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Descent (2015)

de Tim Johnston

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"Descent, the story of a family undone by the disappearance of a daughter who went out for a morning run and didn't come back, marks the adult fiction debut of a remarkable young writer. Stunning in its emotional impact, Descent is a compulsively readable page-turner with a strong literary sensibility. The girl's vanishing--on a sunny, late-summer vacation morning--all the more devastating for its mystery, is the beginning the 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? In the weeks and months that follow, hope leads to disillusionment, and each of them--father, mother, son--withdraws into emotional isolation, individually assessing the blame and assuming the responsibility for their collective loss. Haunting and unforgettable, Descent is a novel that will grab the reader's heart and mind, and will linger there long after the last page is turned"--… (més)
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I'd have to say that this is not your typical mystery thriller. It's a little slower paced and not as suspenseful as it doesn't include the investigation or any leads. This story follows the aftermath of the kidnapping of Caitlin and how it affects each member of her family. Beautifully written in exquisite prose. ( )
  booksforbrunch | May 5, 2021 |
This was a good book with a compelling plot, but as a whole, it failed to draw me in and hold my attention as it should have. The characters were interesting, but I didn't identify with or feel anything for any of them. The writing was good, at times beautiful, but was overly ornate, detracting from the story and slowing the pacing. I never felt suspense or an overwhelming need to find out what happens. The timeline skipped around and was at times hard to follow.

I don't believe that there was anything necessarily wrong with this book - I just failed to connect with it. I enjoy elegant prose and I enjoy intense suspense and thrillers, but mixing the two together is a delicate balance that is hard to pull off. The end verdict is that it's not for me, but it may be for you. Four stars. ( )
  ShannonHollinger | Feb 15, 2021 |
Family saga. Very descriptive writing. We listened to this book on tape on our way out to Colorado. There was a lot of suspense and some grisly violence, but the ending did a good job of tying up the story...plenty of foreshadowing of the ending...Recommend if you have LOTS of time! ( )
  5041 | Dec 20, 2020 |

Honestly this is going to be a short review. I did not like this book. I thought it was try hard of the most try hard literary books I have read in quite some time. I have no idea why Tim Johnston wrote this book like it was a terrible Dan Brown screenplay, but he did. All of the writing was overwrought. One of the characters disappears in the middle of the book to just sort of being referred to by other characters and we plod onto a happy ending. And there are enough vague things in this book to make me think that the father in the book was a sexual predator or was thinking some not fatherly thoughts about his daughter. I don't know why that was included and or what Johnston was trying to say. I just don't care at this point.

I think that there are five narrations in this book. I think. I know that there is the father, mother, boy (seriously that is how he is referred to in this book though his name is Sean nicknamed Dudley), Caitlin, and someone named Billy.

The book revolves around the Courtland family who travel to the Rocky Mountains since Caitlin really wanted to go there before college and run. I kid you not. Apparently Caitlin is a track star back home and she's looking to do something that will have her test her endurance. Things turn ugly for the Courtland family though on this vacation and then the rest of the book is the family dealing with things after Caitlin disappears from a morning run she took with her brother.

I can't say much about these people except that they were not developed at all. Caitlin seemed like a jerk from the brief glimpses we get of here in the first few pages. I felt sorry for the boy (Sean). The dad was odd from beginning to end and I seriously think that all he seemed focused on was just sex. The mother was a mess. And I think she was a mess from the beginning. When I say mess, I mean I don't know what the purpose of this character was at all. She seemed to be dropped into an entirely different book and then just forgotten about until the very end.

The writing as I said was painful at times. Everything was just too much.

The flow was off from beginning to end. Due to the writing everything felt like it took 10 years. I have no idea why the mother in the book just randomly disappears around the 50 percent mark. Then the book just focuses on the father (Grant) and the boy (Sean) and then lo and behold as readers we find out what happened to Caitlin. I am honestly thinking of ways the book could have been improved and I am coming up dry. That's honestly because I think that the book was just lopsided. And the reveals came way too soon. Let readers have to think on a plot and get into it a bit more before you show them (me) what happened. I found myself bored for the last 25 percent of the book.

The setting of the Rocky Mountains should have felt sinister as I was reading. It did not. Probably because we don't get much descriptions about them. I never felt any sort of tension or much of anything but boredom while reading this.

The ending was a happy ending and it did not feel earned at all.
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  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
I would have liked this a lot more if a good third of the book weren't in italics and if the characters weren't asking each other to repeat themselves ALL THE TIME. That said, the story was good, my beef is with the style. ( )
  jekka | Jan 24, 2020 |
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What we chang'd // Was innocence for innocence; we knew not // The doctrine of ill-doing, nor dream'd // That any did. -- William Shakespeare
May she be granted beauty and yet not // Beauty to make a stranger's eye distraught. -- W.B. Yeats
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Her name was Caitlin, she was eighteen, and her own heart would sometimes wake her -- flying away in that dream-race where finish lines grew farther away not nearer, where knees turned to taffy, or feet to stones.
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"Descent, the story of a family undone by the disappearance of a daughter who went out for a morning run and didn't come back, marks the adult fiction debut of a remarkable young writer. Stunning in its emotional impact, Descent is a compulsively readable page-turner with a strong literary sensibility. The girl's vanishing--on a sunny, late-summer vacation morning--all the more devastating for its mystery, is the beginning the 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? In the weeks and months that follow, hope leads to disillusionment, and each of them--father, mother, son--withdraws into emotional isolation, individually assessing the blame and assuming the responsibility for their collective loss. Haunting and unforgettable, Descent is a novel that will grab the reader's heart and mind, and will linger there long after the last page is turned"--

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