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 family members from the plains taking a final summer season holiday earlier than their daughter starts off university. For eighteen-year-old Caitlin, the mountains loom because the final attempt of her runner's middle, whereas her mom and dad wish that loads attractiveness, lots grandeur, will by some means fix a broken marriage. but if Caitlin and her more youthful brother, Sean, exit for an early morning run and in basic terms Sean returns, the mountains turn into as terrifying as they're majestic, as abruptly this kin locate themselves residing the type of nightmare they've in basic terms examine in headlines
or obvious 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, all of the 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 keeps to bind them jointly are the questions they could by no means deliver themselves to invite: At what aspect does a kin cease looking out? At what aspect will a woman cease scuffling with for her life?
Written with a precision that captures each emotion, each second of worry, as every one family member searches for solutions, Descent is a wonderfully crafted mystery that races like an avalanche towards its heart-pounding end, and heralds the arriving of a grasp storyteller.
"If you take pleasure in shiny writing, clever plots, and gnawing your knuckles, you are going to love 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 relations, survival, and the facility 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 really fascinating read." —Lisa Unger, writer of In the Blood
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DESCE NT 51 Those Meyers twins everybody thought we must go out with? Identically ridiculous. Identically boring. Identically bonered. Oh my God! The bus stopped and the old woman with the tiny dog stood and went carefully down the steps. Angela watched her open up a yellow umbrella on the sidewalk, taking care to keep the dog dry. No one else got on. The door swung shut again and the driver signaled and suddenly Angela was on her feet. “Wait! ” The teenagers, the driver—everyone—watching her make her way, just her, down the aisle.
6 Angela walked. She walked and her mouth was dry and there was the supermarket sign across the street like a bloodstain in the gray, side-blown rain. The trees were lashing themselves. The umbrella filled with wind and lifted, brute and purposeful. When the little walking figure lit up she stepped into the crosswalk and a man said Shit and she stopped just short of the collision—bike and bicyclist skidding by quarter-wise to the road, tires locked, rainwater fanning, a wet grimace of face under the helmet and then the wheels unlocking and the bike righting and the man glancing over his shoulder not to see if she was all right but to tender his disbelief, his fury, before facing forward again and pedaling on through the rain.
He held his wife until she slept again, then he lay with his eyes on the ceiling DESCE NT 31 thinking about that girl in the bunker, the one who texted her mother. Her abductor thought she was just playing games on his phone. He’d kept several girls down there, eventually burying them all nearby. One girl, he said, he kept for two years; they were like husband and wife, he said. People wanted to know why. Mothers in ruin begged it of him. The man shook his head. He looked to the courtroom ceiling as a man would to God.