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At Rye Adler’s funeral, they didn’t bury his body – or the rivalry of his closest enemy.  A gripping literary thriller by the author of the “wrenching and exhilarating” All Things Cease to Appear (Wall Street Journal).   Julian Ladd and Rye Adler cross paths as photography students in the exclusive Brodsky Workshop.  When Rye needs a roommate, Julian moves in, and a quiet, c At Rye Adler’s funeral, they didn’t bury his body – or the rivalry of his closest enemy.  A gripping literary thriller by the author of the “wrenching and exhilarating” All Things Cease to Appear (Wall Street Journal).   Julian Ladd and Rye Adler cross paths as photography students in the exclusive Brodsky Workshop.  When Rye needs a roommate, Julian moves in, and a quiet, compulsive envy takes root, assuring, at least in his own mind, that he will never achieve Rye’s certain success.  Both men are fascinated with their beautiful and talented classmate, Magda, whose captivating images of her Polish neighborhood set her apart, and each will come to know her intimately – a woman neither can possess and only one can love.    Twenty years later, long after their paths diverge, Rye is at the top of his field, famous for his photographs of celebrities and far removed from the downtrodden and disenfranchised subjects who’d secured his reputation as the eye of his generation. When Magda reenters his life, asking for help only he can give, Rye finds himself in a broken landscape of street people and addicts, forcing him to reckon with the artist he once was, until his search for a missing boy becomes his own desperate fight to survive.   Months later, when Julian discovers Rye’s obituary, the paper makes it sound like a suicide.  Despite himself, Julian attends the funeral, where there is no casket and no body.  This sudden reentry into a world he thought he left behind forces Julian to question not only Rye’s death, but the very foundations of his life.   In this eerie and evocative novel, Elizabeth Brundage establishes herself as one of the premiere authors of literary fiction at work today.


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At Rye Adler’s funeral, they didn’t bury his body – or the rivalry of his closest enemy.  A gripping literary thriller by the author of the “wrenching and exhilarating” All Things Cease to Appear (Wall Street Journal).   Julian Ladd and Rye Adler cross paths as photography students in the exclusive Brodsky Workshop.  When Rye needs a roommate, Julian moves in, and a quiet, c At Rye Adler’s funeral, they didn’t bury his body – or the rivalry of his closest enemy.  A gripping literary thriller by the author of the “wrenching and exhilarating” All Things Cease to Appear (Wall Street Journal).   Julian Ladd and Rye Adler cross paths as photography students in the exclusive Brodsky Workshop.  When Rye needs a roommate, Julian moves in, and a quiet, compulsive envy takes root, assuring, at least in his own mind, that he will never achieve Rye’s certain success.  Both men are fascinated with their beautiful and talented classmate, Magda, whose captivating images of her Polish neighborhood set her apart, and each will come to know her intimately – a woman neither can possess and only one can love.    Twenty years later, long after their paths diverge, Rye is at the top of his field, famous for his photographs of celebrities and far removed from the downtrodden and disenfranchised subjects who’d secured his reputation as the eye of his generation. When Magda reenters his life, asking for help only he can give, Rye finds himself in a broken landscape of street people and addicts, forcing him to reckon with the artist he once was, until his search for a missing boy becomes his own desperate fight to survive.   Months later, when Julian discovers Rye’s obituary, the paper makes it sound like a suicide.  Despite himself, Julian attends the funeral, where there is no casket and no body.  This sudden reentry into a world he thought he left behind forces Julian to question not only Rye’s death, but the very foundations of his life.   In this eerie and evocative novel, Elizabeth Brundage establishes herself as one of the premiere authors of literary fiction at work today.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    I am an outlier in my not favoring “The Vanishing Point” by Elizabeth Brundage. This is billed as a literary thriller; it is literary, and a slow burn of a thriller. But I was not invested in any of the characters….I just didn’t care. This leads to the discussion that a novel needs to have likable characters to be a good one. I have wholly enjoyed novels with unlikeable characters (Girl on a Train for an example). This story is full of selfish characters that I could not connect with thus didn’t I am an outlier in my not favoring “The Vanishing Point” by Elizabeth Brundage. This is billed as a literary thriller; it is literary, and a slow burn of a thriller. But I was not invested in any of the characters….I just didn’t care. This leads to the discussion that a novel needs to have likable characters to be a good one. I have wholly enjoyed novels with unlikeable characters (Girl on a Train for an example). This story is full of selfish characters that I could not connect with thus didn’t care about. I could not wait to be done with the story. Two photography students meet at an exclusive workshop. They end up being roommates, and competitors. Julian, is envious of his roommate Rye. Both men have their eye on a female classmate, Magda. Rye, however, has a long term commitment with a woman, Simone, whom he eventually marries, but not before he cheats with Magda. The story opens with Rye presumed dead after being missing for weeks. Julian goes to Rye’s funeral service, surprised that Rye is suspected of committing suicide. We get the backstory as to what happened to Rye and Julian after the workshop. Plus, we find out where Rye was before the authorities found his vehicle with keys in the ignition and a note left behind. We also learn of Magna, who is now married to Julian, and her ties to Rye. It's a drama involving unlikable self-involved characters. My review is most likely because I wasn’t in the mood for this, as it was beautifully written. Nonetheless, I truly didn’t care what happened to Rye. 5 stars for literary work, 2 stars for story.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    4.5 stars, rounded up “Photographers are always dealing with things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.” Henri Cartier-Bresson This book appealed to me for two reasons. I had enjoyed Brundage’s prior book, All Things Cease to Appear, and I’m a huge fan of photography. The book concerns two photographers that meet at an exclusive photography workshop when they’re in their twenties. One goes on to become f 4.5 stars, rounded up “Photographers are always dealing with things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.” Henri Cartier-Bresson This book appealed to me for two reasons. I had enjoyed Brundage’s prior book, All Things Cease to Appear, and I’m a huge fan of photography. The book concerns two photographers that meet at an exclusive photography workshop when they’re in their twenties. One goes on to become famous, the other never makes it. Now, the first, Rye Adler, is dead, an apparent suicide. But his body is never recovered. The book is about relationships, parenthood, finding meaning in life, trust, envy and addiction. Chapters alternate between five characters, including Julian, the photographer who gave up and went into advertising and Rye. We see how their lives all intertwine. This is a dark story and it gets darker the further along it goes. Success certainly doesn’t guarantee happiness. None of the characters are easy people to like, especially the more we learn about them. Yet, I still felt a lot of sympathy for all of them. I found myself worrying about them. It’s a beautifully written book, one meant to be savored. I was engrossed by the descriptions of what it means to be a photographer, how one sees the world, the philosophy of photography, if you will. It dragged a little in the middle, but the ending was perfect - messy like real life, filled with love. It was interesting to read the Acknowledgments and see that Brundage set out to write a book about photography and what it means as a metaphor for our times. Warning - This is one of those books that eschews quotation marks. My thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for an advance copy of this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    "Envy eats nothing but its own heart." (Proverb) Elizabeth Brundage presents a well-crafted voyage into the streams coursing through the hearts of two completely different individuals. Fate seems to bring people together under the oddest of circumstances and then rushes them out to sea in opposing waves. The Vanishing Point begins simply with a brief obituary tucked into the corner of a newspaper. Julian Ladd instantly recognizes the name. There's a history here. Julian runs his finger over the na "Envy eats nothing but its own heart." (Proverb) Elizabeth Brundage presents a well-crafted voyage into the streams coursing through the hearts of two completely different individuals. Fate seems to bring people together under the oddest of circumstances and then rushes them out to sea in opposing waves. The Vanishing Point begins simply with a brief obituary tucked into the corner of a newspaper. Julian Ladd instantly recognizes the name. There's a history here. Julian runs his finger over the name. He and Rye Adler attended the famous Brodsky Photography Workshop together over twenty years ago. Julian knew in an instant that Rye possessed a talent that hovered within his nature. A talent that needed no instruction. Rye had a vision that few could even imagine. And even at different ends of life's tangent, Julian and Rye, oddly, became roommates in a small apartment in New York City while attending the workshop. Julian was the observer of Rye's success. No matter what effort he put into the workshop, he would never attain Rye's status. And at the core of this strange pairing is a woman.....the beautiful and talented Magda who captures the stillness of the human experience with her camera lens. Magda, born in Poland, came to New York as a child. There were still hints of a Polish accent so many years later. She embellished her wardrobe with flowing gypsy skirts that competed with the deep waves of her long hair. Magda would be long remembered by these two men and the immense impact that she would have on their lives. Julian feels compelled to attend the funeral for Rye even after all these years. The obituary hints at a possible suicide. The truly artistic ones seem to have a restless spirit. And it is here that Julian will meet Rye's wife, Simone. Simone lectures at a local college. She and Rye lived out in the country, although Rye's photography took him on long trips around the world. Brundage does a remarkable job in her portrayal of the lonely Simone who has dedicated herself to the wandering Rye. Simone is deeply carved and bruised by her life's choices. Prepare yourself for The Vanishing Point. There is a knotted thread of mystery wrapped around this one. All is not what it appears. And we will find that to be so true as these characters stand rigidly in the same shadowy circle twenty years later. There are darkly guarded secrets between them that will climax with a loud crescendo at the end. Elizabeth Brundage has a particular talent for sculpting her characters within a beacon of light at just the right moments. Keep an eye out for The Vanishing Point as it comes out in May 2021. It's one not to be missed. I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to Little, Brown and Company and Elizabeth Brundage for the opportunity.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown & Company for an egalley in exchange for an honest review. In her latest mystery, Elizabeth Brundage tells her story from the perspective of 5 characters as their lives intersect in a soap opera-ish type of way. The characters in this book have earned my disgust and ultimately I will not be talking to any of them at the next photography exhibit. In all seriousness, I did like the concept of " looking through the lens" at how people behave and think. I c Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown & Company for an egalley in exchange for an honest review. In her latest mystery, Elizabeth Brundage tells her story from the perspective of 5 characters as their lives intersect in a soap opera-ish type of way. The characters in this book have earned my disgust and ultimately I will not be talking to any of them at the next photography exhibit. In all seriousness, I did like the concept of " looking through the lens" at how people behave and think. I can even get past the idea that I didn't really like or connect to any of the characters. However, I found the plot a little too slow for my liking and I felt unaffected by the ending. Publication Date 18/05/21 Goodreads review 16/06/21 #TheVanishingPoint #NetGalley

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    Listened to this on a road trip. After loving, All Things Cease to Appear, by this author I was anxious for her next. Sadly I was very disappointed. I wanted a psychological thriller with an art connections and while this started out in that vein I found the Art--photography--had little to do with actual story. Two young men meet at a famous Photography workshop and both fall in love with a young woman who is also attending. One young man becomes famous, the other commercializes his art by takin Listened to this on a road trip. After loving, All Things Cease to Appear, by this author I was anxious for her next. Sadly I was very disappointed. I wanted a psychological thriller with an art connections and while this started out in that vein I found the Art--photography--had little to do with actual story. Two young men meet at a famous Photography workshop and both fall in love with a young woman who is also attending. One young man becomes famous, the other commercializes his art by taking a job in advertising and makes money but is not famous and loses the Art aspect that the other man's photographs are famous for. The young woman remains pivotal in both of their lives. The story begins at the funeral of the famous photographer but his body has not been found and it is believed he committed suicide. This is the obvious mystery: is he alive?, did he commit suicide or was he murdered and why? From their we move back and forth in time to explain how our three main characters paths crossed and to explain the event that opened the story and its aftermath. It was far from a thriller and I found most of the conversations and action boring and rather banal. There was little here that had not been done and said many times before. Even the end felt less than satisfying and the moment of tension flat. Wanted to love it and did make it all the way through but in all I felt it was not even close the to enjoyment I had found in her previous book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Emily Matthys

    I first discovered Elizabeth Brundage quite by accident, as a result of my fondness for used and second-hand books. I found a tattered copy of The Doctor’s Wife and immediately fell in love with her beautiful prose, so stunning, in fact, that the incredible plot felt like a second gift. So, when I read that she had a new book coming out, I knew I had to read it. I am so glad that I did. •Vanishing points are the points at which lines appear to converge• The Vanishing Point is a novel about all th I first discovered Elizabeth Brundage quite by accident, as a result of my fondness for used and second-hand books. I found a tattered copy of The Doctor’s Wife and immediately fell in love with her beautiful prose, so stunning, in fact, that the incredible plot felt like a second gift. So, when I read that she had a new book coming out, I knew I had to read it. I am so glad that I did. •Vanishing points are the points at which lines appear to converge• The Vanishing Point is a novel about all the ways we can be changed by feelings - even those we may not be aware exist. It is about the intersections and cross-sections of our lives, our memories, and our secrets. It is a dissection of jealousy, perceived ownership, and the lies that we tell ourselves even more than those we try to sell others. It is a sermon on a mother’s love and her absolute willingness to sacrifice everything for her child, her heart beating outside her body, her very soul made flesh. It is also a language unto itself. It is immersive and entangling and bold, sucking you under in the most ravishing and lovely ways and wringing you out on some distant shore, hours passed without notice. I spend a great deal of my time locked into a book, but Elizabeth Brundage writes the ones to which I hope the key gets lost. “I am trying to get lost again.” ~Dorothea Lange 5/5 ✨, remarkable, staggering, outstanding.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Geonn Cannon

    A book so blah I literally forgot to come mark it as read when I finished. This might be a two-star book in the end, but no quotation marks around dialogue means an automatic star deduction. Just stop doing that. It doesn't make you Cormac McCarthy and it doesn't make your book anything but harder to read. Go back to Writing 101 and don't come out until you know the rules well enough to break them. Also, a book about photographers seemed obsessed with telling instead of showing. No connection to A book so blah I literally forgot to come mark it as read when I finished. This might be a two-star book in the end, but no quotation marks around dialogue means an automatic star deduction. Just stop doing that. It doesn't make you Cormac McCarthy and it doesn't make your book anything but harder to read. Go back to Writing 101 and don't come out until you know the rules well enough to break them. Also, a book about photographers seemed obsessed with telling instead of showing. No connection to any of the characters or what happened to them. I read this book very quickly and it still felt like a waste of time. Worthy of one star because at least it serves as a warning to avoid this author in the future.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    Am mystified by all the rave reviews. A pretentious series of character studies which link to loosely form something that might be considered a story. Got about a third of the way through it, but I couldn't bring myself to care. Am mystified by all the rave reviews. A pretentious series of character studies which link to loosely form something that might be considered a story. Got about a third of the way through it, but I couldn't bring myself to care.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    Another wonderful read by Ms. Brundage. I don't know what I'll do waiting for her next novel! Another wonderful read by Ms. Brundage. I don't know what I'll do waiting for her next novel!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Denise Westlake

    Read only first 94 pages. Doesn't hold my interest. Moving on... Read only first 94 pages. Doesn't hold my interest. Moving on...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    Julian Ladd and Ryan Adler were roommates at a famous photography workshop as young adults. They were never truly friends. There was always an undertone of competition between the two of them and jealousy when one had something the other wanted. This book picks up many years later when Julian reads that Ryan has passed away. Even though they were never close, he's drawn to the funeral. The Vanishing Point was a beautifully written novel that blends past and present events with a bit of a mystery. Julian Ladd and Ryan Adler were roommates at a famous photography workshop as young adults. They were never truly friends. There was always an undertone of competition between the two of them and jealousy when one had something the other wanted. This book picks up many years later when Julian reads that Ryan has passed away. Even though they were never close, he's drawn to the funeral. The Vanishing Point was a beautifully written novel that blends past and present events with a bit of a mystery. There are events that aren't exactly what they appear and the reader can't take anything at face value. The Vanishing Point was a wonderful read that was even more than I originally anticipated. Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC. I voluntarily chose to review it and the opinions contained within are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an impartial review. As a huge fan of All Things Cease to Disappear, I was ready to be swept away by The Vanishing Point. Unfortunately, this novel is not for me. Brundage is a beautiful, insightful writer and I know many people will love this book. Currently, I am just uninterested in reading about the internal struggles of men wrestling with their ambition and their egos, their battles over an enigmatic, careless woman. There is a l I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an impartial review. As a huge fan of All Things Cease to Disappear, I was ready to be swept away by The Vanishing Point. Unfortunately, this novel is not for me. Brundage is a beautiful, insightful writer and I know many people will love this book. Currently, I am just uninterested in reading about the internal struggles of men wrestling with their ambition and their egos, their battles over an enigmatic, careless woman. There is a lot of gorgeous and thoughtful writing about the philosophy of photography, the act of seeing, capturing, considering images and I think readers who are also photographers will particularly enjoy this title. I will continue to follow Brundage and give her next one a try.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lori Cote Scott

    This novel is achingly beautiful. Elizabeth Brundage has somehow managed to surpass the brilliance of her last novel “All Things Cease To Apper” with this stunning masterpiece so aptly titled “The Vanishing Point”! I am speechless. BRAVO 👏 ❤️📚

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lynda Stevenson

    Brilliant, intoxicating, moving novel. I savored every word ❤️Elizabeth’s writing is achingly beautiful.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Leslie Lindsay

    A spare, unflinching, gorgeously rendered tale of intersections and cross-sections of our lives, the memories, jealousies, secrets, and more Looking for your next great read? Check out my reviews and interviews here, every Wednesday: www.leslielindsay.com|Always with a Book. Elizabeth Brundage and this title featured in June 2021 I am swooning over THE VANISHING POINT (Little, Brown May 18 2021) by Elizabeth Brundage. It's eerie, evocative, entangling and pulls at a knotted thread of mystery. Her A spare, unflinching, gorgeously rendered tale of intersections and cross-sections of our lives, the memories, jealousies, secrets, and more Looking for your next great read? Check out my reviews and interviews here, every Wednesday: www.leslielindsay.com|Always with a Book. Elizabeth Brundage and this title featured in June 2021 I am swooning over THE VANISHING POINT (Little, Brown May 18 2021) by Elizabeth Brundage. It's eerie, evocative, entangling and pulls at a knotted thread of mystery. Here it has all of the hallmarks for gorgeous prose: it's emotionally resonate leaving the reader with residual feelings and thoughts while as the same time, generating forward momentum, it's stunning. Julian Ladd and Rye Adler are photography students--and roommates, briefly--in an exclusive workshop, where they are mentored by Brodsky, a photography great. It's mostly men, but there's a woman, too, Magda, a Polish immigrant who has spent most of her life in the U.S. Both men are fascinated and captivated by her, but no one can seem to 'have' her. Julian and Rye's lives diverge; they take different paths. Julian becomes ensconced in the pharmaceutical industry and Rye pursues photography. In fact, he's at the top of his game, snapping photographs of celebrities and the like. But now someone's dead--at least presumed to be--there is no body, but speculation swirls: was an accident? Suicide? Traversing decades and exploring such themes of our changing world, about the denouncement of relationships, the fleeting images of our past and even our present. THE VANISHING POINT is highly sophisticated in theme and motifs, exploring those intersections--and cross-sections--of our society from homelessness to the immigrant experience, elitism, addiction, secrets, jealousies, motivation, and so much more. It would almost do the work injustice for me to try to summarize the plot or even my feelings about the book--just read it--you won't be sorry. THE VANISHING POINT is somber and stark but glittering with the most gorgeous and unfiltered prose with sharp descriptions and hugely perceptive. I was reminded, in part, of the work of Anita Shreve meets Thomas Christopher Greene (especially THE PERFECT LIAR), with perhaps a touch of Meredith Hall (BENEFICIENCE and WITHOUT A MAP) For all my reviews, including author reviews (Elizabeth Brundage to appear in June 2021), please visit www.leslielindsay.com|Always with a Book Special thanks to Little, Brown and the author this review copy. I am so grateful. All thoughts are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller

    Rye Adler is dead. When Julian Ladd sees the obituary and the implication of suicide, long-buried memories and emotions rise from their murky depths. Twenty years ago, they had been roommates at an exclusive photography workshop where Rye’s work outshone all the rest. He was everything Julian wasn’t, and to add salt to the wound, he got the girl. Magda was beautiful, sensuous and nearly as gifted as Rye. Julian’s envy clawed at his insides, forming a wound that would fester for years. When the wo Rye Adler is dead. When Julian Ladd sees the obituary and the implication of suicide, long-buried memories and emotions rise from their murky depths. Twenty years ago, they had been roommates at an exclusive photography workshop where Rye’s work outshone all the rest. He was everything Julian wasn’t, and to add salt to the wound, he got the girl. Magda was beautiful, sensuous and nearly as gifted as Rye. Julian’s envy clawed at his insides, forming a wound that would fester for years. When the workshop ends, Rye marries another girl and accepts a job in Africa. Julian runs into the heartbroken Magda a short time later, and their encounter quickly becomes intimate. When she informs him that she’s pregnant, they marry and have a child --- a boy whose eyes are the same color as Rye’s. And so begins a twisted journey to THE VANISHING POINT, where a renowned photographer is proclaimed dead, though his body has not been recovered, an addicted son is missing, and five complex characters question the choices, motives and entanglements that led them to the here and now. Throughout Elizabeth Brundage’s novel, photography serves as a central theme, weaving seamlessly throughout each character’s unfolding dramas and casting hues of darkness and light onto failures, successes and perspectives. And like a photo, the written words take us only so far, and it is up to us to fill in the gaps between what is seen and unseen. The book provides plenty of opportunity for this as we come to know how each character impacted the other and ponder what a fragile soul might be led to do once he or she begins the journey down a dark path. THE VANISHING POINT is truly a work of literary fiction in every aspect of the genre. Words flow like a river through a Monet painting. Thoughts, emotions, self-realizations, regrets and observations saturate each page. It is as lyrical as it is moving, and as messy as it is redemptive. The pace is slow and sometimes nearly motionless, so for those who like to savor every word and get deep into the ruminations and backstory of each character, this is the book for you. It picks up a bit toward the end, which is as complex and layered as the rest of the story, but is nonetheless satisfying. Reviewed by Susan Miura

  17. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    Please visit my book blog https://cavebookreviews.blogspot.com/. Julian Ladd and Rye Adler share a rundown apartment in Philadelphia, where they attend the famous Brodsky photography workshop. Rye starts as a superstar and critiques Julian's work as pointless. The two mismatched roommates separate immediately when the workshop ends. The novel then gives a POV chapter to each of the characters, and tension builds up quickly. Both men are successful but in disparate fields. Rye is nationally known f Please visit my book blog https://cavebookreviews.blogspot.com/. Julian Ladd and Rye Adler share a rundown apartment in Philadelphia, where they attend the famous Brodsky photography workshop. Rye starts as a superstar and critiques Julian's work as pointless. The two mismatched roommates separate immediately when the workshop ends. The novel then gives a POV chapter to each of the characters, and tension builds up quickly. Both men are successful but in disparate fields. Rye is nationally known for his photography, and Julian becomes an advertising executive with a cushy life outside of the city. Julian connected with one other photographer and managed to get her to marry him. Magda comes from a diverse background than the other Brodsky students. She was born in Poland and grew up with a single mother in a poor section of Philadelphia. Magda knows what it is to struggle in everyday life. The narrative includes Magda and eventually their son, Theo. EB writes a captivating story about all of the characters. I wanted to know Simone, Rye's wife, the poet. I wondered how they would meet again after twenty years. A crisis brought Magda and Rye together in NYC, where they shared their twenty years of growing into adults with families. Magda asks Rye for a favor, and the novel revs up to full speed as I wondered how all of what she asked would happen. I enjoyed racing through this new book. It read like a thriller but came with a hefty literary edge. How do we connect with people in our youth and go on to live with decisions made when we barely knew what consequences life will throw at us? Mistakes made in your twenties seem like they can be re-done, if necessary, but often they may be forever decisions. Thank you so much to Little, Brown, and Company through NetGalley for the e-ARC of this novel.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Myers

    Once I finally had uninterrupted time to finish this book, I whizzed through the last 1/3 of it, enthralled by the characters. But the fact that it didn’t seem to bother me that I had long breaks in between reading it made me think it didn’t really capture my attention. The story is told through the viewpoints of Julian, Rye, Magda, Theo and Simone- with most of it through Julian and Rye, who are contemporaries in the photography world. More secrets/backstories get revealed as the story goes and Once I finally had uninterrupted time to finish this book, I whizzed through the last 1/3 of it, enthralled by the characters. But the fact that it didn’t seem to bother me that I had long breaks in between reading it made me think it didn’t really capture my attention. The story is told through the viewpoints of Julian, Rye, Magda, Theo and Simone- with most of it through Julian and Rye, who are contemporaries in the photography world. More secrets/backstories get revealed as the story goes and the character’s musings did make me think about the paths I’ve taken in my own life. However, I also felt the plot wandered a bit, introducing some weird situations that didn’t have any bearing (in my opinion) on the final outcome. Glad I stuck with it to see the resolution, but wouldn’t have been sad If it was due back at the library before I could finish it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alecia

    This was a very well-written character-based novel that has been labeled as a mystery in some reviews. There is some mystery in it, but it is peripheral to the layered, nuanced characters and their interactions with each other in this novel. It is not a light book, and some grim topics are included. So the feeling I had when I read this was a kind of heaviness. But the writing is very good (I also liked her previous novel) and so I enjoyed the book for that reason. My only quibble was :(view spoi This was a very well-written character-based novel that has been labeled as a mystery in some reviews. There is some mystery in it, but it is peripheral to the layered, nuanced characters and their interactions with each other in this novel. It is not a light book, and some grim topics are included. So the feeling I had when I read this was a kind of heaviness. But the writing is very good (I also liked her previous novel) and so I enjoyed the book for that reason. My only quibble was :(view spoiler)[I did not understand the character Rye not wanting to name Julian as the man who almost killed him. Was it because he felt Julian had been "punished" enough by Rye's superior talent and taking away his wife? It didn't seem rational to me (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]

  20. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A combo mystery + family drama; the mystery part falls short. Begins with a successful advertising guy attending a memorial service for the apparent suicide of a former colleague/rival, who’d become a successful photographer. Story then goes into the past, blending people and events. The first 2/3 of the book was very good, but it declined from there. I found it hard to believe that the authorities would conduct such a poor search for Rye, particularly since the encampment where he recuperated w A combo mystery + family drama; the mystery part falls short. Begins with a successful advertising guy attending a memorial service for the apparent suicide of a former colleague/rival, who’d become a successful photographer. Story then goes into the past, blending people and events. The first 2/3 of the book was very good, but it declined from there. I found it hard to believe that the authorities would conduct such a poor search for Rye, particularly since the encampment where he recuperated was right by the river. I was also stumped that Magda and Theo would squat in Rye's Long Island family home for months without making any attempt to locate him or find out what happened.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This is the story of Rye and Julian who both attend a prestigious photography workshop....and who love the same woman, Magda, also a student. Rye becomes a famous photographer and Julian, successful in advertising, marries Magda. When Rye is discovered missing, 20 years later, the story of what happened to these 3 students is revealed and we see the instersection of these 3 lives. Wonderful, very well-written book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Marisa Turpin

    This book was quite close to a 5 for me. I loved that photography was almost it's own character in this novel. How could it not be when the three main players were all photographers at some point, and all met in a special school for it. I feel like not knowing too much going into this book may be the way to go, other than what is listed in the jacket description. I do feel like it was quite beautifully written. It was also obvious that the author researched her subject thoroughly. This book was quite close to a 5 for me. I loved that photography was almost it's own character in this novel. How could it not be when the three main players were all photographers at some point, and all met in a special school for it. I feel like not knowing too much going into this book may be the way to go, other than what is listed in the jacket description. I do feel like it was quite beautifully written. It was also obvious that the author researched her subject thoroughly.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Erika Montgomery

    I tore this through atmospheric and haunting novel--sucked in immediately by the gorgeous writing and kept gripped by the slow-burn build of suspense and tension. Brundage writes so beautifully about the rawness of the heart. Her characters--even those who behave badly--are richly-drawn and written with believable motivation for their actions. I highly recommend.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Winthrop Smith

    Almost perfect The challenge, when a writer tells a story through characters, is how to break it up, who advances what piece, so the reader gets them, but seamlessly, without a hint of art. With photography, there's what's in the image, and what's outside; what's in a series of photographs . If it weren't for how this ends, a 5. Almost perfect The challenge, when a writer tells a story through characters, is how to break it up, who advances what piece, so the reader gets them, but seamlessly, without a hint of art. With photography, there's what's in the image, and what's outside; what's in a series of photographs . If it weren't for how this ends, a 5.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mary Lehnertz

    The only reason I gave this book 4/5 was the slow start. Once I was 50 pages in it was very interesting and beckoned me to read more until I finished the book. Thank you to Hachette Book Group for the advance hard copy of this book for my honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    jack

    clever play on the they were friends in college days (or at a seminar...) and life goes on in their separate ways- or does it? well told and i liked the ending though it wasn't what i was expecting- which is good. page turner for sure. clever play on the they were friends in college days (or at a seminar...) and life goes on in their separate ways- or does it? well told and i liked the ending though it wasn't what i was expecting- which is good. page turner for sure.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    The Vanishing Point started out as what I would categorize as a very "dark" and depressing story. As it developed, I was surprised to find so much hope and redemption. I really did like it when I thought I was not going to. The Vanishing Point started out as what I would categorize as a very "dark" and depressing story. As it developed, I was surprised to find so much hope and redemption. I really did like it when I thought I was not going to.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    There seems to be a new genre of books where there is a great character development but you don’t like any of the characters. This books fit in that niche. That being said the last quarter of the book was more interesting to me.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Deborah

    Well written. Captivating. The story felt a little tangential at the beginning of the last third of the book, but not for long, but then it again seemed a little tangential towards the end. Again, not for long.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Theodore J

    Fascinating and uplifting A great study of humanity from many different perspectives. Like a photograph it captures the intertwined lives of the characters who n a moment and over time. Really loved it.

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