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by Tim Johnston

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Descent by Tim Johnston
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    Jan 2015, 384 pages

    Dec 2015, 400 pages


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  • Maggie A, New Jersey
    Multiple viewpoints lead to a dramatic conclusion
    "Descent" is an engaging fictional study of a family that has been driven apart by a tragedy. In alternating chapters, the plot follows the story of a father, a mother, and other members of a family that has been torn asunder – both emotionally and geographically – by the event. The narrative features time shifts as well as shifting points of view. I found this book to be well written and insightful with regard to characterization. The climax is dramatic (almost cinematically so), with an unexpected twist, and the story's resolution is a satisfying one. My only criticism of this novel is that the author's figurative language occasionally becomes a bit forced and awkward (e. g. aspen leaves "chiming"; a "coronation" of light coming through an ordinary window on an ordinary day); however, for the most part, I found Tim Johnston's imagery to be vividly appropriate and enjoyable.
  • Melanie B. (Desoto, TX)
    So-So Thriller
    I was riveted by the first half of the book but the last half of the book was not-so-thrilling. The author did a good job with character development and detailing the geographical surroundings so well that I could visualize the landscape. The story started off strong but for me the conclusion was slightly improbable.

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