This Dark Road to Mercy

This Dark Road to Mercy

Book - 2014
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The critically acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller A Land More Kind Than Home--hailed as "a powerfully moving debut that reads as if Cormac McCarthy decided to rewrite Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird" (Richmond Times Dispatch)--returns with a resonant novel of love and atonement, blood and vengeance, set in western North Carolina, involving two young sisters, a wayward father, and an enemy determined to see him pay for his sins.

After their mother's unexpected death, twelve-year-old Easter and her six-year-old sister Ruby are adjusting to life in foster care when their errant father, Wade, suddenly appears. Since Wade signed away his legal rights, the only way he can get his daughters back is to steal them away in the night.

Brady Weller, the girls' court-appointed guardian, begins looking for Wade, and he quickly turns up unsettling information linking Wade to a recent armored car heist, one with a whopping $14.5 million missing. But Brady Weller isn't the only one hunting the desperate father. Robert Pruitt, a shady and mercurial man nursing a years-old vendetta, is also determined to find Wade and claim his due.

Narrated by a trio of alternating voices, This Dark Road to Mercy is a story about the indelible power of family and the primal desire to outrun a past that refuses to let go.

Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062088253
Branch Call Number: CASH W
Characteristics: 232 pages ; 24 cm


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Dec 31, 2019

I thought the voice of the little girl was compelling, and generally enjoyed the story.

Nov 13, 2018

An easy read. Once the reader becomes accustomed to each person in the story telling their part in the first person the story becomes more interesting. There is no gradual change from one person to the next. I didn't care for that very much in the beginning of the book. This is the first time I have read this author and he is not one I will particularly look for.

Oct 13, 2017

A good quick read. Easter & Ruby are abducted by their father. This story is told from three peoples perspectives, I'm not sure if that detracted from the story or not. I think it may have benefited from Easter's perspective & a bit more depth but for all of that it was an enjoyable read.

Chapel_Hill_TracyB Sep 15, 2016

Cash does a great job of evoking setting, and those who enjoy a little Southern with their thrillers will thoroughly enjoy this. A former baseball player returns to a small North Carolina town with hopes of developing a relationship with the two daughters he’s never really known, but when he becomes the target of a man with some very nasty habits, he puts the two sisters lives in danger as well. The plot is not as fast paced as some, as we get the benefit of backstory to understand the motivations behind the action, but it’s the atmosphere that stands out. The dark tone conveys images of long, hot summer days in which something dangerous lurks around every corner. Much of the story is told from the point of view of Ruby, one of the girls, and in her we meet a strong girl who accepts her circumstances but never stops wanting something more. She is the character we get to know the best, and I most enjoyed watching how her past impacted her view of her father and how her present begins to change that perception. The father daughter relationship is central to the novel, which is so much more than just an ordinary thriller. Get ready for a roller coaster ride through the sultry South.

MedinaReads Jun 18, 2015

"Easter and Ruby Quilby, ages 12 and 7, are in a group home for children after their mother dies from an overdose. Wade Chesterfield, their long-gone father, is a washed-up minor league baseball player with a duffle bag full of stolen money. Bobby Pruitt is a hitman sent after Wade by the small-time mobster who stole the money first. And Brady Weller is the girls' guardian ad litem.

When Wade takes the girls from the home and drives to Myrtle Beach--to show the girls the ocean and figure out what to do next--it sets off a chain of events that no one could have anticipated. Brady and Bobby track Wade and the girls all the way to St. Louis, where they converge at a Cardinals game during the Sammy Sosa-Mark McGuire home run battle.

Written in a slow, Southern style, but still a page-turner, this is a cat-and-mouse game that almost any mystery reader should enjoy." Recommended by M.O., Medina Library, MCDL

Feb 12, 2015

Great story. I loved the pace of short chapters each written from a central character's perspective. The momentum builds as the pace quickens as the threads begin to connect. I have a background in child psychology and Easter's voice is the most compelling. I have also been a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) so I was interested in Brady's role as a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL). In Kansas, GALs are lawyers appointed by the courts to represent a child. Brady would not be a GAL in Kansas. Even though the extent of his involvement would be unrealistic, his background in law enforcement and his dedication to helping the girls seems true to form.

Sep 01, 2014

Quick read. Noir-lite.

Michael Colford Jul 13, 2014

This Dark Road to Mercy is a good book. I enjoyed reading it. It moves along nicely and tells a good story about two young girls in North Carolina, Easter and Ruby, whose mother has died years after their father has abandoned them. They end up in a foster home awaiting word from grandparents they have never met living in Alaska, when their father, Wade, a former, promising baseball player, shows up with an idea to get them back. Trouble is, someone is after Wade, and his intentions are not good. Wiley Case does a nice job building some suspense, Easter's voice is particularly strong. But I am not really sure what he was trying to say about fatherhood, and the parent/child relationship, and the ending left me vaguely unsatisfied. Overall, I enjoyed it, but it was a little shy of being a great read.

May 24, 2014

Not bad, although I didn't think it was up to the quality of the author's first book. I thought it lacked direction but it was still worth reading.

May 19, 2014

This book reads quickly. I found the
characters believable and it has a solid mystery: I particularly liked Brady Weller as a sort of CASA-like guardian, and Robert Pruitt was a creepy villain.
Can't say I'm much of a baseball fan, so the whole McGwire/Sosa angle seemed like the book's weak spot, but still a good read.

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