This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash
This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash

Genre: Fiction, Thriller
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 230
Source: Purchased

The Book:
From the publisher:

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.

My Thoughts:
Every single one of my friends who recommended this book was right. I loved it.

The book is told by three people in alternating chapters.

Easter is twelve years old and while she can be exasperated by her younger sister she’s also extremely protective of her. Their mother is dead and their father signed away his parental rights. When Wade shows up at their foster home she’s naturally suspicious of him. I loved Easter. She’s smart, cynical and funny.

Brady Waller is the guardian ad litem for Easter and Ruby. He’s trying to do the right thing for them but at the same time he’s facing some demons of his own. He’s made mistakes in his past that are still haunting him.

Robert Pruitt is evil. He’s trying to track down Wade partly because he’s been hired to do so but mostly because he wants revenge.

There is a lot packed into this relatively short book. It’s a coming of age story, it’s a suspense thriller, it’s a road trip story, it’s a redemption story. It’s all told beautifully. Cash sets the story at the time that Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were closing in on Roger Maris’ home run record. The sights and sounds of baseball provide the background music throughout the book.

I will be getting Cash’s first book soon and I’m happy to see he has a new one due out in October.

4.5 stars Rating 4.5/5