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Review: This Dark Road to Mercy

March 12, 2014

This Dark Road to Mercy

After the death of their mother, sisters Easter and Ruby are living in a foster home.  Things aren’t ideal but the girls are settling in pretty well when their long absent father, Wade, comes around wanting to spend more time with his girls.  He doesn’t have any parental rights, though, so he decides to grab Easter and Ruby and make a run for it.

At first it all seems like an adventure but things change when Wade realizes someone is after him because of something he did in his past.

I’m a big fan of Wiley Cash so I was excited (and just a little bit nervous) to read his new book, This Dark Road to Mercy.  I am here to tell you Cash has written another winner!  I didn’t think this book was quite as strong as his first book, A Land More Kind Than Home, but I still thought it was outstanding!

This Dark Road to Mercy is told from the points of view of three different characters – Easter (Wade’s older daughter), Bobby Pruitt (the man who’s chasing Wade) and Brady Weller (the girls’ guardian ad litem).  Each narrator has a distinct voice, so it’s easy to tell them apart.  The story is exciting and tense and I thought reading it from different perspectives enhanced it.

I was attached to Easter and Ruby from the very start and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough – I just had to know their fate!  The girls are in a tough situation and doing the best they can to survive when their dad comes along and throws a wrench into things.  He’s a washed up minor league pitcher and hasn’t gotten over it yet but he says he wants to make things right.

Set in 1998, Cash uses the home run record chase between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa as a backdrop for the story.  There’s no need to enjoy baseball or know anything about it but I thought the historical element added a fun touch to the story.

This Dark Road to Mercy is another great book by Wiley Cash and it is not to be missed!

Review copy provided by Harper Collins.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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25 Comments leave one →
  1. March 13, 2014 12:06 am

    Both author and book are new to me. Sounds a good story.

  2. sandynawrot permalink
    March 13, 2014 6:33 am

    I made the grave error of reading his last book in print when I hear that the audio was one of the best of the year. Argh! So this time I am listening to the audio, and have just loaded it on my iPod. I’ll be listening to it next!

  3. Diane@BibliophilebytheSea permalink
    March 13, 2014 6:54 am

    I need to read this one soon –sounds like a winner.

  4. March 13, 2014 6:54 am

    I just finished this one and loved it also! Now need to write my review! Glad you enjoyed it.

  5. March 13, 2014 7:02 am

    It sounds really good!

  6. March 13, 2014 8:43 am

    I have seen this one around and have considered. I really enjoy when a story is told from multiple narrators, sounds like a winner.

  7. Beth Hoffman permalink
    March 13, 2014 9:17 am

    I added this book to my list when it first came out, and hopefully I get to it sometime this summer. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  8. trish422 permalink
    March 13, 2014 9:53 am

    I will definitely add this one to my list; it’s an interesting basis for a potentially remarkable story.

  9. March 13, 2014 10:23 am

    I still need to read Cash. Glad to know his second book is another winner!

  10. March 13, 2014 11:27 am

    His other book, although I little on the slow side, stayed with me for a long time. His writing has a haunting quality to it.

  11. March 13, 2014 1:32 pm

    this sounds really good, I didn’t finish your review for fear of a spoiler. Thanks, certainly a great teaser.

  12. March 13, 2014 3:07 pm

    This one is on its way to me…I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  13. Patty permalink
    March 13, 2014 3:20 pm

    I have been thinking and thinking about this book and now I really want to read it!

  14. March 13, 2014 5:13 pm

    I’m so glad to hear it! I, too, worry about second book disappointments.

  15. March 13, 2014 6:05 pm

    This sounds so good! Terrific review, Kathy! 🙂

  16. swright9 permalink
    March 13, 2014 9:47 pm

    I’m behind on reading Wiley Cash so thanks for letting me know.

  17. March 14, 2014 9:58 am

    I love when second books live up to expectations. I still have not read anything by this author.

  18. March 14, 2014 12:01 pm

    I haven’t read anything by this author yet, but maybe I’ll start with this book!

  19. Beth F permalink
    March 15, 2014 7:49 am

    One of the best books of the year!

  20. March 16, 2014 3:28 pm

    So glad to read that this one is a winner, too. I have both but haven’t gotten to either yet. 😦

  21. March 16, 2014 9:39 pm

    This sounds great, glad you enjoyed it!

  22. March 17, 2014 8:39 am

    You aren’t the first to rave about this, so I need to get a copy and see what all the fuss is about. Since I love baseball (and remember that McGuire/Sosa season very well), I’m anxious to read this; then maybe I’ll give A Land More Kind Than Home a second chance.

  23. March 17, 2014 8:59 pm

    Love your review. It has me excited to read this one!

  24. March 18, 2014 10:31 am

    I’ve never read anything by Wiley Cash but it looks like I should!

  25. bookingmama permalink
    March 29, 2014 7:03 pm

    I loved how he juxtaposed the home run competition with the rest of the story!

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