This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash

darkroadbookcover.phpThis Dark Road to Mercy is the much anticipated sophomore effort of North Carolina author and all around nice guy Wiley Cash. As with his debut novel, A Land More Kind Than Home, Mr Cash does not disappoint. I always appreciate his even handed treatment of Southern culture since we are more than Hee Haw and grits. Cash has a knack for the Southern Gothic small-town setting. This Dark Road to Mercy takes place at the end of summer and you can really feel it– the humidity easing a tiny bit in anticipation for the first hint of a crisp fall morning. Also adding to the anticipation, is the home run rivalry between Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire. The scores go back and forth and the competition is of interest to everyone, adults and children.

Easter and Ruby are two young girls placed in foster care after the sudden, but not surprising, death of their junkie mother. The girls, raised in poverty by their single mother, are used to watching out for themselves. They hope to be adopted, but do not want to live with their maternal grandparents in Alaska who are total strangers, living in a strange land.   Their estranged father and washed up amateur league baseball player, Wade, appears suddenly. Easter is not happy to see Wade, who legally gave up his right to be their parent. She has found him to be a reliable disappointment. Her kid sister, Ruby, is intrigued by smooth-talking Wade despite Easter’s insistence that he is nothing but trouble. Wade admits he made some bad decisions in his personal life as well as his professional life. Wade wants to be their dad no matter what the law says.

Brady Weller is the court-appointed guardian for the girls tasked with watching over Easter and Ruby until they are in a permanent home. Even though he seems to radiate responsibility, Brady (like Wade), has made bad decisions costing him his law enforcement career and family. Brady uncovers information about Wade that makes him more of a danger to the girls than just a harmless nuisance.

Similar to his debut novel, This Dark Road to Mercy is a well-constructed, page-turner that artfully tells a moving story in which children are once again thrust into an adult world.

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One Response to “This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash”

  1. Best New Books of 2014: Amy W’s Picks | Wake County Libraries "Book a Day" Staff Pick Says:

    […] This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash Easter and Ruby are two young girls placed in foster care after the sudden death of their junkie mother. The girls are used to watching out for themselves. They hope to be adopted, but do not want to live with their maternal grandparents in Alaska, total strangers, living in a strange land. Their estranged father, a washed up amateur league baseball player, appears suddenly and confuses the already precarious situation. In the backdrop of the novel and adding to the tension, is the home run rivalry between Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire. The scores go back and forth and the competition is of interest to everyone. This Dark Road to Mercy is a well-constructed, page-turner that artfully tells a moving story in which children are once again thrust into an adult world.  See my full review. […]

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