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Descent

A Novel

By Tim Johnston

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Published By
Algonquin Books
Categories
Number Of Pages
384
Publication Date
January 06, 2015
ISBN
9781616204303

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Don't miss Tim Johnston's new novel, The Current, available January 22, 2019!

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 only Sean 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 is not 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 a great story and a great piece of writing? Gone.” —Esquire
 
“[A] dazzling debut . . . Exquisitely crafted.”  —The Dallas Morning News 
 
“Incredibly powerful, richly atmospheric.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune 
 
“ [An] engulfing thriller-cum-western.” —The New York Times Book Review 
 
 “Brilliant . . . As gripping as any Everest expedition.” —Peter Heller, author of The Dog Stars

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Review quotes

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 real; 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

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 real; 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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Published By
Algonquin Books
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Number Of Pages
384
Publication Date
January 06, 2015
ISBN
9781616204303

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