The Line That Held Us
From critically acclaimed author David Joy comes a remarkable novel about the cover-up of an accidental death, and the dark consequences that reverberate through the lives of four people who will never be the same again.When Darl Moody went hunting after a monster buck he’s chased for years, he never expected he’d accidentally shoot a man digging ginseng. Worse yet, he’s killed a Brewer, a family notorious for vengeance and violence. With nowhere to turn, Darl calls on the help of the only man he knows will answer, his best friend, Calvin Hooper. But when Dwayne Brewer comes looking for his missing brother and stumbles onto a blood trail leading straight back to Darl and Calvin, a nightmare of revenge rips apart their world. The Line That Held Us is a story of friendship and family, a tale balanced between destruction and redemption where the only hope is to hold on tight, clenching to those you love. What will you do for the people who mean the most, and what will you grasp to when all that you have is gone? The only certainty in a place so shredded is that no one will get away unscathed.

The Line That Held Us Details

TitleThe Line That Held Us
Author
ReleaseAug 14th, 2018
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons
ISBN-139780399574221
Rating
GenreFiction, American, Southern, Thriller, Cultural, Contemporary, Literary Fiction, Adult

The Line That Held Us Review

  • Larry H
    January 1, 1970
    I'm between 4 and 4.5 stars.After reading David Joy's newest novel, I've come to the conclusion that writers like him and Michael Farris Smith deserve their own sub-genre of fiction, one that I'll call "bleak-tion."This sub-genre would contain beautifully written books in which a feeling of despair or doom is quite pervasive, and you know that something monumentally, well, bleak is going to happen. (See Joy's The Weight of This World or Smith's Desperation Road or The Fighter .) I don't mea I'm between 4 and 4.5 stars.After reading David Joy's newest novel, I've come to the conclusion that writers like him and Michael Farris Smith deserve their own sub-genre of fiction, one that I'll call "bleak-tion."This sub-genre would contain beautifully written books in which a feeling of despair or doom is quite pervasive, and you know that something monumentally, well, bleak is going to happen. (See Joy's The Weight of This World or Smith's Desperation Road or The Fighter .) I don't mean this in a disparaging way, but you shouldn't read these novels in search of a belly laugh.In the latest addition to the world of bleak-tion, The Line That Held Us , Darl Moody is a country boy who may not have a ton of ambition, but he has taken good care of his mother as well as his married sister and her family since the death of his father a few years before. He's never done anything worse than drink one (or two) too many, except perhaps try and hunt a deer before the season officially opens.When he's convinced he has seen a colossal buck roaming another man's land, he needs to find it. He knows that poaching is wrong, and he knows it's even worse when you're hunting off the land of a man who is out of town for his sister's funeral, but this buck could provide enough for him and his family to eat. Although the deer proves elusive, he spots a wild hog and takes aim.It's not a hog he has killed, however; it's Carol "Sissy" Brewer, the slower, gentler son of the brash, violent Brewer family. Carol was hunting ginseng on the farm when he was shot. Darl doesn't know what to do, so he turns to the only person he has ever been able to count on, his best friend since childhood, Calvin Hooper. Despite Calvin's misgivings, he agrees to help Darl bury Carol, and the two vow never to tell anyone what happened that night, which becomes progressively harder as they become increasingly haunted by the events of that evening.When Carol's older brother Dwayne comes looking for him, he knows right away something bad has happened, and he will leave no stone unturned until he finds what happened to him, and whom shall be held responsible. This determination to uncover the mystery of his brother's disappearance sets him on a collision course with Darl and Calvin, and threatens to upend all of their lives. Dwayne believes in an eye for an eye, and he will exact his revenge, no matter how many people get hurt in the process.Needless to say, this isn't a happy read, but it is powerful—even gut-wrenching at times—and you probably can predict how the story will unfold. But Joy is an exceptional storyteller, and even the commonplace becomes more fascinating when seen through his lens. He so accurately evokes the mounting sense of dread, the fear, the unhingedness that his characters feel, and he draws you into a story which only rarely has moments of lightness.Fair warning: this is a book with some graphically depicted violence (mostly toward humans and once toward an animal) and some pretty detailed descriptions of the process a body goes through once a person's life ends. (It made for a somewhat squeamish read on my red-eye flight, I must tell you.) If those things are triggers for you, you'll probably want to pass this one by.You may want to have a more lighthearted novel at the ready after you finish The Line That Held Us , but you should definitely read this, if only to see a master of "bleak-tion" at work once again.See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com, or check out my list of the best books I read in 2017 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2018/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2017.html.NetGalley and PENGUIN GROUP Putnam provided me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making this available!
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  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    January 1, 1970
    From the first second we heard about this book..my partner in crime and I went into full fangirling mode...…..Then it went up on Netgalley. We plotted ways to beg for it. We checked Netgalley a thousand times a day multiple times. The book gods were good to us one day and someone messed up and let us get approved. Thank you!!!See David Joy is an author that has caught us by our dark little dried up hearts. It's even to the point where we've started going to his site and seeing what he is reading From the first second we heard about this book..my partner in crime and I went into full fangirling mode...…..Then it went up on Netgalley. We plotted ways to beg for it. We checked Netgalley a thousand times a day multiple times. The book gods were good to us one day and someone messed up and let us get approved. Thank you!!!See David Joy is an author that has caught us by our dark little dried up hearts. It's even to the point where we've started going to his site and seeing what he is reading and adding even those books to our TBRs. *Dear Mr Joy..please don't file those restraining orders-we are both too lazy and anti-social to leave our houses.* I know. I should be ashamed of myself. #sorrynotsorryEnough rambling! On to the book...and what a frigging book this is. (Don't worry I'm not going to spoil anything. I just ramble on about books I love because I WANT everyone to experience them.)Darl Moody sneaks onto an old man's property to hunt that monster buck that he has been drooling over. He sees what he thinks is it but once he shoots it he realizes that he has shot a man that was also taking advantage of that old man's absence by stealing his ginseng. So Darl goes to his best buddy Calvin and gets him to agree to just bury the body. That way they don't end up in trouble.That always works. Yeah right.Turns out that the man he shot has a bat shit crazy brother. That's when the fun really starts. There is something about David Joy's writing. I honestly think he is really the best I've read at hitting the whole gritty south thing. He makes you care for characters that you never imagined even considering. He makes you think. He KNOWS the mountains better than so many that try to write these kinds of books just never can lay their finger on. I just can't even begin to describe how good he is. And you guys know my hateful ass does not give compliments easily. This guy is the real deal. Now that being said. This book is dark as hell. I mean so dark that I need to go and read something fluffy now to erase the images from my mind. You know...something by Stephen King or similar to that.Because this bad boy makes you bring out the dark side..and it sorta scared my pants off. All the frigging stars.The devil drew the line between the selfless and the selfish so that often a man could not tell on which side he stood.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    A new David Joy?! Yes!! I can’t wait to get my greedy hands on this.
  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    David Joy tweeted earlier this summer: “Just because you ain’t been reading the right books don’t mean they ain’t been written.”I am distinctly under-read when it comes to literary fiction from authors residing in or from Appalachia. I attribute this to picking poorly from a subset of the best-known authors from two decades ago, having so-so reading experiences and then not re-visiting Appalachian-based novels, as new authors came on the scene, remaining in contented ignorance of what I was miss David Joy tweeted earlier this summer: “Just because you ain’t been reading the right books don’t mean they ain’t been written.”I am distinctly under-read when it comes to literary fiction from authors residing in or from Appalachia. I attribute this to picking poorly from a subset of the best-known authors from two decades ago, having so-so reading experiences and then not re-visiting Appalachian-based novels, as new authors came on the scene, remaining in contented ignorance of what I was missing. The Line That Held Us, and Joy’s earlier novels, among other gems is what I’ve been missing. Don’t let my mistake be yours.The Line That Held Us takes place in Jackson County, North Carolina. Jackson County has 494 square miles, and it borders the Cherokee reservation with its Harrah’s casino. It also has a 23.1% poverty rate, well above the national average of 14%. It is 85% white. For those who make a living outdoors or in seasonal work, the winter can be long and hard. One man’s poaching is another man’s survival plan for stocking his freezer up with meat to get through that winter. Poaching turns into a mistaken hunting accident. Then a decision to hide the body because the brother of the victim is capable of violence. Then that brother lives out his love for his missing brother by dedicating himself first to finding him and, subsequently, to avenging his death. One man’s late-night agreement to help out his best friend, because that’s just what you do - even with a request that could bring the law and brothers with long memories into your life. A well-intentioned cop who won’t let something that doesn’t quite smell right go unexplored. A good woman kept in the dark about all of this, but inevitably drawn in because. Because that’s how these stories always go.And yet. Joy takes a scenario that’s fundamentally familiar and makes it fresh. Each character is fully-realized. Each of their mistakes are relatively easy calls – even if they don’t turn out well. As in, each of us likely would have made the same calls under the circumstances. The bad guy has a back story and ethos that makes the reader nod in understanding with his choices, even those which are criminal or at least violent. He’s not a villain in his own eyes. He’s a hero. He’s 100% committed to doing what he believes is right. Joy’s control of his plot and his characters, as he shifts from place to place and as tension grows, is so masterful the reader isn’t aware of it. And that ending. Joy’s writing style in The Line That Held Us is a bit more colloquial than is my first preference. Conjunctions, for one. It’s markedly different than his writing in his immediately prior novel, The Weight of this World. But the novel, as a whole, is a roaring success on its own terms. I debated the fifth star for a day, then caved. It’s not a book I’ll be thinking about for months, but it is a fine ride in the moment.The Line That Held Us could be right for you if you like darker novels, where everyday struggles are real, and average joes are trying to do the right thing, getting by, marrying, having babies, still have the same best friend they’ve had since high school, and just be happy. If you’re a Jack Reacher fan but want something different and less predictable. If you want to explore one of the best of the current group of Appalachian authors. If you like noir and want to take a break from reading story after story in urban settings. If you like paragraphs like this: “Dwayne Brewer wanted desperately to go down that hillside and tell them the good news. He wanted them to hold out their hands and he’d gift them the grace of God. There was mercy in the passing of strangers, in what watched from hillsides like ghosts, in the savage running barefoot through the soil. But the hearts of men were hardened things, their eyes not meant for seeing.”Oh, and, for a good time, I strongly recommend you follow David Joy on Twitter: @DavidJoy_Author His feed’s not for the faint of heart. But if you’re ready to open your eyes and learn about the real Appalachia, there’s nowhere better to find it.Thanks also to the publisher, G.P. Putnam's Sons, and Edelweiss+ for providing me with an ecopy of this novel.
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  • Cheri
    January 1, 1970
    ”I got friends who know how to have a good timeThey roll their own and drink carolina shineI’ve seen the devil in a dark coal mineI’ve been higher than a Georgia pine“Yeah there’s people all across the landFrom New York out to ol’ San FranJust don’t give a damn all the timeIn an outlaw state of mind” --“Outlaw State of Mind,” Chris Stapleton, Songwriters: Ronnie Bowman / Chris Stapleton / Jerry Salley4.5 StarsEven though it was two months before the official hunting season began, Darl Moody was ”I got friends who know how to have a good timeThey roll their own and drink carolina shineI’ve seen the devil in a dark coal mineI’ve been higher than a Georgia pine“Yeah there’s people all across the landFrom New York out to ol’ San FranJust don’t give a damn all the timeIn an outlaw state of mind” --“Outlaw State of Mind,” Chris Stapleton, Songwriters: Ronnie Bowman / Chris Stapleton / Jerry Salley4.5 StarsEven though it was two months before the official hunting season began, Darl Moody was going hunting. He’d had his eye on that buck for a good two years, and by the size of him, he’d feed his family for a while on that one. ”Meat in the freezer was meat that didn’t have to be bought and paid for, and that came to mean a lot when the work petered off each winter.”He follows signs of the deer’s path, the stripped bark, the scrapes on the ground, sipping from his pint of whiskey he had stashed in his camouflage pants, and listened for movement, waiting. When he hears the snap of wood under a footstep, he turns to sees a gray-bodied animal on four legs, probably a boar hog, low to the ground. ”Three. Two. Squeeze.”Darl Moody loves his family, helps out his mother when he can, and his sister and her family, too. He has a girlfriend he treats well, but they are far from rich. Simple, everyday folk, just trying to get from day to day with enough to get by on, and spend time with those they love. With this story, I think the less you know about it going in, the better it is, so I’m staying away from more of the plot. This does to have a dark side to it; there are some disturbing descriptions included, but nothing that I found objectionable or gratuitous. David Joy is one of my favourite authors for this genre, call it what you will. Southern Lit, Grit-Lit, Country-Noir, there are a plethora of categories that are variations on a theme. I’ve read all of his books, including his memoir, and loved them all. Some of my other favourite authors and their books came from a list of recommended books he used to have on his goodreads page, Taylor Brown, for one. I read Joy’s “review” of this book, where he said that he “wanted to write a book as if William Gay and Flannery O'Connor co-wrote McCarthy's Child Of God. I wanted to create a "bad guy" as memorable as Lester Ballard, The Misfit, or the Paper-Hanger. This was as close as I could get to that.” I’ve only read one book by William Gay, several of Flannery O’Connor’s stories, and one McCarthy – although it was not his “Child of God,” but it seems to me that this hits the mark he was striving for. David Joy is an incredibly gifted writer with a talent for weaving just enough darkness through his stories that you will feel every second tick by as the tension mounts, knowing that all it may take is just one small thing to change the course of this story. Ask yourself what you would do for those you love, the people in your life that mean the most to you, and read this!Pub Date: 14 AUG 2018Many thanks for the ARC provided by PENGUIN GROUP Putnam / G.P. Putnam’s Sons
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  • Zoeytron
    January 1, 1970
    Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.I hit pay dirt with this one.  It's as dark, dirty, and gritty as it needs to be for the story it tells.  Caney Fork, Tennessee.  Here is a place where you carry your own, and where you got to pay what you owe, in a manner of speaking.  Do not trespass.  Do not poach.  And for the sake of all that is holy, do not pull the trigger unless you know for certain sure what you are aiming at. Think about what you have to lose, and weigh it against Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.I hit pay dirt with this one.  It's as dark, dirty, and gritty as it needs to be for the story it tells.  Caney Fork, Tennessee.  Here is a place where you carry your own, and where you got to pay what you owe, in a manner of speaking.  Do not trespass.  Do not poach.  And for the sake of all that is holy, do not pull the trigger unless you know for certain sure what you are aiming at. Think about what you have to lose, and weigh it against what is to be gained.  And know that there are some mistakes that are unforgivable.    Meet the Brewer boys.  Dwayne is a mountain of a man, glowering and formidable, an avid reader of the Bible, slightly insane.  Carol, nickname of Sissy, is the younger brother, dimwitted, born with a purple birthmark that covers half his face.  He never had a chance. (view spoiler)[What's that a'rattlin' around in Dwayne's pocket?  Why, that ain't nothin' but Sissy's pearly whites. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    January 1, 1970
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ Oh Mr. Joy, how I’ve missed you.Perhaps the most ironic thing of all when it comes to this author is his name. If you were ever curious where the “Black As Mitchell’s Heart” moniker came from – David Joy’s stories are about as bleak as one brain could ever conjure. As my Bookwife stated over on her review, we pretty much have a Google Alert set for anything new in David Joy’s world, up to and including I now read what he tells me to ( Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ Oh Mr. Joy, how I’ve missed you.Perhaps the most ironic thing of all when it comes to this author is his name. If you were ever curious where the “Black As Mitchell’s Heart” moniker came from – David Joy’s stories are about as bleak as one brain could ever conjure. As my Bookwife stated over on her review, we pretty much have a Google Alert set for anything new in David Joy’s world, up to and including I now read what he tells me to (thanks again for turning me on to Larry Brown). We most definitely were in full-fledged “This Is America and We Want It Now” mode while waiting to be approved for The Line That Held Us and I am so happy to say that once again David Joy delivered the misery in spades – just the way I like it.The story here is pretty simple – Darl Moody has been chasing after a dream buck for ages and has tracked him down to Coon Coward’s private property. What ol’ Coon don’t know won’t hurt him, though, so Darl waits until he’s out of town and sets about in the wee hours to do some poaching. The only thing he wasn’t expecting? Carol Brewer to be doing some poaching of his own – digging ginseng to be exact. Rather than face the crazy which is Carol's brother Dwayne, Darl does the only other thing he can think of – enlist his best friend Calvin’s help and bury the body . . . . That might possibly be the best thing about David Joy’s books. You know there is not going to be a happy ending or that the characters will magically escape the superbadawful they have set themselves up for. I love how his stories are all different, but touch on similar themes of love, loyalty, family, friendship and religion (in the most shuddery way possible). He blurs the lines between what is right and what is wrong effortlessly. Not to mention, he really makes you feel like you are truly in the heart of the south . . . . When it comes to hick lit, he’s the bees knees. Every Star.Many thanks to NetGalley for approving me for this one before I stormed your offices!
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Alright folks, get ready for a dark tale that'll drag you down into the land of human suffering. You won't be alone. All of David Joy's characters live there. Get ready to be conflicted beyond measure. Based on this story's theme, there are no villains and there are no victims...there is simply fate and survival and sacrifice.The Line That Held Us is sorrowful and full of rage and consequence, with ample threads of beauty that appear at the most unexpected times. Dark, raw, pure, and philosophic Alright folks, get ready for a dark tale that'll drag you down into the land of human suffering. You won't be alone. All of David Joy's characters live there. Get ready to be conflicted beyond measure. Based on this story's theme, there are no villains and there are no victims...there is simply fate and survival and sacrifice.The Line That Held Us is sorrowful and full of rage and consequence, with ample threads of beauty that appear at the most unexpected times. Dark, raw, pure, and philosophically psychotic, this is a must read! David Joy knows what he’s doing.My favorite quote:To be announced upon publication if I can choose between my 71 kindle highlights...Thank you to the following for permitting me access to an advance reader's copy (ARC) of The Line That Held Us. This generosity did not impact my honesty when rating/reviewing.Source: NetGalleyAuthor: David JoyPublisher: Penguin Group Putnam - G.P. Putnam's SonsGenres: General Fiction (Adult)Pub Date: August 14, 2018
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  • Faith
    January 1, 1970
    Darl Moody accidentally shoots Carol (Sissy) Brewer while poaching deer on the property of Tillmon (Coon) Coward. Carol was poaching ginseng on Coon's property, when Darl mistook him for a wild hog. Calling the police would have been smart, but that didn't happen. Instead Darl panics and gets his best friend Calvin Hooper to help him, but their efforts wind up tearing apart not only their lives, but those of the people around them. Darl and Calvin aren't smart enough to hide from Carol's brother Darl Moody accidentally shoots Carol (Sissy) Brewer while poaching deer on the property of Tillmon (Coon) Coward. Carol was poaching ginseng on Coon's property, when Darl mistook him for a wild hog. Calling the police would have been smart, but that didn't happen. Instead Darl panics and gets his best friend Calvin Hooper to help him, but their efforts wind up tearing apart not only their lives, but those of the people around them. Darl and Calvin aren't smart enough to hide from Carol's brother Dwayne, who is filled with an equal mix of grief and the desire for revenge. Dwayne has spent his whole life protecting Carol and isn't going to stop now. What would you do if someone killed the only person you had to love in this world? How far would you go to help your best friend? Whose life means more to you? Should you spread the pain you feel or can you find redemption and end the cycle? This book makes you think about all of those questions and leaves a giant one unanswered at the end. It was brilliant. This was my third book by this author and I'll read anything else he chooses to write. I like it that he writes southern noir with the minimum of the clichés of the genre. This book had characters with actual jobs other than meth dealer. There were no guys who spend all their time drinking beer as they ride around in their pickups, stopping occasionally to commit senseless acts of violence. Not that this book wasn't violent. It's just that I understood the motivation. Even Dwayne's, who was ultimately a tragic (though scary) figure. There are also some disgusting (non-violent) scenes that are not for the squeamish and some small animals are murdered horrifically. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.
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  • Katie B
    January 1, 1970
    This is a simple story told really well. Daryl Moody was illegally hunting when he accidentally shot and killed a man. Knowing the man's brother will come after him and his family if he finds out what happened, Daryl turns to his best friend Calvin for help. And nothing will be the same again.The heart of this story isn't something that hasn't been told countless times before. However, it's effective because it really plays into the whole what would you do to protect yourself and those you love This is a simple story told really well. Daryl Moody was illegally hunting when he accidentally shot and killed a man. Knowing the man's brother will come after him and his family if he finds out what happened, Daryl turns to his best friend Calvin for help. And nothing will be the same again.The heart of this story isn't something that hasn't been told countless times before. However, it's effective because it really plays into the whole what would you do to protect yourself and those you love angle. The book doesn't have to depend on unreliable narrators, crazy plot twists, or whatever the latest trend in storytelling is because the basic premise is enough to keep you interested in the story. Definitely recommend if you are looking for some good old fashioned storytelling but be prepared for a few graphic descriptions.Thank you to First to Read for the advance digital copy! I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion.
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  • Joseph
    January 1, 1970
    The Line That Held us is a story of that takes place in the border region of Tennessee and North Carolina. Darl, who poaches to make ends meet stalks a large buck on private property. Also Carol, Sissy, Brewer steals ginseng from the same property. Carol, although, not fully explained seem is slow. While digging around for ginseng, he is mistaken for a boar by Darl. Darl is 200 yards away, and Carol is dressed in gray and on all fours. Darl fires and kills Carol. He panics and gets the help of h The Line That Held us is a story of that takes place in the border region of Tennessee and North Carolina. Darl, who poaches to make ends meet stalks a large buck on private property. Also Carol, Sissy, Brewer steals ginseng from the same property. Carol, although, not fully explained seem is slow. While digging around for ginseng, he is mistaken for a boar by Darl. Darl is 200 yards away, and Carol is dressed in gray and on all fours. Darl fires and kills Carol. He panics and gets the help of his best friend, Calvin, to help. Calvin reluctantly agrees and helps dispose of the body. Carol is noticed missing by his brother, Dwayne, who is violent, drinks too much, and is big enough to get away with it. Dwayne starts investigating his brother's death and what develops is a classic case of Appalachian justice and revenge. The characters are well developed and diverse although there is some stereotyping. Dwayne is perhaps the most stereotypical. His massive size and backwoods attitude make him a driving figure in the book. The setting contributes to the free action of the characters. Things that normally couldn't be done in the urban or suburban setting fit perfectly in Appalachia. The plot moves quickly but not always predictably leaving the reader on a thrilling ride. I picked up this book and did not set it down until it I finished. It was quite a ride, and I found it quite a surprise in contemporary fiction. A well thought out and exciting read.
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  • David Joy
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted to write a book as if William Gay and Flannery O'Connor co-wrote McCarthy's Child Of God. I wanted to create a "bad guy" as memorable as Lester Ballard, The Misfit, or the Paper-Hanger. This was as close as I could get to that.
  • Lars (theatretenor) Skaar
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this book! Easy five star read for me. It’s the second David Joy book for me and I quite enjoy him as an author. I’ve never lived in the south but I enjoy reading about it apparently. These characters were very real and honest and graphic and written just beautifully. The only downfall I think is that the end just didn’t do it for me. I liked the conclusion, but the actual last few pages I think was going for something deep but just didn’t hit for me. But that’s a minor thing I absolutely loved this book! Easy five star read for me. It’s the second David Joy book for me and I quite enjoy him as an author. I’ve never lived in the south but I enjoy reading about it apparently. These characters were very real and honest and graphic and written just beautifully. The only downfall I think is that the end just didn’t do it for me. I liked the conclusion, but the actual last few pages I think was going for something deep but just didn’t hit for me. But that’s a minor thing as the actual conclusion to the stories and characters was done well.
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  • Melanie (Perpetually Reading)
    January 1, 1970
    Actual rating is 3.5 stars, but I rounded up to 4 for the sake of Goodreads. Joy's novel, The Line That Held Us, is a generic, but well written account of an accidental shooting and how its cover-up affects those involved. Although the plot itself isn't the most original (guy accidentally shoots another guy while out hunting, gets his best friend to hide the body, brother of dead guy vows revenge, etc.), the characters in the story are easy to sympathize with and were well thought-out. It's a go Actual rating is 3.5 stars, but I rounded up to 4 for the sake of Goodreads. Joy's novel, The Line That Held Us, is a generic, but well written account of an accidental shooting and how its cover-up affects those involved. Although the plot itself isn't the most original (guy accidentally shoots another guy while out hunting, gets his best friend to hide the body, brother of dead guy vows revenge, etc.), the characters in the story are easy to sympathize with and were well thought-out. It's a good straightforward story and is a quick and easy read if you need a break from any other, more contemplative novels that you've read recently.
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  • Donna Davis
    January 1, 1970
    Darl Moody and Calvin Hooper have been best friends forever, and so when Darl has the worst kind of accident, he knows who to turn to. You know what they say real friends will help you bury. The body in question is Carol Brewer; Darl was hunting out of season, and when he glimpsed something moving through the woods he thought it was a wild pig. Turned out he was wrong; turned out to be Carol, poaching ginseng on Coon Coward’s land. But you can’t bring the dead back to life, and you sure can’t ca Darl Moody and Calvin Hooper have been best friends forever, and so when Darl has the worst kind of accident, he knows who to turn to. You know what they say real friends will help you bury. The body in question is Carol Brewer; Darl was hunting out of season, and when he glimpsed something moving through the woods he thought it was a wild pig. Turned out he was wrong; turned out to be Carol, poaching ginseng on Coon Coward’s land. But you can’t bring the dead back to life, and you sure can’t call the cops for something like this. Carol is Dwayne’s brother, after all. Dwayne is a huge man, half- crazy and rattlesnake mean. There are no bygones in Dwayne Brewer’s world. There is only revenge. My thanks go to G.P. Putnam and Net Galley for the galley, which I received free in exchange for this honest review. “’I’d be lucky if all he did was come after me,” Darl said, “But knowing him, knowing everything he’s done, you and me both know it wouldn’t end there. I bet he’d come after my mama and my little sister and my niece and nephews and anybody else he could get his hands on. That son of a bitch is crazy enough to dig up my daddy’s bones just to set him on fire.”“[Calvin tells him] “You’re talking crazy, Darl.’“’Am I?’”So Carol disappears…for awhile. But Dwayne won’t be satisfied till he knows what has happened to his brother, who is all the family he has left. Once he finds out, of course all hell breaks loose. Joy is a champion at building visceral characters and using setting to develop them further. I know of no living writer better at describing hard core rural poverty to rival anything the Third World can offer:"The house had been built a room at a time from scrap wood salvaged and stolen. Nothing here was permanent and as each addition rotted away, a new one was hammered together from plywood and bent nails off another side so that slowly through the decades, the five-room shanty shifted around the property like a droplet of water following the path of least resistance. Red Brewer was no carpenter. Chicken coops were built better. So were doghouses. But this place had been the roof over their heads and had kept the rain off the Brewer clan's backs all Dwayne's miserable life."The murderous rage of Dwayne Brewer contrasts with the tender, poignant love that exists between Calvin and his girlfriend Angie, who has just learned she is pregnant. Calvin understands throughout all of this that he has a lot to lose, and this makes the conflict between Dwayne and Calvin an unequal one. I would have liked to see Angie better developed, and I blanched a bit at the line where she thinks that the only important thing is what’s growing in her uterus. But the story isn’t really about Angie, and I have seen Joy develop a strong female character in one of his earlier books. I hope to see more of that in his future work. Meanwhile, the passage where Dwayne visits Coon Coward—some four or five pages long—just about knocks me over. This is what great writing looks like. I struggled a bit with the ending, and this is where the fifth star comes off. The first 96 percent of this tale is flat-out brilliant, but I feel as if Joy pulls the ending a bit, and I can’t see why. None of the rest of the book points us toward this conclusion. Last, the reader should know that there is a great deal of truly grisly material here. We have a torture scene; we have numerous encounters with a decaying corpse. If you are a person that does most of your reading during mealtime, this might not be the best choice. For those that love excellent literary fiction or Southern fiction, this story is recommended. It will be released August 14, 2018, but you can pre-order it now. Is it worth full cover price? It is.
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  • Tim
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley to read and review.THE LINE THAT HELD US by David Joy, author of both “Where All Light Tends to Go” and “The Weight of This World” (both excellent books in my opinion), is another rural small town story like the aforementioned novels, and doesn’t hold back in the less pretty aspects of life by those who’ve been raised in the area; especially someone who’s been damaged as result of the environment he’s been raised in his formativ I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley to read and review.THE LINE THAT HELD US by David Joy, author of both “Where All Light Tends to Go” and “The Weight of This World” (both excellent books in my opinion), is another rural small town story like the aforementioned novels, and doesn’t hold back in the less pretty aspects of life by those who’ve been raised in the area; especially someone who’s been damaged as result of the environment he’s been raised in his formative years.Dwayne Brewer is a violent man, well known as is the rest of his family in the community, who is searching for his missing brother Carol, also known as Sissy, after poaching ginseng from a patch on a man’s property who is out of town at the time.Daryl Moody is the best friend of Calvin Hooper, and both are hard working “salt of the earth” types with the main difference being that Daryl is single, while Calvin is all but married to a beautiful and intelligent woman that he keeps being reminded that he should make an “honest woman”.Evidence comes up in Dwayne’s search for his brother that leads him to suspect Daryl and possibly Calvin of being involved in Carol’s disappearance, which puts the fear of God into both of them knowing Dwayne’s reputation for violence.Will Dwayne exact revenge for what he believes to be their involvement in his brother’s disappearance and possible death, or will they be able to avoid his wrath, possibly including revenge somehow? Suspenseful and riveting tale that makes it seem unlikely that either of the two friends can hope to escape from the situation they’ve found themselves in, bringing into question wrong decisions made and their repercussions, as well as the threat to losing everything; including those close to them and all that they love, as well as their own lives.David Joy has written another fine novel in a style that fits the surroundings present in his stories, and I’ll be looking forward to the next book he writes.5 stars.
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  • Cristina
    January 1, 1970
    Flannery O'Connor would've sopped up David Joy with a biscuit and a slice of peppery home grown tomato. Whenever I read David Joy, there's a familiar darkness, a grotesque intrigue, that draws me in and refuses my attempts to turn away. There's a morality, a code in mountain people, that while simple, maintains its own system of justice and balance. Finishing The Line That Held Us is like finishing O'Connor's Greenleaf. It isn't pretty, it isn't sweet, but Lord have mercy, it tightens within you Flannery O'Connor would've sopped up David Joy with a biscuit and a slice of peppery home grown tomato. Whenever I read David Joy, there's a familiar darkness, a grotesque intrigue, that draws me in and refuses my attempts to turn away. There's a morality, a code in mountain people, that while simple, maintains its own system of justice and balance. Finishing The Line That Held Us is like finishing O'Connor's Greenleaf. It isn't pretty, it isn't sweet, but Lord have mercy, it tightens within your chest, drawing life from your body, taking it inside root cellars, creek beds, ramshackle dwellings and tired singlewides, waiting down the barrel of a gun.Darl Moody, like most North Carolina hunters, hunts based on established hunting calendars, dates anticipated like holidays. In between seasons, he endeavors to get a jump on the season, a risky pursuit, even for the most avid sportsman. An accidental shooting leaves Darl Moody in a predicament he cannot plan for, nor can he recover from. He solicits the help of his oldest friend Calvin Hooper, as he tries in vain to make things right. Poverty and despair are central to every character, Darl and Calvin are no exception. Their families are people I've met, and shared meals with, and folks I've loved. Dwayne Brewer feels he's entitled to something. His life has been hard, and circumstances desolate. Within him, there's an evil and rage that rise to match years of anger and hurt, but all the while, he wants to live according to the word of God. He wants to be redeemed. He wants to make things right. Friendship and kinship drive men to do vile things, crazy, disgusting things. The depth of the male characters is impressive. They are multi-dimensional and real. They are people we all know. The question we're left with is, what would we do if those we love most were threatened? This is my favorite David Joy book to date. I thank Goodreads and Putnam Books for my Advance Reader Copy. It was a delight to read a book that would have easily found a place on my college's Southern Writers course reading list next to Flannery O'Connor, Alice Walker, Walker Percy, William Faulkner, Dorothy Allison, Kaye Gibbons and others.
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  • Dave
    January 1, 1970
    When Darl is out attempting to poach ahead of deer hunting season he makes a terrible mistake, and so begins this incredible story. Filled with violence and vengeance this is a story that reminds us how far we can go for what we love. There are times when the action gets so intense that an author lacking the skill of Joy would spiral out of control, that never happened. The pace and build up to the ultimate climax was damn near perfection. A helluva read I would recommend to anyone, especially t When Darl is out attempting to poach ahead of deer hunting season he makes a terrible mistake, and so begins this incredible story. Filled with violence and vengeance this is a story that reminds us how far we can go for what we love. There are times when the action gets so intense that an author lacking the skill of Joy would spiral out of control, that never happened. The pace and build up to the ultimate climax was damn near perfection. A helluva read I would recommend to anyone, especially those, like myself, drawn to western North Carolina. Thank you to the publisher for providing me with this arc available through edelweiss.
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  • Heather Ragan
    January 1, 1970
    I do believe this is my new favorite by Mr. Joy. As is his style, there is brutality that is most certainly inhumane, but entirely human. Mr. Joy writes as if he is throwing all caution to the wind, holding back nothing for the sake of taboo nor delicacy. And with most of his characters, no one is all good or bad, which is what gives such heart to his storytelling. Dwayne Brewer is a terrifying man on the outside and mostly the inside also. Yet he is still inherently human and a complete product I do believe this is my new favorite by Mr. Joy. As is his style, there is brutality that is most certainly inhumane, but entirely human. Mr. Joy writes as if he is throwing all caution to the wind, holding back nothing for the sake of taboo nor delicacy. And with most of his characters, no one is all good or bad, which is what gives such heart to his storytelling. Dwayne Brewer is a terrifying man on the outside and mostly the inside also. Yet he is still inherently human and a complete product of his environment, just as Darl and Calvin are products of their environment. Mr. Joy captures people in their rawest form through his words. It's almost as if he tells all our dirty secrets to the world. And mixed in with those secrets is a setting that is beautiful and open, yet challenging and void of mercy. Growing up in these same mountains, I'm being told of hills and hollows and clearings I've wandered my whole life. David Joy tells the tales of my home and he does it with cruelty and beauty just the same.
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  • Candice
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Penguin Random House for the advanced copy of this book - all opinions are my own.This is a book that packs a punch - dark, gritty, atmospheric, and tense, I picked this book up and devoured it in one sitting.Set in a small mountain town, Darl Moody finds himself in a world of trouble when he accidentally kills a man while out hunting. Terrified of the consequences from the man's family if he is found out, he makes a decision that sets off a ripple effect that may destroy everything he Thank you Penguin Random House for the advanced copy of this book - all opinions are my own.This is a book that packs a punch - dark, gritty, atmospheric, and tense, I picked this book up and devoured it in one sitting.Set in a small mountain town, Darl Moody finds himself in a world of trouble when he accidentally kills a man while out hunting. Terrified of the consequences from the man's family if he is found out, he makes a decision that sets off a ripple effect that may destroy everything he has every loved.David Joy is a master at writing stories that are equally beautiful and devastating. I found myself being pulled through a roller coaster of emotion during this book, where despite horrific actions, I was pulling for those characters to persevere, and simultaneously finding myself empathetic for the darkest and most villainous of characters. Despite the plot of this book, and the actions that carry it through, being wildly bleak and heartbreaking, there was so much goodness that seeped in through the cracks. You can identify with every single character, no matter how twisted, to understand the root of their actions, the why of what pushes them into the messes they get tangled into.This was a terrific read to kick off my month of reading, and has landed itself squarely as a contender for one of my top summer reads of the year. Get this on your list if you want something that is a truly unique twist on a murder mystery/character drama.
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  • Penny
    January 1, 1970
    If an author makes me want to keep reading well past bedtime, I am a fan for life. David Joy's books are so atmospheric and lyrical that I had to slow down to reread passages that were so beautifully crafted. The Line That Held Us definitely falls into this category. There are hints of Flannery O'Connor, Tim O'Brien, William Faulkner, and Cormac McCarthy here, making The Line That Held Us a bit creepy and gothic, too--in a good way. Is Appalachian Gothic a thing? If it is, David Joy's books fall If an author makes me want to keep reading well past bedtime, I am a fan for life. David Joy's books are so atmospheric and lyrical that I had to slow down to reread passages that were so beautifully crafted. The Line That Held Us definitely falls into this category. There are hints of Flannery O'Connor, Tim O'Brien, William Faulkner, and Cormac McCarthy here, making The Line That Held Us a bit creepy and gothic, too--in a good way. Is Appalachian Gothic a thing? If it is, David Joy's books fall into that category. I would always like to see a few more complex female characters, but the male characters are so compelling and the book is so suspenseful, I was happy to keep reading.
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  • Cynthia
    January 1, 1970
    David Joy is an author to watch for......he really knows how to dig in & write a story that sticks with you.....very descriptive, gritty scenes.... There is violence & gore here, but it does apply to the story....this is definitely NOT a 'cozy' read! Very descriptive of the environment, the attitudes, the verbal dialects, the smells.....the whole 'mess'! That ending...... he sure didn't 'tie everything up with neat little bow'!I received this e-ARC from Penguin's First-To-Read program, i David Joy is an author to watch for......he really knows how to dig in & write a story that sticks with you.....very descriptive, gritty scenes.... There is violence & gore here, but it does apply to the story....this is definitely NOT a 'cozy' read! Very descriptive of the environment, the attitudes, the verbal dialects, the smells.....the whole 'mess'! That ending...... he sure didn't 'tie everything up with neat little bow'!I received this e-ARC from Penguin's First-To-Read program, in return for my own unbiased, fair/honest review.
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  • Erika
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of the Goodreads giveaways I won and day-um am I a happy gal for it! Brand spankin new to Southern Noir and I want it all..to read on a porch in the mountains drinking high life.
  • Mainlinebooker
    January 1, 1970
    This is a difficult review to write. The ultimate message is searing and important but it was so painful and disturbing to claw my way to that point. This must be the most grim book I have ever read, combined with extremely descriptive visualizations of how a body decomposes. It possesses such a raw urgency which underlies its extreme power but hurt to read . When Darl goes poaching onto a neighbor's land to shoot some game, he accidentally shoots the brother of one of the most crazed men around This is a difficult review to write. The ultimate message is searing and important but it was so painful and disturbing to claw my way to that point. This must be the most grim book I have ever read, combined with extremely descriptive visualizations of how a body decomposes. It possesses such a raw urgency which underlies its extreme power but hurt to read . When Darl goes poaching onto a neighbor's land to shoot some game, he accidentally shoots the brother of one of the most crazed men around. Darl enlists his friend for life to help him bury the body as he sees no other way out. Suffice it to say that none of this ends well. On the plus side, it was wonderfully visual and perfect for an audio book. Religion, poverty, southern men, stoicism and ultimately love are wrapped up in a tight bundle, asking the ultimate question,"who would you give your life for?"Not for the faint hearted but for those able and willing to take a dive, it will be profound.
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  • Alex Carbo
    January 1, 1970
    David Joy is a Jedi master with language and words, transposing them into the finest pieces of storytelling you’ll ever get your hands on. His third novel is no exception and he starts it with one of the best opening line I’ve seen in a while.[Darl Moody didn’t give a wet sack of shit what the state considered poaching.]In The Line That Held Us, Joy stays close to his old habits that I believe his readers love to see in every story the man writes – one that is deeply rooted in place, characters David Joy is a Jedi master with language and words, transposing them into the finest pieces of storytelling you’ll ever get your hands on. His third novel is no exception and he starts it with one of the best opening line I’ve seen in a while.[Darl Moody didn’t give a wet sack of shit what the state considered poaching.]In The Line That Held Us, Joy stays close to his old habits that I believe his readers love to see in every story the man writes – one that is deeply rooted in place, characters trying to play the hands they are dealt, and survive a noir world. He does it while showing the incredible beauty this world hides. The beauty in going down the bottom of a pitch black barrel and coming out of it bruised and scattered, but alive and with a faint dim of light showing in your eyes. In Joy’s novel, survival is the true happy ending.That novel also clashes with Joy’s other work in the aspect that it has a proper villain. A William Gay-esque twisted and fucked up human being. A mean, bat-shit crazy, disgusting man that is blinded by love. A love so strong that it’ll eventually send him on a violent bender, chasing for vengeance, retribution and redemption. I know some will say that Jacob’s father also was a proper villain, although I’ve always pictured Jacob as his own worst enemy. So there you have it : A man with nothing to lose, now that he did the only thing he loved in this world, chasing after two best friends, ready to destroy anything or anyone that shall cross his path.This is the story of what you’ll do for the ones you love. Of what one would endure and fight for in the name of a significant other. A story about the bond between two human beings that is tougher than the rest. A story that made me shiver, gasp, shout and cry as much as it touched my heart. This is not a story about black or white, about light or dark, nor that it is about good vs evil. This is a love story à la David Joy.I cannot recommend this novel enough. Joy’s talent and prose is only matched by the magnificence of the Appalachian Mountains.
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  • Kippi
    January 1, 1970
    This book had me riveted from the very beginning. The story is dark and melancholic (as one would expect from David Joy), but he has a way of bringing the tiniest things of beauty out into the light. One of my absolute favorite passages is “That night, Dwayne Brewer paddled across the sky. Each stroke dipped into the heavens, the stars vibrating on the water’s surface like the strings of an instrument strummed by his gentle passing.” There are so many examples of this masterful wordcraft. The be This book had me riveted from the very beginning. The story is dark and melancholic (as one would expect from David Joy), but he has a way of bringing the tiniest things of beauty out into the light. One of my absolute favorite passages is “That night, Dwayne Brewer paddled across the sky. Each stroke dipped into the heavens, the stars vibrating on the water’s surface like the strings of an instrument strummed by his gentle passing.” There are so many examples of this masterful wordcraft. The best way I can think of to describe it is to say that Joy’s stories are like thorns in your heart, but his telling of them allows you to see the dewdrops on the rose petals (even as you’re being impaled). This particular story is about two brothers and two best friends and how their lives intertwine to create a perfect tragedy. It involves murder, rage, mental instability, grief, sacrifice, and the hopelessness of losing everything one loves. It also involves the bonds of brotherhood, lifelong friends, and the fierce love that binds each pair together. The tale is fast-paced and mesmerizing throughout - like a fatal accident, you can’t look away. As usual, Joy brings both the charm and harsh realities of Appalachian life, and has a way of making you wish you knew and loved your own “neck of the woods” the same way. I grew up (and still live) in rural west TN, and many of the same cultural norms exist here. Suddenly, everybody knowing everybody (and their lineage for at least a couple of generations) feels like a blessing instead of a curse, or maybe both. If you read David Joy’s other books and already know what he can do, get this book. It will not disappoint! If you haven’t read any of his books yet and haven’t experienced being slayed by this man’s pen, get this book. It is a heart-wrenching, exquisitely beautiful tale that you will not want to put down.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    The Line That Held Us was my first novel by David Joy, but it definitely won't be my last.You can read the synopsis and see what this is about so I won't repeat it here. I really honestly don't want to spoil any bit of the story! But I will say, upon starting I was worried that I would have a hard time relating to the characters in this book or understanding them/their ways. But a good story is a good story and this one just sunk right in and grabbed a hold on me. Being from the south I feel lik The Line That Held Us was my first novel by David Joy, but it definitely won't be my last.You can read the synopsis and see what this is about so I won't repeat it here. I really honestly don't want to spoil any bit of the story! But I will say, upon starting I was worried that I would have a hard time relating to the characters in this book or understanding them/their ways. But a good story is a good story and this one just sunk right in and grabbed a hold on me. Being from the south I feel like writers, even southern writers, tend to go too far and don't really nail the details. Then I read David Joy and I feel like he totally gets it. Every dirty detail of it. He pays a lot of attention to the details and makes sure they are all correct. This book was filled with rage...with fire...with heart. This was a dark book. Definitely a fast read but one you should take your time with. Let it sit and soak for a bit. I didn't think for one second that this book was going to have a happy ending....even knowing that, I was excited to see where it went. Now, a lot of people may warn you about graphic scene involving decay or whatever, but not me. What I'm going to warn you about is the rat murder. LOL. The rat murder scenes in this book go right up there with the rat murder scene in American Psycho, in my opinion. He should get an award for describing such things to the point where I almost vomited. But once again I think those scenes were necessary for character. Which is weird because I'm one of those "I'd rather a human character die than an animal" people....but here we are. I received an ARC (Thank you!) of this book in exchange for an unbiased honest review.
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  • Clinton Greaves
    January 1, 1970
    I've been a big David Joy fan ever since his debut novel, WHERE ALL LIGHT TENDS TO GO, was released in 2015. It was one of my favorite crime reads of that year. Joy solidified his place as a master of Appalachian Noir with his sophomore effort, THE WEIGHT OF THIS WORLD . Now, with THE LINE THAT HELD US he has simply expanded upon an ever increasing catalog of top-notch fiction. I've previously stated that Joy's writing is poetic, brutal, and illuminating, reminiscent of Daniel Woodrell and Ron R I've been a big David Joy fan ever since his debut novel, WHERE ALL LIGHT TENDS TO GO, was released in 2015. It was one of my favorite crime reads of that year. Joy solidified his place as a master of Appalachian Noir with his sophomore effort, THE WEIGHT OF THIS WORLD . Now, with THE LINE THAT HELD US he has simply expanded upon an ever increasing catalog of top-notch fiction. I've previously stated that Joy's writing is poetic, brutal, and illuminating, reminiscent of Daniel Woodrell and Ron Rash, and that continues to be the case. In this latest gem, Joy sets the reader up with a pretty simple premise: Darl Moody is hunting in the woods and accidentally shoots a man he mistakes for a deer. Unfortunately for Darl, the man he killed is a Brewer, and has a brother, Dwayne Brewer, who is no foreigner to bloodlust. Fearing reprisal, Darl hides the killing with the help of his best friend, Calvin Hooper. The rest of the novel is an action-packed Russian nesting doll of increasing complications, twists, and turns. Joy is a master at making a reader wince with dread. You just have a sense that things aren't going to end well for his characters. Interestingly enough, though, this novel offers up more hope than his previous two. "Grace" is a word that is thrown around in the book, and is easily one of the novel's themes. And grace has gifted us with the talented David Joy. Put this book at the top of your list of summer reads.
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  • Kelsey
    January 1, 1970
    This is 100% not a book that I usually would go for, but something about the summary appealed to me. I like a good thriller and this book was fast-paced and dark. It''s my first read by David Joy and he did a fantastic job creating a truly diverse range of characters- many of which were hiding secrets. Darl and Calvin have been best friends for years, so it only makes sense for Darl to call Calvin when he accidentally kills a man while hunting deer. What results is an insane roller coaster of a This is 100% not a book that I usually would go for, but something about the summary appealed to me. I like a good thriller and this book was fast-paced and dark. It''s my first read by David Joy and he did a fantastic job creating a truly diverse range of characters- many of which were hiding secrets. Darl and Calvin have been best friends for years, so it only makes sense for Darl to call Calvin when he accidentally kills a man while hunting deer. What results is an insane roller coaster of a story that I definitely did not see coming. THE LINE THAT HELD US is very short. I read it on a plane in a few hours but it certainly packed a punch. Darl's actions lead to a ripple effect that ends up impacting almost everyone he knows. The man he kills is a Brewer. The Brewers do not have a good reputation in the town and so when Dwayne Brewer realizes his brother is missing this does not bode well for those involved. This wasn't a typical mystery, it was definitely more of a dark thriller. Still, I was never entirely sure what shocking thing would happen next. I am always impressed by strong character development and while we never got a chance to really know the characters before the "incident", they were all certainly memorable. THE LINE THAT HELD US took place out in the middle of nowhere and focused on the intersection between family, friendship, and trust. Lies were told, promises broken, and quite a lot of blood was spilled. I am interested in seeing the wide spread reaction to this book. The ending left a little to be desired and I had to reread the last few pages to make sure I knew what had happened, but I overall found this a unique and interesting read. It certainly will not be for everyone, but I think the darkness was what made this book so powerful.
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  • Bonnie
    January 1, 1970
    Short Summary: Darl Moody knows that he’s poaching when he sets out to go hunting late one night but he’s got many mouths to feed. The bullet he fires intended for an animal turns out to be none other than Carol Brewer who was also poaching on the same land, and instead of owning up to his mistake he buries the body and hopes that his terrifying brother Dwayne doesn’t ever connect the dots.Thoughts: David Joy’s novels are impressively engaging and invoke the essence of the South in all the best Short Summary: Darl Moody knows that he’s poaching when he sets out to go hunting late one night but he’s got many mouths to feed. The bullet he fires intended for an animal turns out to be none other than Carol Brewer who was also poaching on the same land, and instead of owning up to his mistake he buries the body and hopes that his terrifying brother Dwayne doesn’t ever connect the dots.Thoughts: David Joy’s novels are impressively engaging and invoke the essence of the South in all the best (and terrible) waysVerdict: The Line That Held Us was a riveting story of the reverberations of vengeance that was poignantly written. In his third novel, David Joy is clearly only getting better.I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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