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

  • Melissa
    Eagerly anticipated, since first whisper of its impending releaseno pressure or anything Mr. JoyTHE LINE THAT HELD US turned out to be one of those elusive novels, capable of stealing the words from my mouth. Fiddling with my feelings. Consuming my cortex. Drying up the drivel that flows easily from brain to restless fingers following that final page. Its taken darn near two months and one read through, followed by a second, only a few weeks late...
  • 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 the b...
  • 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...
  • Kaceey
    A thought provoking gem of a read!This book has been cleverly hiding on my shelf for months. Id 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.Youll experience the full spectrum of emotions on your journey through this read. Its dark, its gritty and its beautifully written. What starts as a tragic accident soon becomes ...
  • Paula
    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 anothers 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...
  • Angela M
    Southern noir, grit lit - whatever you want to call it, its dark and gruesome, so gruesome, filled with grit, blood and rage. Its the kind of book you just cant put down even though its at times predictable and gross, because theres a lot more here - about family, friendship, about how the misery of the past can shape who you are sometimes. Its the kind of book I can read only occasionally. This one had some particularly gruesome depictions, so i...
  • 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 starte...
  • Jen
    Holy Moly. Or maybe I should be saying Hail Mary. This story is GRIT-TY. So much so I think anyone should be saying their prayers if they should ever encounter a Dwayne Brewer- Especially one who is looking for his missing brother. And 2 buddies know what happened to him. You dont want to be either one of these guys as Dwayne is one big bad ass who will stop at nothing to get revenge.Will appeal to those who like that southern hillbilly noir lit ...
  • Diane S ☔
    Southern noir, Southern grit, I guess there are several different classifications for this type of book. An accidental shooting, posching outside of the official deer season, leads to untold violence. Sonny is the man accidentally shot to death, mistaken for a deer, leading to a cover up, that doesn't stay covered up. Revenge, one of the oldest motives in the Appalachians. Okay, I'm going to be honest. I am wimpy and this was so violent in places...
  • JanB
    Grit Lit, Southern Noir, Appalachian Noirwhatever you call it, I call it terrific writing. There's not a wasted word and so much is said without extraneous details. It takes skill to develop characters so well in a relatively short book.The novel opens with an accidental death and a cover-up. Soon things spin out of control and Dwayne, the victims brother, wont rest until he has avenged his brothers death. They grew up in an abusive home and Dway...
  • Cheri
    !! NOW AVAILABLE !!I got friends who know how to have a good timeThey roll their own and drink carolina shineIve seen the devil in a dark coal mineIve been higher than a Georgia pineYeah theres people all across the landFrom New York out to ol San FranJust dont 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 was two month...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    4.5 stars! I cant 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 repercussio...
  • Susanne Strong
    4.25 Stars* (rounded down)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 cant tear yourself away. Darl Moody is a man on on a mission: he wants to hunt. Its out of season but he needs to put food on th...
  • Carol
    David Joy tweeted earlier this summer: Just because you aint been reading the right books dont mean they aint 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 the scene, remain...
  • 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 Ive 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 Mitchells Heart moniker came from David Joys stories are abo...
  • Karen
    I just finished the audiobook and this was so suspenseful... I couldnt stop from going back to it.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 sho...
  • 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....
  • Brenda -Traveling Sister
    I read this one with six of my Traveling Sisters and this was one that left us all breathless after reading it. It made for a great discussion. 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Marialyce
    4 hard to read but wondrously written starsThere 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...
  • Kristy
    Darl Moody has been after this infamous giant buck for years. So when he hears his neighbor has gone away for a week, he takes the opportunity to go hunting--off-season and illegally--on his land. But Darl never imagined it would end like this: it isn't the buck he kills, it's Carol Brewer, a member of a local family known for violence and hatred. Scared and panicked, Darl turns to his best friend, Calvin Hooper, for help. But when Carol remains ...
  • Ɗẳɳ 2.☊
    ★★☆☆☆½Last year I really dropped the ball on writing and posting timely reviews. Even though I pledged several times to do betterto catch up or expand on a few mini-reviewsI never actually followed through. Well, its finally time to deliver on some of those promises. Just dont expect any detailed summary or analysis because its been many a moon since I read most of these books, and my memory while elephantine is not eidetic. Up first i...
  • Rachel
    The Line That Held Us is less of a mystery than it is a present day Aeschylean revenge saga set in Appalachia, which explores the gruesome ramifications of a hunter accidentally shooting and killing the brother of one of the town's most notorious and violent men. The premise was really fantastic, but David Joy didn't exactly sell me on its execution.The thing that most struck me about this book was a noticeable lack of tension in Joy's writing. M...
  • 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...
  • 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 Browns 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. Joys descriptions are poetic and ...
  • Darinda
    Darl goes deer hunting and accidentally shoots a man. When he realizes who the man is, and that he is the brother of a very violent man, Darl enlists the help of his best friend Calvin to dispose of the body. The dead man's brother, Dwayne, starts looking for him and finds the path leads to Darl. A story about revenge. This novel starts with Darl doing something bad - hunting in the off season - and gets much, much worse. Dwayne's grief leads him...