Tina Jordan
March 17, 2016 AT 03:56 PM EDT

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+

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