The Line That Held Us is a gritty novel about life in the Appalachian mountains and what happens when you…well…when you f*** up. People so removed from mainstream society don’t always react in the ways you might think they would or handle situations in a predictable way. Darl Moody accidentally kills a man while hunting, but he doesn’t handle the mistake the way you might think. When he finds out that he killed a Brewer, he fears for his life and the life of his family. Even though it was an accident, he knows the Brewers mean business all the time and forgiveness and understanding are not in their nature.
This book was a page turner for sure. I read it in a little over a day because I just could not pull myself away from this story. I found the writing to be raw and eloquent at the same time: Joy describes the scenes with such detail that you can picture them with perfect clarity yet he adds just enough insight to make the whole mess of a situation heart wrenching.
I always find that the best books are the hardest to review so I apologize for the simple sentiments. I loved everything about this novel. I loved the characters in this book, they were realistic and believable. I loved the setting, the story, the writing. All of it! Everything was wild yet so believable. I can only imagine what life might be like high up on a mountain, but David Joy has given insight into just what that kind of life might be like.
Needless to say, I loved this book, I rated it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars before I even finished it. I’ve also already bought all of David Joy’s other novels. If you are at all curious about this book, just read it you won’t be disappointed!