The Line That Held Us

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 k From critically acclaimed author David Joy comes a remarkable novel about the cover-up of an accidental death, ...

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Title:The Line That Held Us
Author:David Joy
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:0399574220
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

The Line That Held Us Reviews

  • Cheri
    Jul 18, 2018
    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?I got friends who know how to have a good time They roll their own and drink carolina shine I?ve seen the devil in a dark coal mine I?ve been higher than a Georgia pine ?Yeah there?s people all across the land From New York out to ol? San Fra...
  • Kristy
    Nov 11, 2018
    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 Br...
  • JanB
    Oct 16, 2018
    Grit Lit, Southern Noir, Appalachian Noir?whatever 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 a...
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    May 24, 2018
    From the first second we heard about this book..my 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 som...
  • Marialyce
    Aug 30, 2018
    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 ad...
  • Joseph
    May 29, 2018
    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 ...
  • Jennifer
    May 04, 2018
    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 ...
  • Rachel
    Oct 06, 2018
    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...
  • Diane S ☔
    Sep 26, 2018
    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 ...
  • Susanne Strong
    Sep 09, 2018
    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 y...
  • Angela M
    Aug 07, 2018
    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, friend...
  • Debra
    Aug 15, 2018
    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 ba...
  • Larry H
    May 08, 2018
    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...
  • Carol
    Aug 14, 2018
    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 ...
  • Melissa
    Oct 05, 2018
    Eagerly anticipated, since first whisper of its impending release?no pressure or anything Mr. Joy?THE 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 th...
  • Dana
    Sep 09, 2018
    Appalachian noir at its finest. The writing is raw and gritty, yet hauntingly beautiful. ...
  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    Oct 17, 2018
    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 i...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Jun 08, 2018
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ EDIT: 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 y...
  • Zoeytron
    Jul 20, 2018
    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 o...
  • Karen
    Nov 10, 2018
    I just finished the audiobook and this was so suspenseful... I couldn?t 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 horri...
  • Kaceey - Traveling Sister
    Nov 10, 2018
    A thought provoking gem of a read! This book has been cleverly hiding on my shelf for months. I?d 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. You?...
  • Paula Kalin
    Aug 10, 2018
    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 seaso...
  • Carol
    Jun 23, 2018
    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 fro...
  • Jen
    Sep 03, 2018
    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 don?t w...
  • David Joy
    May 02, 2018
    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. ...
  • Meredith
    Aug 05, 2018
    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 ja...
  • Michelle
    Jun 23, 2018
    4.5 stars For 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. Thi...
  • Katie B
    Jun 22, 2018
    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 sam...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    Oct 09, 2018
    4.5 stars! I can?t 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 ...
  • Rose (Traveling Sister)
    Sep 24, 2018
    3 short and sickly sweet stars for David Joy's gonzo little book, The Line That Held Us. "Not enough time had passed to know whether this was something a man could live with or if it would gnaw him in two. They were still too close to what had happened to see it with any sort of per...