By Tim Johnston
"A riveting literary mystery of the can't-stop-turning-the-page, stay-up-all-night variety." —Alice LaPlante, writer of A Circle of Wives
The Rocky Mountains have forged their spell over the Courtlands, a tender kinfolk from the plains taking a final summer season holiday earlier than their daughter starts off collage. For eighteen-year-old Caitlin, the mountains loom because the final try out of her runner's center, whereas her mom and dad wish that a lot attractiveness, a lot grandeur, will by some means fix a broken marriage. but if Caitlin and her more youthful brother, Sean, exit for an early morning run and simply Sean returns, the mountains develop into as terrifying as they're majestic, as all at once this relations locate themselves dwelling the type of nightmare they've in basic terms examine in headlines
or noticeable on TV.
As their international comes undone, the Courtlands are drawn right into a vortex of dread and recrimination. Why weren't they extra cautious? What has occurred to their daughter? Is she alive? Will they ever know? Caitlin's disappearance, all of the extra devastating for its secret, is the start of the family's harrowing trip down more and more divergent and solitary paths until eventually all that maintains to bind them jointly are the questions they could by no means carry themselves to invite: At what aspect does a kinfolk cease looking out? At what aspect will a woman cease struggling with for her life?
Written with a precision that captures each emotion, each second of worry, as every one family member searches for solutions, Descent is a wonderfully crafted mystery that races like an avalanche towards its heart-pounding end, and heralds the arriving of a grasp storyteller.
"If you get pleasure from brilliant writing, clever plots, and gnawing your knuckles, you will adore Descent." —Susan Isaacs, writer of Goldberg Variations
"Lyrical and hypnotic, Descent ? is a pulse-pounding mystery of the 1st order. yet it's additionally a gorgeously written, thought-provoking, and haunting novel approximately relatives, survival, and the facility of a unmarried selection. You'll be in Johnston's unrelenting narrative grip till the ultimate web page, and his tale will stick with you lengthy after it's performed. a very appealing read." —Lisa Unger, writer of In the Blood
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Descent: A Novel by Tim Johnston