Book Review: Where All The Lights Tends To Go

Synopsis: Where All Light Tends To Go

Title – Where All Light Tends To Go  (Website, Goodreads, Amazon)

Author – David Joy (Website, Goodreads)

Published – March 3rd 2015

Classification – Fiction / Country Noir / Southern Lit

Summary –  Jacob McNeely quit high school and cut most of his peers out of his life. His path is already laid out for him: working for his dad’s huge methodically organized meth ring. Jacob’s mom is suffering from addition in the small town and his first love, Maggie, is bound for bigger and better things. In a life where blood is thicker than water and life is tough in the cruel North Carolina town, Jacob can just live the life he was given…or he can choose to rise above the fate he always thought was his.



I have no idea how I feel about this book. I had to stew in my own thoughts before I wrote this review.

Apparently the type/category this book falls in is Country Noir. I wasn’t aware of this when I picked this one up and I don’t think I’ve ever read a book in this genre.

It was pretty good.

It did bother me that David thought he couldn’t leave. When we were introduced to Maggie and David’s dad, I didn’t get the vibe that his dad wouldn’t let him leave if he wanted to. So why did he think he couldn’t? Just because he thought everyone else in the town wasn’t leaving?

Also, I wanted more of Maggie’s character to be developed and integrated into the story. I waited and waited for her to appear more, but we only got a moment or two with her. (This ‘complaint’ could just be my personal taste. I love stories of wrong-side-of-the-tracks love).

Other than that, it was a good story of a small town, family business, a mother on crack, a job gone wrong, and shady police. At times I was holding my breath hoping things would turn out alright for David. I really got into the story!

Where All Light Tends To Go by David Joy

I liked the author as a writer and would not be against picking up another one of his.

Can anyone recommend a good book in the same genre or category?


The suspense and plot outweighed the minor flaws. As my first Country Noir story, David Joy kept me reading more.

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