Books, Thriller/Mystery

All Things Cease To Appear by Elizabeth Brundage Review

It’s hard to see what’s good, what’s right, when you’re in the middle of it.”

Excerpt from:
All Things Cease To Appear
by Elizabeth Brundage
Synopsis From Penguin Random House

Recent transplants to the small town of Chosen, New York, the Clares have not received the warmest welcome; once a thriving dairy farm, their home is haunted by the tragedy that left the former owner’s three sons orphaned and adrift.

Late one winter afternoon, professor George Clare knocks on his neighbor’s door with terrible news: he returned from work to find his wife, Catherine, murdered in their bed. Someone took an ax to her head while their three-year-old daughter, Franny, played alone in her room across the hall.

After seeing the teaser for the film adaptation of this novel on Netflix, I decided to read it. I prefer to read the novel version before watching the movie, so when I learned that the film “Things Heard & Seen” was based on this novel, I went out and read it.

The conversation in this book contains no quote marks at all, which is not something I like in a book. I became so lost in the text that I can’t tell if someone is speaking already or who is saying those phrases. Absolutely no signs. Even though I am aware that this book belongs to the psychological thriller genre, which I truly enjoy, I found the book to be both confusing and boring. Additionally, it got to the point where I lost interest in everything that was going on and began skipping some sentences and paragraphs since it was uninteresting. Even when the plot eventually reached the present, nothing occurred.

Its abrupt changes between scenes from the past and the present are another thing I don’t like. It was quite difficult for me since I found it difficult to understand what was occurring and it left me feeling extremely worn out after reading this lengthy book.

Honestly, I felt disappointed to this novel. I am not recommending it. 😑

My Overall Rating

Rating: 1 out of 5.

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