Descent (Paperback)

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Eighteen year old Caitlin Courtland's abduction while running in the Colorado mountains, witnessed by her younger brother, sets the stage for a heart pounding and heartbreaking thriller. Descent is masterfully crafted by Tim Johnston as he chronicles the devastating psychological damage done to Caitlin's family and builds on the suspense of Caitlin's whereabouts and fate. It delivers what only the best thrillers can: a page-turning plot with complicated, fully drawn characters, and a whopper of a punch. Descent is a thriller that I'll be thrilled to handsell. ~Cathy L.                                                              

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“Descent is a gripping, utterly engrossing account of a girl's disappearance in the Rocky Mountains. The aftermath of this tragedy is told in alternating voices: the injured brother at the scene of the accident when she left with a stranger to get help; the mother who has been hospitalized and stunned into breathtaking grief; the father who has been unable to leave the small town where the family was vacationing when his daughter disappeared -- and most stunning of all, through the words of the victim herself. A real page-turner with a brilliantly conceived climax!”
— Kelly Estep, Carmichael's Bookstore, Louisville, KY


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 onlySean 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" isnot 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 agreat story and a great piece of writing? Gone. " Esquire" A.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781616204778
ISBN-10: 161620477X
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Publication Date: December 1st, 2015
Pages: 400
Language: English