Jacob McNeely lives a life of self-imposed constraint. He feels cast in a poisoned drama of parental tragedy. His father Charlie runs an meth ring and has the local police on his payroll. His mother is a meth addict.
Jacob believes the script of his life is written and there will be no edits. Drugs and murder are his only future. Working in the garage, a money laundering operation, allows him some breathing room but otherwise he goes where his father says and does as he commands.
The one light in his dismal life is his childhood friend and former girlfriend Maggie. He ended his relationship with her two years earlier to ensure she escaped Cashiers, North Carolina to go to college and leave him behind. They are irrevocably drawn back to each other.
David Joy has written a compelling book and I was immersed in the story line from the beginning. It’s dark and bleak and powerful.
Finalist 2016 Edgar Award – Best First Novel
~ June Lorraine