Descent (CD-Audio)

Staff Pick Badge
Descent Cover Image
By Tim Johnston, Xe Sands (Read by), R. C. Bray (Read by)
$36.95
Available to Order - Usually Arrives in Our Store in 4 to 7 Days

Staff Reviews


Eighteen year old Caitlin Courtland's abduction while running in the Colorado mountains, witnessed by her younger brother, sets the stage for a heart pounding and heartbreaking thriller. Descent is masterfully crafted by Tim Johnston as he chronicles the devastating psychological damage done to Caitlin's family and builds on the suspense of Caitlin's whereabouts and fate. It delivers what only the best thrillers can: a page-turning plot with complicated, fully drawn characters, and a whopper of a punch. Descent is a thriller that I'll be thrilled to handsell. ~Cathy L.                                                              

— Cathy is our lead buyer at TC and a real expert on what's good

January 2015 Indie Next List


“Descent is a gripping, utterly engrossing account of a girl's disappearance in the Rocky Mountains. The aftermath of this tragedy is told in alternating voices: the injured brother at the scene of the accident when she left with a stranger to get help; the mother who has been hospitalized and stunned into breathtaking grief; the father who has been unable to leave the small town where the family was vacationing when his daughter disappeared -- and most stunning of all, through the words of the victim herself. A real page-turner with a brilliantly conceived climax!”
— Kelly Estep, Carmichael's Bookstore, Louisville, KY

Description


From the day Caitlin vanishes the lives of her family members are irrevocably altered, each assuming blame for that day’s tragic events. As the initial days of hope are replaced by weeks of anxiety and despair, they find themselves increasingly isolated, each wondering: Is she still alive? Will we ever know what happened?

Pursuing every angle and refusing to surrender the belief that his daughter is still alive, Caitlin’s father struggles through the mountainous terrain, prodding both his son and the local authorities to keep up the search. It is through a most unlikely source, however, that they finally find an answer, in a climax that is stunning in both its execution and resolution.

Written with precision and elegance, Johnston captures characters’ emotions, divergent thoughts, and moments of bleak loneliness as they search for answers. Descent is both a taut and gripping thriller and a work of outstanding literary merit, a combination of great story and beautiful writing that is certain to garner comparisons with the work of such bestselling writers as Cormac McCarthy and Dennis Lehane.

About the Author


TIM JOHNSTON is the author of The Current, as well as the bestselling debut adult novel Descent, the story collection Irish Girl, and the young adult novel Never So Green. Published in 2009, the stories in Irish Girl won an O. Henry Prize, the New Letters Award for Writers, and the Gival Press Short Story Award, while the collection itself won the 2009 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. In 2005 the title story, “Irish Girl,” was included in the David Sedaris anthology of favorites Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules. Johnston’s stories have also appeared in New England Review, New Letters, the Iowa Review, the Missouri Review, DoubleTake, Best Life Magazine, and Narrative Magazine, among others. He holds degrees from the University of Iowa and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He lives in Iowa City, IA.


XE SANDS is a published audiobook narrator with more than a decade of experience bringing stories to life through narration and performance. From poignant young adult fiction to powerful first-person narrative, Sands’ characterizations are rich and expressive and her narrations evocative and intimate.



R. C. BRAY has performed Off-Broadway in New York City, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, and many stages in between. In addition to audiobooks, his work is heard in promos for The Biography Channel, A&E and CNBC. He lives in New England.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781622315031
ISBN-10: 1622315030
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Publication Date: January 6th, 2015
Pages: 750
Language: English