Compelling, captivating, hauntingly beautiful

All Things Cease to Appear: A novel - Elizabeth Brundage

I loved every minute of this book about two tragic families, first the Hale family and then the Clare family. I didn’t want the book to end but I feel the story will haunt my heart and mind for some time to come so it’s not really out of my life yet.


George Clare appears at his neighbor’s home one day, carrying his 3-yr-old daughter, Frannie, telling them that something has happened to his wife. Catherine has been murdered and little Frannie left unattended in the house with her dead mother.  So starts a very compelling tale.


While this is an engrossing crime story, it’s much more than that. It’s also the story of marriage, love and family.  It’s the story of three teenage boys trying to come to terms with the loss of their parents and home.  It’s the story of a young woman who married the wrong man and tries to make the best of it.  It’s the story of a man with a dark soul.  It’s the story of an old farmhouse that seems to be cursed and the ghosts that haunt it.  And it’s all so beautifully written it will take your breath away.  From the first chapter to the last, it held me firmly in its grip.


This author has a wonderful insight into human nature and knows how to captivate her reading audience. She obviously is a poet at heart and loves language.  This book is the epitome of why I love to read.  Highly recommended.


This book was given to me by the publisher through First to Read in return for an honest review.