• 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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Even a Monkey Knows the Value of a Stick

A family’s Rocky Mountain family vacation turns tragic when their high school graduate daughter is kidnapped.

Do yourself a favor and not allow yourself to read any reviews that want to give you a book report review giving any additional information that what I wrote above.

This literary thriller is written by an extremely talented author. His writing style is on the edge of poetic, quite lyrical, and just so powerful. You will be blown away just hearing the descriptive justice given to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Next you become lost in this unique story. Not your average kidnapping story. No one that actually read the book will ever describe it as predictable. Only one word describes the last half of this book – CAPTIVATING.

I was a bit put off by the narration at first but, it grew on me.

What a GREAT read!
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- tooonce72

Just WOW !!

The Descent is the best Mystery I have read in years. Xe Sands gives the performance of her career, and RC Bray is great.

The 18 year old daughter of a couple whose marriage is already in trouble disappears. That's all I can say without giving away more of the storyline.

What Tim Johnston has done is taken a sensative subject (the possible loss of a child) that I usually cannot handle, but he doesn't over-emotionalize the tragedy, so the story flows without the reader feeling like they are looking at a bad wreck they don't want to see, yet can't turn away.

Johnston has written a mystery with powerful descriptors you can feel, smell, and almost touch. He put his characters in the majestic Rocky Mountains, and kept the secret until the last chapters of the book. This mystery was perfect for me.. who truly is the pickiest reader out there.
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- Jan

Book Details

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