All Things Cease to Appear

All Things Cease to Appear

Large Print - 2016 | Large print edition
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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. While his parents rescue him from suspicion, a persistent cop is stymied at every turn in proving Clare a heartless murderer. Behind one crime are others, and more than twenty years will pass before a hard kind of justice is finally served.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2016
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781410489852
141048985X
Branch Call Number: x Large Print Coll
Characteristics: large print
669 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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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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