This Dark Road to Mercy

Cash, Wiley

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
This Dark Road to Mercy
After their mother's unexpected death, Easter and her 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, quickly turns up unsettling information linking Wade to a recent armored car heist, one with a whopping $14.5 million missing. Robert Pruitt, a shady and mercurial man nursing a years-old vendetta, is also determined to find Wade and claim his due.

Publisher: New York City :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 0062088254
Branch Call Number: FICTION CASH 2014
Characteristics: 232 pages ;,24 cm


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A tale of love and atonement, blood and vengeance, a story that involves two young sisters, a wayward father, and an enemy determined to see him pay for his sins.

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Feb 12, 2015
  • Dreamstime rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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
  • SpyderGT rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Quick read. Noir-lite.

Jul 13, 2014
  • Michael Colford rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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
  • becker rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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
  • moviefan01 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Apr 15, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

When their mother dies, Easter and Ruby are sent to a group home. Their in the process of being adopted by their maternal grandparents when their father, who they haven't seen in years and long ago signed away his paternal rights, comes back and steals them away a long with a large amount of money from a local gangster. The three of them may be on the run but it's as much about a father wanting to spend time with his daughters than it is about the money. More so than the money actually.

Fast read about a father trying his best, a guardian trying to do right to make up for a kid he wronged, and someone out to even the score between himself and a guy he used to play minor league baseball with. It's a quick read and nothing beats the feel of a good Southern Gothic.


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