The Line That Held Us

The Line That Held Us

by David Joy


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The Line That Held Us by David Joy

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399574221
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/14/2018
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 61,344
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

David Joy is the author of The Weight of This World and Where All Light Tends to Go, an Edgar finalist for Best First Novel. His stories and creative nonfiction have appeared in a number of publications, and he is the author of the memoir Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman's Journey. Joy lives in Sylva, North Carolina.

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The Line That Held Us 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
feather_lashes 3 months ago
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. 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: NetGalley Author: David Joy Publisher: Penguin Group Putnam - G.P. Putnam's Sons Genres: General Fiction (Adult) Pub Date: August 14, 2018
Magerber 5 months ago
This was an absolutely beautiful, bleak as hell, novel. It is the story of a man who is out hunting, and accidentally kills another. The first man calls his best friend to help him bury the body. When the brother of the dead man finds out what has happened, he goes after the two friends to achieve vengeance. It’s a fairly simply plot line, but the characters, the setting and the glimpse into the history that made these people is truly riveting. I found it difficult to put this book down. I read an advanced reading copy from Penguin Group Putnam via NetGalley. Thanks!
Candice_S 5 months ago
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.
cristieu 5 months ago
This dark read has all of the elements of a good book: suspense, danger, revenge, and a plot and character that keep the reader invested. Brilliantly written!
357800 5 months ago
......DARK, VERY DARK. "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 is a bit 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.
Katie__B 5 months ago
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.