A Novel

Book - 2015
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A girl vanishes "on a sunny, late-summer vacation morning" and thus begins a "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?"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: Chapel Hill : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2015
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9781616203047
Characteristics: 374 pages ; 24 cm


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Feb 02, 2018

Hmmm. I’m trying to understand the attraction to this story and author as so many have mentioned. It’s not that it was a bad book; it just didn’t have any great suspense or out of the ordinary experience.
Like others, I also had to re-read a few paragraphs to understand who the author was referring to or who was talking. It does jump around between characters and their lives, so that was a bit disjointed.

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.

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.

Apr 15, 2016

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

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.

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.

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.

Aug 17, 2015

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

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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