• by Tim Johnston
  • Narrated by Xe Sands, R.C. Bray
  • 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Customer Reviews

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Disappointing Descent

After reading many raving reviews about this mystery, I gave it a listen. Unfortunately, I found the story to be maddeningly slow. It reminded me of watching a bad television mystery; predictable and lacking any character depth. I wanted to like this book but, from start to finish, it lacked in development of the characters, lacked in developing the investigative inquiry, and just, overall, lacked imagination. I do not recommend.
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- Marjorie

Not your Average "Girl Goes Missing" Story

Would you consider the audio edition of Descent to be better than the print version?

I would like a physical copy of the story to review some great quotes, but the audio version would definitely be my primary recommendation because of the exceptional performances.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Grant and Shawn ("Dudley") were wonderful characters...unique perspective in that it followed the father/son dynamic and their coping mechanisms.

What about Xe Sands and R.C. Bray ’s performance did you like?

There is a female and male narrator, but the male narrator (R.C Bray) stole the show. His deep, rich voice was perfect for reflecting hope and despair, and scary in it's power to demonstrate barely veiled rage.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I have many favorite scenes in this book, but the ones that gave me chills I can't discuss due to spoilers.

Any additional comments?

I was heavily invested in this book and give it a wholehearted 5 stars. The story was exceptional from beginning to end and I want to push it into many reader's hands. The story is a difficult one, so save it for a time when you can be mentally engrossed in it. If you have experienced recent loss or a similar traumatic situation, this might not be for you. Otherwise, this is storytelling at it's best. Descent is not to be missed!

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- Patti

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-06-2015
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books