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The Line That Held Us by David    Joy
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David Joy's novel The Line That Held Us is a novel about what happens when decent people do something terrible that result in even more reverberating, disastrous events.

Darl Moody and Calvin Hooper are life-long friends, each that has sworn life and death loyalty to each other, and when one horrible act occurs, the tale details the events that spiral from the accidental to the repercussions of what happens when one can't do the right thing.

Carol "Sissy" Brewer and Dwayne Brewer are brothers, with "Sissy" being somewhat of a simpleton, while Dwayne is best characterized as an intelligent, violent sociopath.

When the two parties are pulled together by what starts as a horrible accident, the reader soon realizes the story will end in further carnage.

As with his other novels, Joy's descriptive nature is visual and lyrical. One appreciated aspect is how Joy creates a believable story, which includes a plausible reason why good people faced with circumstances that prevent them from doing the right thing.
This novel is highly recommended for those that like novels that are commonly referred as "Southern Noir" or "Southern Grit" fiction.
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Reading Progress

July 29, 2018 – Started Reading
July 29, 2018 – Shelved
July 30, 2018 –
page 30
August 1, 2018 –
page 100
39.06% "David Joy is another fine Southern writer with such wonderful descriptive writing. This is a brutal novel, where cuts are felt and sadness built when not terrible people are going to meet terrible ends....."
August 7, 2018 – Finished Reading

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Melissa Nice review, Eric.

Eric Melissa wrote: "Nice review, Eric."
Thank you Melissa....

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