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'All Things Cease to Appear' by Elizabeth Brundage: EW review

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All Things Cease to Appear

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Elizabeth Brundage
publisher:
Knopf
genre:
Thriller

We gave it a B+

“The house was cursed. That’s what people said.” But George Clare and his wife, Catherine, fall in love with the battered old farmhouse anyway, and not long after they move in, on a snowy afternoon, George comes home to find Catherine dead and their 3-year-old daughter, Franny, crying plaintively, “Momma hurt.” Brundage unwinds the murder investigation slowly, meandering through George and Catherine’s marriage and weaving in the story of the Hales, the previous owners of the house. Learning who killed Catherine isn’t the point—it’s obvious from the opening pages—but that doesn’t lessen the pleasure of this dark, chilling drama. B+