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review 2016-12-07 18:56
Review: Where the Dead Go to Die
Where the Dead Go to Die - Aaron Dries,Mark Allan Gunnells

 

I would like to thank Crystal Lake Publishing for providing me with an advanced reading copy of Where the Dead Go to Die.

 

I have to admit I was a bit apprehensive going into this one. I usually avoid zombie books as I feel it's been done many times before - and to be honest I'm really rather bored of them - but Where the Dead Go to Die is a unique take and I was pleasantly surprised. I was intrigued by the concept. A hospice for zombies is a fresh twist that had me going against my usual rule of bypassing any book that has to do with zombies, and I'm really glad that I decided to give this book a try. However, this is more than just a zombie novel, it shines a light on the bond between family members and explores the different ways that people cope with tragedy.

 

We have hospices that provide care for many different illnesses, so why not provide the same kind of care for victims of a virus that slowly turns your loved one into a cannibalistic killer? How would you cope should you find someone you love infected? Would you fear for your own life and turn your back on them, or would you make sure they had all the love and care that they need in the time they have left? This is just one of the dilemmas you'll come across in Where the Dead Go to Die.

 

The storyline switches between two different timelines, one being present day, and the other being an earlier timeline that slowly reveals the background of the main character. I found this odd at first because the earlier timeline started off with just a few lines of text and didn't really make sense, but the sections gradually got longer as the book progressed and I quickly realised what the author was doing.

 

Where the Dead Go to Die really packs a punch. I don't want to say too much in order to avoid spoilers, but this was quite the emotional roller-coaster. By the time the book was finished I have to say I was both delighted, and gutted, by where the story went.

I never thought I would be typing this, but I'm actually recommending a zombie novel!

 

Definitely one I would recommend.

 

 

 

 

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review 2015-11-30 21:32
Where All Light Tends to Go - David Joy

5 Stars  #WhereAllLightTendstoGo  @PenguinPBks  @DavidJoy_author

My family is from that area of the country so I was amazed at how the author really brought me back to that area. And yes, he did a great job. There are so many places a person can go and not be found for decades. I could understand Jacob's frustration and how he so bad wanted so much more for Maggie.

This was a beautiful book about love, frustration, bullying, seeing roads and thinking they lead nowhere for you. It's good, but it's also sad. I'm sure somewhere it's also true. Unfortunately. I enjoyed reading about Jacob and cheering for him and Maggie. Hoping that someday they would find that road that leads them out of that holler and on to a successful life.

Thank you Penguin Putnam and Net Galley for providing me a free e-galley and allowing me to read this beautiful and sad story in exchange for an honest review. I definitely enjoyed it and would recommend this book to others who love stories about humanity in all its phases.

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review 2015-09-15 04:41
Where All The Light Tends to Go
Where All Light Tends to Go - David Joy
By:  David Joy
ASIN: B00L9AXYU8
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date:  3/3/2015 
Format: Other  
My Rating:  5 Stars
 
WHERE ALL THE LIGHT TENDS TO GO, David Joy’s debut is a gripping harsh tale set in deep rural Appalachia— a young teen, trying desperately to escape his evil, dysfunctional family environment, and pulled in emotionally by a meth-addicted mother and a sociopath for a father.

A mix of Southern Gothic, coming-of-age, lyrical, gritty, psychological, dark, disturbing, and compelling. The nextCormac McCarthy.

Jacob McNeely’s world has no future. It is a cruel world, pulling him into a dark world of violence. From the dark mountain woods of Sylvia, NC, a father runs a meth ring, and his mother is an addict. Jacob’s dad has forced him to help him with his illegal business. Killing or whatever it takes. He has dropped out of high school, and has no friends. This is the only way of life he knows.

The light of his life is a girl named Maggie, his first love; however, he has nothing to offer her. She desires to escape this backward town for a better life and future. Jacob encourages her and supports her.

Jacob is involved in violence while his father controls everything around him. At the same time, he is pulled—sucked into being loyal to his family. Can he ever leave the mountains, his family and have a life with the girl he loves? If given the choice, can he leave, or break free from the bondage.

A heartbreaking story of a young teen, and the dismal realities of his future, and his desires and hopes; a young love, he can only dream of. From darkness to light, Joy captures every glimpse of hope and sadness. Brutally honest, as beautiful as it is heartbreaking. He captures the harsh realities of the area, its people, and culture, with storytelling drawing you into this world from his character’s own heart and soul.

While I listened to the audiobook back in June, I was traveling at the time, and as I often do, rate the book with a review to come later. However, often, especially with audio, I fail to return with the writing of the review.

While reading Brother by Ania Ahlborn, also set in the deep rural Appalachia— (horror) of a young boy bound emotionally, haunted by a violent abusive family trying to escape his life (totally different twist); made me think about David Joy’s Where All the Light Tends to Go. It was so powerful. When going back, noticed I had not written a review. This is a book you cannot forget. Narrated by MacLeod Andrews with a voice, matching the characters, and the setting, delivering a solid performance. (highly recommend the audio version).

In the tradition of Winter's Bone meets Breaking Bad, a savage and beautiful story of a young man seeking redemption.

A native of Charlotte, NC, I enjoy supporting Carolina authors. I was initially drawn to the book, having spent quite a bit of time in the Highlands and Cashiers, NC mountain areas (of course, nothing like this), as have only seen the beautiful side: hiking, waterfalls, luxury vacation rentals, rustic cabins, hotels and the upscale resorts; Yes, the dark side, exists.

David Joy has written an extraordinary Southern literary debut, and captures the intimate feelings and emotions of his characters beautifully. Available in paperback Feb. 2016

Cannot wait for his second novel, The Weight Of This World, coming spring, 2017. Read Prologue
Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/#!Where-All-the-Light-Tends-to-Go/cmoa/55f78b7b0cf24e84f76a333a
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review 2015-07-16 00:00
Where All Light Tends to Go
Where All Light Tends to Go - David Joy fuuuuuuuuuck
Oh what a tragedy! This book really got to me. Small town life surrounded by drugs, so believable and so sad. Just wow. Talk about going out in a blaze of glory. . . If you want a HEA this isn't for you.
4—4.5 stars
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review 2015-04-07 00:30
Where all light tends to go...
Where All Light Tends to Go - David Joy

This one will break your freaking heart.

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