All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage
My Rating: 4/5
The novel opens with George Clare, cradling his toddler Franny in his arms, standing outside his neighbor’s door in rural Chosen, having found his wife, Catharine, murdered in their bedroom at the Hale farmhouse. Things are not as they seem and the story that unfolds involves the entire town, including the farmhouse’s previous owners who took their lives and left their three boys behind.
Billed as a thriller this is instead a thoughtful and excellently written look at the happiness and tragedies of small town life. Told from the viewpoint of multiple narrators the story belongs to no one person. The ending was the only weakness to the novel–I found it neatly tied up each storyline unnecessarily. Highly recommend for the beautiful writing and provocative tale.