The stunning vistas of the Rocky Mountains reveal a dark and deadly side in this brilliantly conceived thriller about family ties and the fight for survival.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, is stunning in... show more
The stunning vistas of the Rocky Mountains reveal a dark and deadly side in this brilliantly conceived thriller about family ties and the fight for survival.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, is stunning in its emotional impact--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 of 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? Johnston captures every emotion, every terrifying thought, every moment of loneliness, from the perspectives of everyone in the family—as each in his or her own way assumes responsibility for their collective loss. And in the father we see the last flicker of hope as he pursues every angle and refuses to give up in his belief that his daughter is still alive. Ultimately he finds an answer, in a climax that is stunning in both its execution and its resolution.This combination of a great story and beautiful writing brings to mind the works of Tim Gautreaux, Dennis Lehane, and Russell Banks.
Publish date: January 6th 2015
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Pages no: 416
Edition language: English
Honestly this is going to be a short review. I did not like this book. I thought it was try hard of the most try hard literary books I have read in quite some time. I have no idea why Tim Johnston wrote this book like it was a terrible Dan Brown screenplay, but he did. All of the writing was overwro...
I am so glad to be done with this book. Seriously, I hated it. I know hate is a strong word, and maybe I was just hungry while reading, but I had a seething rage towards this book. I have never been so disappointed by a book, at least not since high school. So let's dive in. Descent is about a fa...
Thank you Algonquin and Net Galley for providing me with this free e-galley in exchange for an honest review. I am also sorry it took me this long to figure out how to download the galley into the appropriate reading medium. I usually use Kindle and this was a different format for me.That being said...
By: Tim JohnstonASIN: B00KNCWLO8Publisher: Algonquin BooksPublication Date: 1/06/2015 Format: AudioMy Rating: 5 Stars + I am utterly speechless! DESCENT has to be made into a movie, and I want a front row seat. Tim Johnston delivers an extraordinary "work of art", narrated by an award-winning perf...