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, Thriller, Mystery, Mystery Thriller

Reviews The Line That Held Us

  • Debra
    4.5 stars"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 despe...
  • Meredith
    4.5 stars “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...
  • 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...
  • Angela M
    Southern noir, grit lit - whatever you want to call it, it’s dark and gruesome, so gruesome, filled with grit, blood and rage. It’s the kind of book you just can’t put down even though it’s at times predictable and gross, because there’s a lot more here - about family, friendship, about how the misery of the past can shape who you are sometimes. It’s the kind of book I can read only occasionally. This one had some particularly gruesom...
  • 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...
  • Cheri
    !! NOW AVAILABLE !!”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 Sta...
  • Paula Kalin
    David Joy is now one of my favorite authors. I first read his Where all the Light Tends to Go which I enjoyed tremendously. The Line That Held Us has exceeded my expectations. David Joy is one of the finest writers out there!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 ...
  • 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...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: 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 . . . . ORIGINAL REVIEW: 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...
  • 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....
  • Carol
    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 th...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • Marialyce
    4 hard to read but wondrously written stars“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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Michelle
    4.5 starsFor 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 poeti...
  • Laura
    Darkety, Dark, Dark! Fast paced and intense. Dwayne Brewer character is well developed. The reader gets more of him than originally assumed or expected. I am unsure how I feel about the ending but man this one was good.GR friend Cheri shared this review and this explains Dwayne perfectly. Read David's 5-star review of The Line That Held Us by David Joy
  • Lisa
    [3.5] A hunting accident starts a violent chain of events. I can't say I enjoyed this novel - but it did capture my attention and didn't let go. Spending time inside the head of the raging, broken and crazed Dwayne Brewer wasn't fun. I felt like I was on a roller coaster - but one of those roller coasters that just gets too scary and make you feel like you are about to be sick. So even though my stomach is a bit too weak to fully appreciate this ...
  • Eric
    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. Caro...
  • 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...
  • Hayley Stenger
    This is a pretty short novel, but oh boy is it ominous. If it was a movie, my hands would have been over my eyes. It was a book however, and that was not possible. Not for the squeamish reader.
  • Carolyn
    I don’t know if I’d call this a domestic thriller, but if it is, it’s definitely a breath of fresh air! I didn’t realize how much I missed male characters! I’ve been reading so many stories about wives whose husbands are the antagonists, so this was a pleasant change of scenery. It has a dark, grit aura about it - very “No Country for Old Men” vibe.
  • Karen
    THE LINE THAT HELD USBy David JoyThis excellent writer David Joy is an author of exceptional writing talent. This came along at exactly the perfect time for me as I was afraid I was becoming apathetic in my love of reading. I love beautiful prose and I have to say I am so grateful for expanding my horizon's in choice of genre. I thought this was going to be a quiet story and had gone into it completely blind. That enhanced my reading pleasure. I ...
  • 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...
  • Shane Douglas Keene
    The blood and breath of Appalachia flow through David Joy's words and you can tell he's writing about home, not just a place removed. He's got his finger firmly on the pulse of these poor, hard-scrabble survivors who use desperation both as a means to an end and a way of life in general. Joy tells his story with a love of language and a certain poetry of violence that's seldom found outside the works of William Gay and Daniel Woodrell, and If you...
  • 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...