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3.59  ·  Rating details ·  17,335 ratings  ·  2,425 reviews
Privelistile ametitoare ale Muntilor Stâncosi îsi dezvaluie partea întunecata si mortala în acest thriller desavârsit despre legaturile de familie si lupta pentru supravietuire.
Muntii Stâncosi i-au fermecat dintotdeauna pe membrii familiei Courtland, care pleaca într-o vacanta înainte ca fiica lor sa înceapa facultatea. Dar atunci când Caitlin si fratele ei mai mic, Sean,
Paperback, 475 pages
Published June 2018 by Editura Litera (first published January 6th 2015)
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Oct 07, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: free-from-work
i seem to be the outlier with this book. everyone else is rave city, and i'm just "meh." i thought it was okay, but it was both a little familiar and a little forgettable. while i was reading it, i was enjoying it, but at the end of the day it didn't really stick to my ribs. there are definitely some memorable moments here, but my tastes run more towards the gritty thriller version of this story rather than the family drama side of things. the strongest scenes for me are the ones that fall on "m ...more
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite-books
It’s rare to come across a book which leaves the reader feeling he has read something very, very special. With a slow beginning it quietly moves along until you are completely entranced by the author’s flair to write such a powerful and moving story. It begins with a family of four on holiday in the Rocky Mountains. Two teenagers, eighteen-year-old Caitlin and her brother fifteen-year-old Sean, leave the motel as their parents sleep and make their way towards the mountain. Upon reaching the trai ...more
Wendy Darling
DNF Hugely not a fan of the leaden "literary" writing style, and the family dynamics aren't nearly as compelling as they should be. The way things wrap up neatly into a pretty bow made me roll my eyes, and as a thriller, this isn't a very suspenseful read, either.

Best part: (view spoiler)

Least interesting part(s): Welllll. Pretty much everything else.

An advance copy was provided by the pu
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2015
2 Stars

Ugggh, I suffered through Descent. I guess I really thought that it would focus much more the tragedy and the location. Instead, I was soooooo bored with the family drama. I guess that I should have felt something, but as a Man that steers away from dramatic and mushy books this was not my cup of tea. Couple this with the fact that I thought that this would be a thriller, I hated it.

Not even sure how much of it that I read, skimmed over, or simply forgot....either way.

Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I finished Tim Johnson’s Descent, my first reaction was: Wow, that was sneaky good. I hadn’t known exactly what to expect, and even now, with all the tonal shifts, it’s hard for me to explain what I experienced. But I liked it, a lot. It hit me at the end with a force that had been accumulating all along. Accordingly, I started recommending it immediately.

The first person to take me up on my offer was my friend and coworker Jamie. She was intrigued by my description and got it from the lib
"A daughter was your life; it was as simple as that. Her body was the only body, her heart the only heart. The most absolute, the most terrible love.”

A parent’s worst nightmare: Grant and Angela, and their two children, Sean and Caitlin, take a much-needed vacation in the Rocky Mountains before Caitlin heads off to college. Caitlin and her brother go running/biking in the hills early one morning when they are hit by a truck. Sean is left severely injured on the side of the road, and Caitlin is a
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 wow this author can write stars

Looking for a good vacation, a time to meld together, a time to be at peace with one another, the Courtlands, Grant and Angela, travel into the Rocky Mountains with their daughter Caitlin, a track star and an upcoming freshman in college, and Sean, their teenage son. Anxious to challenge her skills, Caitlin heads out one morning with Sean in tow and runs up the hillside. However, as two children go up the mountain, only one, Sean, descends and people who were try
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is deceptive. It starts with a bang and then simmers slowly, gradually building up to boil over into a nail biting finish.

The first section of the novel lulls you into thinking that this is a book about the kidnapping of a teenage girl, Caitlin in the Rocky Mountains and the subsequent disintegration of her family, with each individual member coping in different ways. As time drags on and Caitlin isn't found, the book becomes the story of a family in stasis unable to move on with thei
Helen Dunn
Feb 10, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought about giving this one two stars since I did finish the book but I disliked the journey so much I'm giving it one star. I think this was a good concept for a book but I disliked just about everything in the execution.

I was in the mood for a good plot driven novel and when I saw an online ad for this one it seemed like a perfect fit: female runner goes missing and what happens next. I should have known from the start that I was in for a bumpy ride because I was immediately uncomfortable
Judy Collins
I am utterly speechless!

Top 50 Books of 2015

DESCENT has to be made into a movie, and I want a front row seat. Tim Johnston delivers an extraordinary "work of art", narrated by an award-winning performance of Xe Sands and R.C. Bray. One of the best books of the year, and assured to win numerous awards.

Where to begin? Grant and Angela are making their way to the Rockies, for a last family vacation, to Colorado and the great outdoors, before eighteen year old Caitland, an avid runner goes of
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Descent is a harrowing story about a family searching for a daughter that has disappeared. The girl disappears on a summer vacation, kidnapped, in the Rocky Mountains and the family that's left, the father, mother and brother must go on with their lives not knowing where she is, if she is still alive...

This book hit me pretty hard. I had it for ages on my Ipad, but the time never really came for me to read it until now when I saw that it would be released, then I thought "what the heck, I read i
Jan 19, 2015 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
No. No. No.

It's me, not Tim Johnston. I just do not like this type of read. I take away nothing but fear and sadness. I absolutely do not want to read about how a family deals with the disappearance of their eighteen year old daughter. I read this and The Shining Girls for Readers' Advisory purposes only and will not be reading this type of grit lit again.
J.K. Grice
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
DESCENT is one of the best thrillers I have ever read. This book still haunts me. Tim Johnston is one hell of a writer.
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Tim Johnston grabs our attention from page one in this atmospheric recounting of a young woman kidnapped while on a run off the beaten path in the hills of Colorado. The Courtland family had come here Caitlin is not immediately found. Is she dead or alive? Inhale deeply, hold that breath; as Descent builds momentum to its breathtaking finish.

The Hook – This quote from author, Mary Roach

”I was so absorbed in the final incredible fifty pages that I missed my flight to La Guardia."

The Line – as G
Jan 11, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is hailed, on it's own front cover, as "a riveting literary thriller of the can't-stop-turning-the-page, stay-up-all-night variety," and that couldn't be farther from the truth. More often than not, I had to will myself to pick this up and keep reading.

Caitlin Courtland and her family take a trip to the mountains before she gets ready to set off to college, but she mysteriously disappears one morning on a run and the search for her eventually dies down. From this point, Descent focuses
Eighteen year old Caitlin Courtland was just months out of college; on a scholarship, she was a runner of extreme talent. With her father Grant, mother Angela and younger brother Sean, the family had come to the Rocky Mountains for a special holiday – the last before college. But Angela and Grant hoped it would also bring back the romance to their strained marriage as well.

Early one morning, just before dawn Caitlin and Sean headed out for a run in the mountains – Caitlin on foot, Sean on his b
Feb 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, audiobook
This book has been on my TBR forever.

I'm so glad I finally got to it. Told in multiple perspectives, we meet Caitlin and Sean - two siblings that sneak out of their family's vacation cabin to bike the Rockies when something happens that will change the trajectory of their lives. Grant and Angela are the parents- clearly struggling with their relationship have to find the strength to figure out what comes next for them, and for their family.

I was engrossed from the beginning, but will admit it
Oct 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a parent's worst nightmare. The Courtland family was vacationing in the Colorado Rockies when their 18-year-old daughter Caitlin went out on a morning run. Her younger brother, following her on his bike, was hit by a car and Caitlin was abducted.

We next see the heartbroken family one year later, their lives shattered since Caitlin disappeared. The father is drinking too much. The mother, who was already emotionally fragile, has fallen apart. The brother, mending from the accident, suffers
Karin Slaughter
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This kind of felt like it fell apart at the end, which was really awful and I hate to say it because the book started out so Ah-mazing. Without a doubt, the writing is exceptional, but you have to have momentum to keep the story going, and it fizzled a bit. I still think it's worth reading, and I really, really want to see the next book from this fella.

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 t
A story about the hell a family endures after the disappearance of their daughter/sister, while on vacation in Colorado. They assume it is a kidnapping after their daughter chooses to get into a strangers truck during an emergency and then ends up missing. The story bounces around in a two year timeline and keeps you guessing until the end of where and what actually happened to the girl. The only character I related to was the girl and she had a very minor part. Some are comparing this book to " ...more
Sarah at Sarah's Book Shelves

People have been raving over this thriller about a girl (Caitlin) who goes running in the mountains with her brother (Sean) and doesn't return. However, I got about 15% of the way through and put it down. I kept zoning out while I was reading (a bad sign for a supposedly page-turning thriller!) and the characters felt distant. I think some of this distant feeling was caused by Johnston's frequent use of "the boy" and "the girl" to refer to Caitlin and Sean and "her" and "him" to refer to thei
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I can't stop thinking about this book. I thought it was excellent. I loved the writing and the way the writer made me feel so many different emotions. There was a part near the end of this book that literally gave me chills! I highly recommend this book for book clubs, so many things to discuss.
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was just so hard to read. The jumping back and forth in time, all the dream sequences. The use of "him" and "her" for the mother and father, "boy" and "girl" for the brother and sister. Read about 40% and then just skipped to end to find out what happened. Had potential, but I just didn't like the execution at all.
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading Descent immensely! The writing is beautiful and smooth. Johnson can also create scenes that are so tense I found myself holding my breath. There are many elements in this book that are discussion worthy(starting with the title)and would make a good book club choice.
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It would be unfair to the reader and a disservice to the author to convey any details of Descent other than that you will not want to put this book down. It’s rare to find a “page-turner” that is so beautifully written that the reader is torn between racing to discover what will happen and languishing over the author’s stunning prose. Full of moments of breathtaking brutality and heartbreaking grace and told from multiple perspectives, Descent is almost holographic in effect. Fully three-dimensi ...more
Larry H
The Courtland family—Grant, Angela, Caitlin, and Sean—travel to the Rocky Mountains for a summer vacation before Caitlin leaves for college. The destination is Caitlin's choice—a championship runner, she hopes to challenge herself on the rugged terrain of the mountains so she is ready to compete at the collegiate level in a few months. For Grant and Angela, struggling to rebuild their marriage, the vacation represents an opportunity to try and strengthen a fragile trust.

Caitlin and Sean go for a
Freda Malone
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I finished this novel, I read a lot of the reviews. There are two things that stand out that were not mentioned.

God and Luck. Caitlin’s family touches on that very subject every now and then. Sean and Caitlin arrive at the Shrine and sit on the bench among graves. Caitlyn’s kidnapper also talks to Billy about it when they are faced head on with life and death. Luck and God, do they mix or do you think it is what folks often say “is God’s plan”. I’m not a religious person, though I do belie
I can't recommend this book more highly! What a fantastic, thrilling ride! It's not really like any book I've ever read before in many ways. It's definitely a thriller but its so much more! It's a book that sucks you in and holds onto you until the very end! I found myself staying up for one more chapter over and over until I was up way past my bedtime!

One of my favorite aspects of the book is how the Rocky Mountains come alive for the reader - in fact, I'd say that they are very much their very
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Tim Johnston is the author of the novels THE CURRENT and DESCENT, the story collection IRISH GIRL, and the YA novel NEVER SO GREEN. A New York Times, USA Today, and Indie National bestseller, Descent has been published internationally and optioned for film. The stories of Irish Girl won an O. Henry Prize, the New Letters Award for Writers, and the Gival Press Short Story Award, while the collectio ...more
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