Descent: A Novel

descent cover image Descent: A Novel

by Tim Johnston
Mystery
Algonquin Books
Hardcover, 384 pages
$25.95

In this taut page-turner, an 18-year old Wisconsin girl in the Colorado Rockies on a family vacation is abducted while out on a run with her younger brother. If Descent were just a thriller, it would be quite a satisfactory read. It provides all of the requisite adrenaline rushes, chills, thrills and emotional turmoil expected in such a book. However, it is so much more than that. Johnston’s writing is lyrical, even poetic at times, and his insight into his characters and their personal predicaments, as well as into the abductor’s madness, is as compelling as the drama of the story he unfolds. A breath-taking ride that you will be pondering long after you put it down.