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All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage

All Things Cease to Appear


We love supporting debut authors. Congrats, Elizabeth Brundage, on your first book!

by Elizabeth Brundage

Quick take

If stories involving axes and ghosts and cars being purposely nudged off cliffs aren't for you, avoid this mesmerizing novel at all costs.

Why I love it

All Things Cease to Appear shouldn't be read while alone. It shouldn't be read when it's dark and stormy. And it shouldn't be read in the company of someone you don't quite trust, who's peering at you with an odd expression on his face.

From the opening scene, when George arrives at his neighbor's home carrying his young daughter, Franny, who's barefoot even though they're in the midst of a blizzard, you can feel the presence of something dark and sinister. The landscape is desolate; the old farmhouse to which George, Catherine and Franny have moved after leaving New York City may be haunted; the patriarch of the family is allergic to the truth. Oh, and the characters feel as if they could as easily inhabit the cast of the movie Fargo. (And can it be an accident that the town where this transpires is Chosen?)

If stories involving axes and ghosts and cars being purposely nudged off cliffs aren't for you, avoid this mesmerizing novel at all costs. If being stranded in the middle of nowhere with a man you think may have something sinister on his mind makes you think The Shining, by all means steer clear.

However, if you crave a creepy literary thriller you can easily envision on the big screen, turn on all the lights, settle into a comfy chair near a blazing fire, and meet the eerie protagonists of this sexy, chilling, work of fiction. Brrrrrr.

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Member ratings (393)

  • Marty U.

    Rochester, MN

    Why do people not give this book 5 stars? Beautiful writing. A story so vulnerable it hurts and yet you keep turning pages because there's an invisible beauty in the mess of it all. Absolutely loved!

  • Mckenzie R.

    Minneapolis, MN

    This is a story that moves with a sweet slowness, leaving you aware that each detail mentioned plays a huge role in the final outcome. This was a fantastic, beautifully written, spine chilling read!!

  • Kristy L.

    Roswell, GA

    It took me awhile to get used to the fact that the author didn't use any quotation marks. That made it confusing as to what was being spoken out loud. But I couldn't put it down once it picked up!

  • Catherine D.

    North Liberty, IA

    Best book I've read is so long.... I loved the descriptiveness (which I am usually far too impatient for) and it all seemed so real and unbelievable at once. Obsessed. Love. This. Book.

  • Stacey B.

    Jacksonville, NC

    My all time favorite book now! The writing was spectacular. It was so description (but not in a boring way) that I felt like I was there and like I knew all the characters.