The Line That Held Us by David Joy

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 n...

Details The Line That Held Us

TitleThe Line That Held Us
Release DateAug 14th, 2018
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons
GenreFiction, American, Southern, Thriller, Cultural, Contemporary, Literary Fiction, Adult

Reviews The Line That Held Us

  • Larry H
    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...
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    From the first second we heard about this 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 sta...
  • Carol
    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 th...
  • Cheri
    ”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 wa...
  • Zoeytron
    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....
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: 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...
  • Jennifer
    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 ...
  • Faith
    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 Calvi...
  • Katie B
    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 wo...
  • Joseph
    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...
  • David Joy
    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
    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 de...
  • Melanie (Perpetually Reading)
    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 sy...
  • Donna Davis
    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...
  • Tim
    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 damag...
  • Cristina
    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 ...
  • Dave
    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 hell...
  • Heather Ragan
    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 h...
  • Candice
    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 ...
  • Penny
    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 Appalachia...
  • Cynthia
    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-A...
  • Erika
    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 read on a porch in the mountains drinking high life.
  • Mainlinebooker
    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 shoot...
  • Alex Carbo
    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 ...
  • Kippi
    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 ...
  • Becky
    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 gra...
  • Clinton Greaves
    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 illu...
  • Kelsey
    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 de...
  • Bonnie
    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 eng...