'Descent' twists a familiar trope in an unforgettable novel

January 21, 2015 1:07 PM

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The missing girl has become a common, almost tiresome, plot device in suspense fiction, which makes what novelist Tim Johnston does with the premise all the more remarkable.

Author of the young adult novel "Never So Green" and the story collection "Irish Girl," Johnston takes this overused idea ripe for sensationalism and instead puts his own thoughtful, empathetic literary stamp on it. "Descent" is first and foremost a thriller - you'll want to make sure no one interru...

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