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|A Breakout NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller A USA Today Bestseller An Indie National Bestseller "Outstanding . . . The days when you had to choose between a great story and a great piece of writing? Gone." -- Esquire "The story unfolds brilliantly, always surprisingly . . . The magic of his prose equals the horror of Johnston's story; each somehow enhances the other . . . Read this astonishing novel." -- The Washington Post "Tim Johnston's high-wire literary thriller . . . will leave you gasping." -- Vanity Fair "A riveting literary thriller of the can't-stop-turning-the-page, stay-up-all-night variety." --Alice LaPlante, author of A Circle of Wives The Rocky Mountains have cast their spell over the Courtlands, a young family from the plains taking a last summer vacation before their daughter begins college. For eighteen-year-old Caitlin, the mountains loom as the ultimate test of her runner's heart, while her parents hope that so much beauty, so much grandeur, will somehow repair a damaged marriage. 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, as suddenly this family find themselves living the kind of nightmare they've only read about in headlines or seen on TV. As their world comes undone, the Courtlands are drawn into a vortex of dread and recrimination. Why weren't they more careful? What has happened to their daughter? Is she alive? Will they ever know? Caitlin's disappearance, all the more devastating for its mystery, is the beginning of the family's harrowing journey down increasingly divergent and solitary paths until all that continues to bind them together are the questions they can never bring themselves to ask: At what point does a family stop searching? At what point will a girl stop fighting for her life? Written with a precision that captures every emotion, every moment of fear, as each member of the family searches for answers, Descent is a perfectly crafted thriller that races like an avalanche toward its heart-pounding conclusion, and heralds the arrival of a master storyteller.|
|Publisher||Algonquin Books of CHAPEL Hill|
|eBay Product ID (ePID)||203457466|
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|Number of Pages||400 Pages|
|Lc Classification Number||Ps3610|
|Reviews||"Descent is the best novel I've read in a long time. Unlike most books that fall into the category of Page Turner, this one also falls in the category of Writing So Good You Can't Even Believe It. Johnston has a superhuman gift for watching and listening to the world and rendering, on the page, its beauty and savagery with such detail and power that the story feels almost more like memory than something read. I was so absorbed in the final incredible fifty pages that I missed my flight to La Guardia." --Mary Roach, author of Gulp "Lyrical and hypnotic, Descent is a pulse-pounding thriller of the first order. But it's also a gorgeously written, thought-provoking, and haunting novel about family, survival, and the power of a single choice. You'll be in Johnston's unrelenting narrative grip until the final page, and his story will stay with you long after it's done. A truly captivating read." --Lisa Unger, author of In the Blood "Tim Johnston has crafted a mesmerizing, beautifully written thriller that will engulf you like a snow storm in the Rockies. The grief and confusion of this family undone by loss feels absolutely, heartbreakingly â the mystery of what has become of Caitlin will keep you up all night, turning pages frantically right through the spellbinding conclusion." --Jennifer McMahon, author of The Winter People "Descent is nothing short of miraculous. Tim Johnston knows secrets about families--about mothers and daughters, fathers and sons--and knows how to render them on the page with heartbreaking beauty and lyricism. Most amazing of all, Johnston does this within the context of a riveting literary thriller of the can't-stop-turning-the-page, stay-up-all-night variety. An amazing achievement." --Alice LaPlante, author of A Circle of Wives "Like a punch to the heart, Johnston's darkly addictive story about loss, hope and all the ways we struggle to survive, stuns you in a way you can't possibly forget. With writing as dazzling as fresh snow on the Rockies, and an understanding of people that makes them live and breathe on the page, this edgy, literary thrill-ride is still haunting me days after finishing it." --Caroline Leavitt, author of Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You "Tim Johnston has managed a rare feat: a poignant, heartbreaking story that picks the reader up by the neck and never lets go. From the beginning to the surprising end, Descent is a relentless page-turner, and one of the best books I've read this year." --Haven Kimmel, author of A Girl Named Zippy and Iodine|
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