Joy has a talent for keeping the reader's pulse pounding while creating vivid scenes that stick in the mind - sometimes in very uncomfortable ways.
His description of country thugs using acid on the face of a tied-up victim comes to mind.
The book takes place in North Carolina, following a high school dropout who is traveling in his father's crime-ridden footsteps. There are fights, drugs, fights over drugs, more drugs, guns and drugs, and enough petty criminality to make many readers turn away from the tale.
But the story was so compelling, turning away was never option for me.
|Author David Joy, sporting a North Carolina look|
Don't give up on this book as you read it.
Where All Light Tends to Go is a powerful book that might give you some troubling dreams. But it's worth the read.
And it's on the new book shelf at the Watkins Glen Public Library.