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 solid their spell over the Courtlands, a tender relations from the plains taking a final summer season holiday sooner than their daughter starts collage. For eighteen-year-old Caitlin, the mountains loom because the final attempt of her runner's center, whereas her mom and dad desire that quite a bit attractiveness, rather a lot grandeur, will in some way fix a broken marriage. but if Caitlin and her more youthful brother, Sean, exit for an early morning run and in simple terms Sean returns, the mountains develop into as terrifying as they're majestic, as without notice this relatives locate themselves dwelling the type of nightmare they've in simple terms examine in headlines
or visible on TV.
As their global 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, the entire 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 deliver themselves to invite: At what element does a family members cease looking? At what element will a lady cease combating for her life?
Written with a precision that captures each emotion, each second of worry, as each one family member searches for solutions, Descent is a superbly crafted mystery that races like an avalanche towards its heart-pounding end, and heralds the coming of a grasp storyteller.
"If you take pleasure in shiny 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 family members, survival, and the ability of a unmarried selection. You'll be in Johnston's unrelenting narrative grip until eventually the ultimate web page, and his tale will stick with you lengthy after it's performed. a very attractive read." —Lisa Unger, writer of In the Blood
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Her heart leaping wildly—Caitlin! What is it, she cried, what is it? They were upon her, they came crashing over the fallen leaves in the dark, putting their hands on her. Grant’s face, inscrutable behind the beam of light— Angie, Christ . . we thought we’d lost you. 9 On certain hot days after the work was done Emmet would step onto his porch across the way with a beer and sit in one of the wooden rockers and stare out at the land. In time Grant would come over and they’d sit and talk about what the weather was bringing and what must be mowed or painted or planted or mended the next day, watching the dusk slide down.
A woman came up behind him, a little boy in tow. Same woman, same little boy. The woman didn’t seem to believe what she was seeing. Angela smiled at the old man. ” The old man touched the tweed cap and got slowly to his feet. The little boy handed him his cane. ” 7 At midmorning Grant helped the old Labrador into the cab, then drove the three miles through the foothills to the cafe for his coffee and eggs and the Denver paper. Other such Saturdays, when he would return to the truck an hour, sometimes two hours later, the dog would be asleep on the bench seat, having been asleep the entire time, but on this morning, when he returned after only thirty minutes, the dog lifted her head and watched him glassily, as if puzzled in her dog brain to see him back so soon.
In her chest. She remembered the hour, the minute, she was born: precious small head, the known, perfect-formed weight of it. All her fears of motherhood—of unreadiness, of unfitness—vanishing at the sight of that plum-colored face mewling in outrage. My child, my life. She pushed aside the covers and sat up. Got to her feet. Crossed the creaking floor and opened the heavy drapes on a gray dawn. No movement in the leaves of the elm tree. The street and the sidewalk dry. The most ordinary of days.
Descent: A Novel by Tim Johnston