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256 pages, Hardcover
First published August 14, 2018
"A man's mind is his own kind of hell."
A tragic accident and a bad decision lead to violence, despair and revenge with deadly consequences in the Appalachia as an unbalanced Big BAD Giant of a man with a history seeks justice for the only one he has ever loved in the world.
In THE LINE THAT HELD US, there's really not a whole lot to the storyline nor are there many characters, but, oh my, the intensity of the writing does put the fear of what's to come in your bones and pulls the reader right into the tough life with visually deep descriptive prose.
There are a few bits of animal cruelty, but what really makes this DARK read VERY DARK happens to be an (ICK!) morbid fascination......and then there is the ending....that I'm still processing.
Many thanks to PENGUIN GROUP Putnam via NetGalley for the arc AVAILABLE TODAY in exchange for review.
. . .As a big fan of Grit Lit, and after reading several glowing reviews, I expected to be totally blown away by this story. Sadly, I wasn’t. I thought the plot was pretty vanilla, the characters underdeveloped, and the dialog surprisingly free from that country slang I’ve grown accustomed to in these hillbilly noirs (is the author an Elmore Leonard disciple or something?¹). Also, there were so many scenes involving the gratuitous description of a rotting corpse that I began to question whether they served any purpose or were there simply for the shock value.