This Dark Road to Mercy

This Dark Road to Mercy

by Wiley Cash


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After their mother unexpectedly dies, twelve-year-old Easter Quillby and her six-year-old sister, Ruby, aren't expecting to see their errant father, Wade, ever again. But the ex–minor league baseball player who's been gone for years has suddenly appeared at their foster home to steal them away in the middle of the night.

Brady Weller, the girls' court-appointed guardian, begins looking for them, and quickly turns up unsettling information linking their father to a multimillion-dollar robbery. But Brady isn't the only hunter on the trail. Robert Pruitt, a mercurial man nursing a years-old vendetta, is determined to find Wade and 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 emotional pull of family and the primal desire to outrun a past that refuses to let go.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062088260
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/23/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 331,870
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Wiley Cash is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home. A native of North Carolina, he has held residency positions at Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University. He and his wife live in Wilmington, North Carolina.

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This Dark Road to Mercy: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Burgher More than 1 year ago
This is a good read with enough suspense to keep you turning the pages to find what will happen. The chapters are short with intriguing enough characters to make the story believable. I found the ending a pleasant redeeming surprise.
Avid_Reader25 More than 1 year ago
I met Cash's mother right after his first novel, 'A Land More Kind Than Home', was published. She said it was fantastic, but what else would a mom say? Susan was absolutely correct. I loved his first book and was concerned that he might not live up to his own hype in his second venture. Fear not, 'This Dark Road To Mercy' does not disappoint! A page turner all the way through. Cash has a unique writing voice and a way of bringing each of his characters to life and giving them souls. I can't wait to read whatever he produces next! Buy 'This Dark Road To Mercy' and while you're shopping, pick up 'A Land More Kind Than Home'. You'll love them both!
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
After Wiley Cash's first spectacular book, A LAND MORE KIND THAN HOME, I wondered if he would become another one book wonder, but this new book does not disappoint.  Through the voices of a 12 year old foster child, her ex-policeman guardian ad litem, and a psychopath out for revenge, Wiley has produced another fast paced suspense developed around the ideas of a father's love and redemption.  Twelve year old Easter, and her six year old sister, Ruby haven't had an easy life. Now in foster care, their mother just recently died and apparently their negligent father, Wade, who signed away his parental rights, has come back into their lives.  Unfortunately, he's also gotten himself into trouble with a mobster who wants him dead and has hired a killer who has his own reasons for wanting to destroy Wade. Brady is the girls court appointed guardian, but he's also an ex-policeman and divorced father, with a teen aged daughter of his own.  This story builds empathy and suspense as Wade tries to reconnect to his girls without being caught by anyone who could change his plans for a new family life.   Brady gets caught up with the investigation of a robbery, while he remember's his own failings as a father as he tries to help the girls in his care. And the psychopath is right behind everything, leaving destruction in his path.  Wiley Cash travels this road with them, adding the exciting 1998 home run race between McGuire and Sosa as a backdrop tying everything together masterfully.  Once again, Wiley Cash has created the emotional Southern Novel at it's best.  Since I was also a Court Appointed Special Advocate, and I followed the 1998 batting record race between McGuire and Sosa all the way to attending the game with the 62nd homer by McGuire, this book took on an even greater attraction for me. Cash has definitely joined my list of all time favorite authors, with his ability to write a great book, and tie it all up so uniquely. 
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings My second book by Wiley Cash and this one was even better than the previous!  An expert in Southern fiction, Cash set this book near where I lived for four years in Gastonia, NC with perfectly crafted southern characters that felt true.   Told through three points of view - one of the daughters - Easter, their court appointed guardian and ex cop - Brady, and the man hunting their father down for a reason - Pruitt.  The author did a fantastic job of moving the story forward through all three views and allowing each to have a completely distinct voice that added depth to the story.  the mystery of how each of these characters were connected and the backgrounds they each brought to the table was so interesting and kept me reading.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick and easy read with great characters. Some might say this book could have been longer, but I think it was just enough to tell a great story. A lot of baseball talk, which normally would bother me as I don't follow the sport, but it worked well with the story line. Will be reading more by this author.
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I like this very much
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr. Cash knows how to tell a story and he'll be the first one to admit it. ~*~LEB~*~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good southern srorytelling
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wiley Cash is starting to be one of my most favorite authors. Really enjoyed both of the books he has written. I will definitely get the next book he publishes.
jldarden More than 1 year ago
Many reviewers here have given story descriptions so I well refrain. What I liked about this story was the ability to identify with various characters, which Cash builds well. As our families expand with children and grandchildren we have more opportunity to experience dysfunction. Some of the characters here represent that, and we can see ourselves in them. Experience with absentee parents, abandoned, fostered or adopted children place our hearts in the story. The father here had good intentions but poorly implemented decisions. The older daughter, through life experience, is common-sensical beyond her years and her protection of her sister feels real and natural.  Telling the story with three different voices worked for Cash and was not disjointed as some other books with this trick seem. Not sure I loved the conclusion but overall a great read. Recommended.
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brf1948 More than 1 year ago
Wiley Cash just keeps getting better. This novel was one I had to read fast to get there, and read again to savor the nuances of this classic southern tale. You too will fall in love with Easter and Ruby, and can't help but feel a little sympathy for Wade, despite his failings as a father and, basically, a human being. All of the characters in this novel are fully rounded and believable. The setting is the south in the the pre-electronic years, so easily pictured. Told in the first person of three of the characters, each with a strong individuality, this book though a quick read had everything it needed to satisfy the reader. I can hardly wait for the next Wiley Cash story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic author! I can't wait to see what he will write next.
Twink More than 1 year ago
Wiley Cash's first novel A Land More Kind Than Home was a New York Times bestseller. It garnered rave reviews, and I remember putting it on my never ending must read list. Well, I never did get to it, but his second novel, This Dark Road to Mercy, has just released in trade format - and I jumped at the chance to review it. Twelve year old Easter and her six year old sister Ruby are now living in a foster home. Their mother has died and their father Wade signed away his parental rights years ago. But it is something in the way the man watching the ballgame Easter is playing that rings a is Wade and he wants his girls to come with him. There's another man watching too - Wade has something that belongs to someone else. Pruitt will do whatever it takes to get that something back - and extract vengeance on Wade for an event from both their pasts. Easter, older and wiser beyond her years, makes a decision -and the three are on the run. There's a third man as well - Brady is the girls' court appointed guardian - and he too is on the trail of Wade and the girls. I loved Easter's voice from the first line...."Wade disappeared on us when I was nine years old and then he showed up out of nowhere the year I turned twelve." She presents a hard exterior to the world, shielding herself and her sister from further hurt. Small vulnerabilities - wondering if a boy likes her for example, were all the more poignant as she is feeling her way through life without a parent. Each of the characters in the book has a past - a past that influences the direction their present is taking. Wrongs that need righting, hopes, dreams, what could have been and what could be are entwined in the narratives of the three main characters. And somehow, to all three, this moment in represents redemption. From the author's notes "....As a six-year-old, you're called a liar when you tell a story that you know isn't true. But if you can keep telling stories and wait just a few more years, people will eventually call you a writer. Even when they know your stories aren't true."  I think Cash is a great storyteller. This Dark Road to Mercy had mystery and suspense elements, but it was the characters themselves that captured me - especially Easter, with Wade a close second. The ending was absolutely perfect. (And I quiet enjoyed the baseball references.)
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melissaMR More than 1 year ago
I am very impressed with the writings of Wiley Cash! I've recommended these dark, gothic Southern books of Mr.Cash (particularly, if one enjoys the literary writings/styles works of Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy, Faulkner, and the like.
crossword69 More than 1 year ago
I had never read a Wiley Cash book previously, and when a reviewer says a book cannot be put down, this is the exact description of the reader of this book.  The characters are realistic, the premise relevant, and is truly a fast read with a believable ending.  I must read Wiley's previous book asap!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although his first book is my favorite, i liked this one too! I look forward to more from Wiley Cash. His writing style is wonderfully engaging!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked his style of writing and the story had a good amount of suspense too.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Wiley Cash has written a novel with great emotional depth. It is gritty and realistic. The characters are well written and unforgettable. The author skillfully interweaves storylines. I enjoyed how he uses baseball as a backdrop in The Dark Road to Mercy.It highlights this intense emotional and suspenseful drama.I was pulled into the story of Easter and Ruby and their absent father, Wiley. I wish my words could do justice to this wonderful book. Don't miss reading this story.