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This Dark Road to Mercy (2014)

by Wiley Cash

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  SuziQoregon | Mar 7, 2017 |
I have never been to the USA and have no interest in baseball but neither of these stopped me enjoying this cracking read.
Easter and Ruby’s mother has died under heart-breaking circumstances and their dad, a washed up baseball wannabe called Wade, has suddenly appeared to claim them, despite having signed away his parental rights many years ago. Brady used to be a police officer until a moment’s distraction cost him his career. His new job is to make sure Easter and Ruby are looked after. Bobby used to be a baseball player too and he has a score to settle with Wade, a big one.
There follows a road trip where Wade not only attempts to reconnect with his two small daughters but also has to avoid the many people who are out to make sure he doesn’t enjoy the family life he craves. All this makes for a great story filled with tension, violence and above all a beautiful, fledgling relationship that begins to form between father and daughters. Wade as a character really grows on you, yes he’s made some big mistakes but does that mean he doesn’t deserve a second chance? However it is Easter that steals the book for me. Wiser than her years she constantly seems to be hovering between hope and belief in her father and the memories of her past and his absence.
I was a little nervous that a great story would be let down by a wishy washy ending but Cash does not disappoint here either. A great read from cover to cover.
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1 vote angelaoatham | Feb 21, 2017 |
This Crime Writer's Golden Dagger Award Winner for Best Novel won for a very good reason.

http://nicolewbrown.blogspot.com/2014/11/this-dark-road-to-mercy-by-wiley-cash.h... ( )
  nicolewbrown | Oct 21, 2016 |
After their mother’s death from drug overdose, twelve-year-old Easter Quillby and her younger sister are adjusting to life in foster care. Wade Chesterfield, their errant father, re-enters their lives unexpectedly – but Wade has previously signed away his legal right to the girls, so he can only get his daughters back by kidnapping them.

Brady Weller, an ex-cop and the girls’ court-appointed guardian, is certain Chesterfield has stolen Easter and Ruby. But when he begins looking for Wade, he uncovers disturbing information linking him to an amoured car heist. And Weller isn’t the only one looking for Wade: Robert Pruitt, a shady character nursing a years-old grudge, is determined to find him and have his revenge.

Set in North Carolina, This Dark Road to Mercy is narrated alternately by its three main characters: Easter Quillby, Brady Weller, Robert Pruitt. Resonating with themes of love and atonement, blood and vengeance, and written in Cash’s fine prose, the novel drew me in immediately and held tight through its conclusion. Highly recommended! ( )
1 vote lit_chick | Jul 31, 2016 |
Described elsewhere as a Southern Gothic novel, this makes for a good read.

The storyline switches between three main characters which keeps it fresh and drives the plot.

The writing is taut and direct, and it plays out like a film.

First book I've read by this author. Recommended. I think we'll be hearing more of him. ( )
  chrispearson | Jul 9, 2016 |
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But despite its juicy elements — abandonment, mystery, a cross-country police chase — set against the all-American backdrop of baseball, the novel fails to deliver on its most promising theme: a renewed bond between father and daughter....Cash has a knack for flow and dialogue, and his spare, simple prose keeps the story moving steadily. What's missing, though, are the details that could make the characters and places come to life. Scenes are sketched lightly...And despite a rich premise, Cash fails to let the emotional turmoil of the girls' circumstances fully resonate. The story rushes from scene to scene, raising more questions than it answers.
 
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Where you come from is gone, where you thought you were going to was never there, and where you are is no good unless you can get away from it. Where is there a place for you to be? No place  . . . Nothing outside you can give you any place . . . In yourself right now is all the place you've got.
— Flannery O'Connor, Wise Blood
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Wade disappeared on us when I was nine years old, and then he showed up out of nowhere the year I turned twelve.
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from back of book cover as per Amazon :Wiley Cash's debut, hailed as "mesmerizing" (New York Times Book Review) and "as if Cormac McCarthy decided to rewrite To Kill a Mockingbird" (Richmond Times-Dispatch), made him a literary sensation. His new novel is a tale of love and atonement, a story of two sisters, a wayward father, and an enemy determined to see him pay.

When their mother dies unexpectedly, twelve-year-old Easter and six-year-old Ruby are shuffled into foster care. But just as they settle into their new life, their errant father, Wade, reappears and steals the girls away.

Now two men are on their trail but for very different reasons—one, a former detective and the girls' court-appointed guardian, who has linked Wade to a multimillion-dollar robbery and the other, a mercurial, angry man who is determined to claim his due. Narrated in alternating voices that are at once captivating and heartbreaking, This Dark Road to Mercy is a soulful story about the ­emo-tional pull of family and the primal desire to outrun a past that refuses to let go.
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