Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings #86

It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.
Today I'm featuring Descent by Tim Johnston, a thriller that I borrowed from the library. 

Her name was Caitlin, she was eighteen, and her own heart would sometimes wake her--flying away in that dream-race where finish lines grew farther away not nearer, where knees turned to taffy, or feet to stones.  Lurching awake under the sheets, her chest squeezed in phantom arms, she'd lie there gasping, her eyes open to the dark.

Page 56:  "He stepped between the rockers and turned to face the men.  A tall, lean young man in a black leather coat and crisp white shirt.  Dark hair stashed behind his ears and a small tuft of beard clinging to the underside of his lower lip."

My thoughts: What is causing Caitlin to awaken with a fright?  This ominous beginning has piqued my curiosity about the story to unfold.

From GoodreadsThe Rocky Mountains have cast their spell over the Courtlands, a young family from the plains taking a last summer vacation before their daughter begins college. For eighteen-year-old Caitlin, the mountains loom as the ultimate test of her runner’s heart, while her parents hope that so much beauty, so much grandeur, will somehow repair a damaged marriage. But when Caitlin and her younger brother, Sean, go out for an early morning run and only Sean returns, the mountains become as terrifying as they are majestic, as suddenly this family find themselves living the kind of nightmare they’ve only read about in headlines or seen on TV.

As their world comes undone, the Courtlands are drawn into a vortex of dread and recrimination. Why weren’t they more careful? What has happened to their daughter? Is she alive? Will they ever know? Caitlin’s disappearance, all the more devastating for its mystery, is the beginning of the family’s harrowing journey down increasingly divergent and solitary paths until all that continues to bind them together are the questions they can never bring themselves to ask: At what point does a family stop searching? At what point will a girl stop fighting for her life?

Written with a precision that captures every emotion, every moment of fear, as each member of the family searches for answers, Descent is a perfectly crafted thriller that races like an avalanche toward its heart-pounding conclusion, and heralds the arrival of a master storyteller.
Which book are you reading now or about to start?

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