Brundage carefully outlines the tangled relationships of love and ambition among three students in stylized prose; her central concept of photography is evocative both literally and metaphorically. Starting out slow-paced and character-driven, the story picks up speed once there’s the mystery of Rye’s disappearance. Recommended for readers of Anne Tyler or William Boyd.
The novel moves smoothly between the points of view of the five principal characters as it shifts between past and present. An ambitious, literary novel, The Vanishing Point is distinguished by its characterizations, its pervasive air of melancholy, and its beautiful style ... Not surprisingly, there is a great deal of thought-provoking attention given to the meaning and aesthetics of photography, and, like great photography, the novel is ultimately a work of memorable art.