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Editorial Reviews

Editors Select, March 2015 - Where All Light Tends to Go was first described to me as Breaking Bad meets Winter's Bone. I was in the middle of binge-watching Walter White's journey at the time – and couldn't get enough – so had to start reading this book. David Joy's debut, about a young man trying to escape the cycle of violence passed on in his family, is beautifully written and truly haunting. It's dark, gritty, and not for the faint of heart. I can't help but think that Joy – who I'm told is a big fan of audio – will be just as excited as we are to have listener favorite MacLeod Andrews performing his work. —Diana, Audible Editor
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Publisher's Summary

In the country-noir tradition of Winter's Bone meets Breaking Bad, a savage and beautiful story of a young man seeking redemption.
The area surrounding Cashiers, North Carolina, is home to people of all kinds, but the world that Jacob McNeely lives in is crueler than most. His father runs a methodically organized meth ring, with local authorities on the dime to turn a blind eye to his dealings. Having dropped out of high school and cut himself off from his peers, Jacob has been working for this father for years, all on the promise that his payday will come eventually. The only joy he finds comes from reuniting with Maggie, his first love, and a girl clearly bound for bigger and better things than their hardscrabble town.
Jacob has always been resigned to play the cards that were dealt him, but when a fatal mistake changes everything, he's faced with a choice: stay and appease his father, or leave the mountains with the girl he loves. In a place where blood is thicker than water and hope takes a back seat to fate, Jacob wonders if he can muster the strength to rise above the only life he's ever known.
©2015 David Joy (P)2015 Penguin Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By David Shear on 03-09-15


Wow this is a great book, I just loved it.
The development of the main character was so deep and thorough, I was completely invested in what happened to him. He was flawed and likable and I really rooted for him.
The other main "character" in this book was the setting of the story. There was a darkness, and a hopelessness, that had such a weight that it brought it's own emotional reaction.
The story, and pace, and interactions were perfect. The story was very centered around the main character and how he interacted with the other characters, but it was done with a great story, good action, and a great pace.
I don't have a single negative critique about this book.
The narrator was ridiculously perfect. I'm not sure I've ever heard a better pairing of a book and a narrator as this one. As an audible listener, the experience is definitely better than reading it. The narrator brought an extra depth to the story.
I highly recommend this book.

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57 of 63 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By L. O. Pardue on 11-03-15

So Sad and Dark - Still Thinking About this Story

I didn't know what to expect, but I couldn't let go of the listen once I started. If I had understood what it was truly about, I may not have ever started this book -- which would have been too bad for me. I finished this book a month ago, but still think about it all the time. I feel like I knew the main character so well and rooted for him to escape his hard scrabble life in a hopeless place. Perfect for a book club because I am dying to discuss it with someone.

I listen to lots of violent books because I love thrillers and mysteries. This one had a few scenes that I had to skip over once I got the gist of what was happening. Too much for me to handle.

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11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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