The Line That Held Us
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 ...more
"In that moment, he knew that he was standing in the midst of something that would never be forgotten, something he would carry from this place and bear the rest of his life. There was no turning back. That single certainty consumed him."
Darl Moody makes a series of bad decisions. He decides to hunt out of season on another man's land. He is hunting for many reasons: he loves hunting, he helps put food on his sister's table, and he desperately wants to get that buck which has eluded him ...more
“Every choice held consequence.”
The Line that Held Us is a vicious, violent, dark and dirty novel about the consequences stemming from an accidental shooting deep in the Appalachian mountains.
While out hunting one evening, Darl Moody makes a kill that has jarring consequences. He thought he shot a wild boar but instead shot a man. Darl decides not to report the incident and calls on his best friend, Calvin Hooper, to help him bury the body. The aftermath of this decision results in a ...more
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 ...more
This book has been cleverly hiding on my shelf for months. I’d even noticed many of my friends had given fabulous reviews for it. And still, there it sat. What was I waiting for?
First page to the last, it was off and running at full-speed.
You’ll experience the full spectrum of emotions on your journey through this read. It’s dark, it’s gritty and it’s beautifully written.
What starts as a tragic accident soon becomes a desperate struggle to protect those you ...more
Set in Appalachia we meet Darl Moody hunting out of season on another’s property. He makes the biggest mistake of his life when accidentally shooting Sissy, the younger brother of the meanest and most terrifying giant of a man, Dwayne Brewer. Darl Moody understands that he ...more
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 ...more
Will appeal to those who like that southern hillbilly noir lit with little southern charm.
4 for a page turner I ...more
Okay, I'm going to be honest. I am wimpy and this was so violent in places it was outside my comfort zone. I did admire the ...more
The novel opens with an accidental death and a cover-up. Soon things spin out of control and Dwayne, the victim’s brother, won’t rest until he has avenged his brother’s death. They grew up in an abusive home and Dwayne felt it was his duty to protect his ...more
”I got friends who know how to have a good time
They roll their own and drink carolina shine
I’ve seen the devil in a dark coal mine
I’ve been higher than a Georgia pine
“Yeah there’s people all across the land
From New York out to ol’ San Fran
Just don’t give a damn all the time
In an outlaw state of mind”
--“Outlaw State of Mind,” Chris Stapleton, Songwriters: Ronnie Bowman / Chris Stapleton / Jerry Salley
Even though it was two months before the official hunting season ...more
I can’t shake the spine-tingling, stomach-churning, revenge-seeking, heart-pounding tension that filled every page of this intense, gritty, gun-slinging backroads tale.
This dark, unflinching and violent story follows Darl Moody and Calvin Hooper, two men who have been friends since childhood. Darl and Calvin find themselves caught in the deceit of covering up an accidental murder. They are faced with unexpected and unending repercussions and revenge.
This is not an easy read by any ...more
Chilling, Dark, Dangerous, Insanely GRITTY and Gut-Wrenching.
“The Line That Held Us” by David Joy is a novel that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up almost immediately. That feeling never goes away. You will get the shivers and your skin will feel a grimy grittiness and yet you can’t tear yourself away.
Darl Moody is a man on on a mission: he wants to hunt. It’s out of season but he needs to put food on the table. He should have known better than to ...more
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 ...more
EDIT: Because it was this book's birthday yesterday and when a book finally gets released that will EASILY make your Best of 2018 list, you float it . . . .
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 ...more
Darl goes poaching on a neighbors land while the neighbor is out of town...he loves hunting, he sees a shadow aways away, and watches for awhile, shoots.. and it ends up being a horrible accident. What he shot was a man who was out on the same land gathering ginseng, this sets off actions that make him a target of the crazed brother of the man he shot.
At times this was almost too much to take, ...more
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 ...more
David Joy holds nothing back here and pulls no stops with this stunning and violent story that explores sacrifice and suffering. We were immediately drawn into a world where our characters live by a code and where family roots run deep and the lines that hold them are clear. The story is fiercely intense with descriptive violence that at times forced me ...more
"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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
“There are some things worth dying for and some things worth killing for and some things that could make a man do all sorts of things he never knew he was capable of until the time came to do them.”
Darl Moody has had a dream, an adventure, a quest with nature that he has followed for quite some time. He has been chasing a buck, it being the focus of an undertaking, an achievement, a purpose, a way in which he pits himself against what life has offered ...more
Last year I really dropped the ball on writing and posting timely reviews. Even though I pledged several times to do better—to catch up or expand on a few mini-reviews—I never actually followed through. Well, it’s finally time to deliver on some of those promises. Just don’t expect any detailed summary or analysis because it’s been many a moon since I read most of these books, and my memory while elephantine is not eidetic.
Up first is an opinion that’s sure to draw the ire of many a fellow ...more
The thing that most struck me about this book was a noticeable lack of tension in Joy's writing. Moments of horror and extreme violence were unable ...more
For whom are you willing to lay down your life?
I actually came across David Joy when I stumbled upon his review for Taylor Brown’s novel Gods of Howl Mountain. I liked his writing style and was touched by his taking the time to critically read other authors' works. This is why I was so very glad to have received this ARC. As with Gods of Howl Mountain, The Line That Held Us is very dark, bleak and gritty. Joy’s descriptions are poetic and lush; so full of meaning but unassuming. If I ...more