Descent

Descent

eBook - 2015
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The Rocky Mountains have cast their spell over the Courtlands, who are taking a family vacation before their daughter leaves for college. But when Caitlin disappears during an early morning run with her brother, Sean, the mountains become as terrifying as they are majestic. 

The Rocky Mountains have cast their spell over the Courtlands, who are taking a family vacation before their daughter leaves for college. But when Caitlin and her younger brother, Sean, go out for an early morning run and only Sean returns, the mountains become as terrifying as they are majestic. 
 
Written with a precision that captures every emotion, every moment of fear, as each member of the family searches for answers, Descent races like an avalanche toward its heart-pounding conclusion.

“Read this astonishing novel . . . The magic of his prose equals the horror of Johnston’s story.” —The Washington Post

“A compelling thriller that is both creepy and literary . . . Descent is not just a mystery. It is an emotional story of evil, fear, acceptance and irony.”—The Denver Post
 
What makes the novel unforgettable is its sense of character, its deliberate, unadorned prose and Johnston’s unflinching exploration of human endurance, physical and psychological.” —Miami Herald
 
“A super-charged, addictive read.” —The Missourian                                                                   
 
“An original and psychologically deep thriller.” —Outside magazine
 
“Outstanding . . . The days when you had to choose between a great story and a great piece of writing? Gone.” —Esquire
 
“[A] dazzling debut . . . Exquisitely crafted.”  —The Dallas Morning News 
 
“Incredibly powerful, richly atmospheric.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune 
 
“ [An] engulfing thriller-cum-western.” —The New York Times Book Review 
 
 “Brilliant . . . As gripping as any Everest expedition.” —Peter Heller, author of The Dog Stars


Baker & Taylor
"Descent, the story of a family undone by the disappearance of a daughter who went out for a morning run and didn't come back, marks the adult fiction debut of a remarkable young writer. Stunning in its emotional impact, Descent is a compulsively readable page-turner with a strong literary sensibility. The girl's vanishing--on a sunny, late-summer vacation morning--all the more devastating for its mystery, is the beginning the family's harrowing journey down increasingly divergent and solitary paths, until all that continues to bind them to each other are the questions they can never bring themselves to ask: At what point does a family stop searching? At what point does a girl stop fighting for her life? In the weeks and months that follow, hope leads todisillusionment, and each of them--father, mother, son--withdraws into emotional isolation, individually assessing the blame and assuming the responsibility for their collective loss. Haunting and unforgettable, Descent is a novel that will grab the reader's heart and mind, and will linger there long after the last page is turned" --

Publisher: Algonquin Books,, 2015
ISBN: 9781616204303
1616204303
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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MamaLovesBooks
Feb 07, 2017

Read this book. It had me reading deep into the night to find out how it ended. The next morning, I had to recap it to my friend and loan it out to another friend. This is a book that was lent to me and I am determined to lend it out over and over again. Not only is the story gripping, but the author's craft - symbolism, metaphor, and foreshadowing, make it a magical work of literature rarely found in a mystery novel (anymore). Just read it and prepare to finish the last 70+ pages in one night.

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luvmybookywooks
Feb 06, 2017

Although a little hard to follow at the beginning because of multiple timelines, I made myself slow down and enjoy the wonderful writing of Mr. Johnston.

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ninigirl
Apr 15, 2016

Good read. It could happen to anyone. Enjoyed the scary parts:) Good thriller.

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tonyalockman
Feb 13, 2016

When I first read the jacket description I wondered if I should even be reading this book, but it was a good and interesting book and so I kept on until the end. But I really wish I would have left this one alone. Left me feeling too sad.

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mjk236sb
Feb 10, 2016

Really enjoyed this book - extremely well written. Looks at the family and their reaction to losing their daughter to what they do not know. The never give up looking for her and missing her. This book has an ending you never saw coming. Engrossing until the end.

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claireswazey
Jan 17, 2016

Engrossing and horrifying thriller.

cathyf3 Jan 05, 2016

A typical family outing, that goes so wrong. Their daughter is going off to college, so they take a family vacation to Colorado. The first day Caitlyn goes for a jog with her younger brother. Then a truck comes down and grabs her and hits her brother. Caitlyn is gone.
Her brother survives, but the family never gives up in finding her. The ending is chilling.

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anfieldfan
Aug 17, 2015

Really enjoyed this book; look forward to more by this author.

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cknightkc
Jul 18, 2015

DESCENT has been referred to as a "literary thriller", & I couldn't agree more. The author's prose & description of place (the Rocky Mountains) are spot on. Characters are multi-dimensional. Much of this novel is devoted to the impact of a girl's tragic abduction & disappearance on the lives of her family & various inhabitants of a small Colorado community. If you expect a fast-paced thriller, you'll be disappointed, however the final 100 pages are particularly intense with a surprising twist at the end.

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sammythe1dog
May 29, 2015

I agree with kwehner1987. Had to stop reading after about 100 pages. The story jumps everywhere and goes nowhere.

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