By Tim Johnston
"A riveting literary mystery of the can't-stop-turning-the-page, stay-up-all-night variety." —Alice LaPlante, writer of A Circle of Wives
The Rocky Mountains have forged their spell over the Courtlands, a tender relations from the plains taking a final summer season holiday earlier than their daughter starts off collage. For eighteen-year-old Caitlin, the mountains loom because the final try of her runner's middle, whereas her mom and dad wish that loads attractiveness, loads grandeur, will one way or the other fix a broken marriage. but if Caitlin and her more youthful brother, Sean, exit for an early morning run and merely Sean returns, the mountains turn into as terrifying as they're majestic, as without notice this family members locate themselves dwelling the type of nightmare they've basically examine in headlines
or visible on TV.
As their global comes undone, the Courtlands are drawn right into a vortex of dread and recrimination. Why weren't they extra cautious? What has occurred to their daughter? Is she alive? Will they ever know? Caitlin's disappearance, all of the extra devastating for its secret, is the start of the family's harrowing trip down more and more divergent and solitary paths till all that keeps to bind them jointly are the questions they could by no means deliver themselves to invite: At what aspect does a kinfolk cease looking out? At what element will a woman cease battling for her life?
Written with a precision that captures each emotion, each second of worry, as each one family member searches for solutions, Descent is a wonderfully crafted mystery that races like an avalanche towards its heart-pounding end, and heralds the arriving of a grasp storyteller.
"If you get pleasure from vibrant writing, clever plots, and gnawing your knuckles, you will adore Descent." —Susan Isaacs, writer of Goldberg Variations
"Lyrical and hypnotic, Descent ? is a pulse-pounding mystery of the 1st order. yet it's additionally a gorgeously written, thought-provoking, and haunting novel approximately kinfolk, survival, and the ability of a unmarried selection. You'll be in Johnston's unrelenting narrative grip till the ultimate web page, and his tale will stick with you lengthy after it's performed. a very eye-catching read." —Lisa Unger, writer of In the Blood
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Coordinate method. This method uses the principles of measuring the distance of an object, such as a body, from two fixed points. One form of the coordinate method involves the use of a baseline, which is drawn between two known points. The baseline may also be a wall or drawn as a mathematical centre of a room, the exact dimension of which is known. The measurements of a given item are then taken from left to right along the baseline to a point at right angles to the item which is to be plotted.
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