well, apart from George who was the textbook description of a psychopath.
So here goes my review with as little 
spoilers as possible.

All Things Cease To Appear is available on Amazon

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