Descent

Descent

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The Rocky Mountains have cast their spell over the Courtlands, a young family from the plains taking a last summer vacation before their daughter begins college. For eighteen-year-old Caitlin, the mountains loom as the ultimate test of her runner's heart, while her parents hope that so much beauty, so much grandeur, will somehow repair a damaged marriage. 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, as suddenly this family find themselves living the kind of nightmare they've only read about in headlines.
Publisher: New York :, Algonquin Books
Copyright Date: ♭2015
ISBN: 9781616204303
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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MamaLovesBooks
Feb 07, 2017

Read this book. It had me reading deep into the night to find out how it ended. The next morning, I had to recap it to my friend and loan it out to another friend. This is a book that was lent to me and I am determined to lend it out over and over again. Not only is the story gripping, but the author's craft - symbolism, metaphor, and foreshadowing, make it a magical work of literature rarely found in a mystery novel (anymore). Just read it and prepare to finish the last 70+ pages in one night.

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luvmybookywooks
Feb 06, 2017

Although a little hard to follow at the beginning because of multiple timelines, I made myself slow down and enjoy the wonderful writing of Mr. Johnston.

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ninigirl
Apr 15, 2016

Good read. It could happen to anyone. Enjoyed the scary parts:) Good thriller.

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tonyalockman
Feb 13, 2016

When I first read the jacket description I wondered if I should even be reading this book, but it was a good and interesting book and so I kept on until the end. But I really wish I would have left this one alone. Left me feeling too sad.

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mjk236sb
Feb 10, 2016

Really enjoyed this book - extremely well written. Looks at the family and their reaction to losing their daughter to what they do not know. The never give up looking for her and missing her. This book has an ending you never saw coming. Engrossing until the end.

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claireswazey
Jan 17, 2016

Engrossing and horrifying thriller.

cathyf3 Jan 05, 2016

A typical family outing, that goes so wrong. Their daughter is going off to college, so they take a family vacation to Colorado. The first day Caitlyn goes for a jog with her younger brother. Then a truck comes down and grabs her and hits her brother. Caitlyn is gone.
Her brother survives, but the family never gives up in finding her. The ending is chilling.

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anfieldfan
Aug 17, 2015

Really enjoyed this book; look forward to more by this author.

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cknightkc
Jul 18, 2015

DESCENT has been referred to as a "literary thriller", & I couldn't agree more. The author's prose & description of place (the Rocky Mountains) are spot on. Characters are multi-dimensional. Much of this novel is devoted to the impact of a girl's tragic abduction & disappearance on the lives of her family & various inhabitants of a small Colorado community. If you expect a fast-paced thriller, you'll be disappointed, however the final 100 pages are particularly intense with a surprising twist at the end.

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sammythe1dog
May 29, 2015

I agree with kwehner1987. Had to stop reading after about 100 pages. The story jumps everywhere and goes nowhere.

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