This Dark Road to Mercy

This Dark Road to Mercy

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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-doller robbery and the other, a mercurial, angry man who is determined to claim his due.
Publisher: New York :2014. HarperLuxe,
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781444823073
9780062278449
Branch Call Number: LT CASH

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Chapel_Hill_TracyB Sep 15, 2016

Cash does a great job of evoking setting, and those who enjoy a little Southern with their thrillers will thoroughly enjoy this. A former baseball player returns to a small North Carolina town with hopes of developing a relationship with the two daughters he’s never really known, but when he becomes the target of a man with some very nasty habits, he puts the two sisters lives in danger as well. The plot is not as fast paced as some, as we get the benefit of backstory to understand the motivations behind the action, but it’s the atmosphere that stands out. The dark tone conveys images of long, hot summer days in which something dangerous lurks around every corner. Much of the story is told from the point of view of Ruby, one of the girls, and in her we meet a strong girl who accepts her circumstances but never stops wanting something more. She is the character we get to know the best, and I most enjoyed watching how her past impacted her view of her father and how her present begins to change that perception. The father daughter relationship is central to the novel, which is so much more than just an ordinary thriller. Get ready for a roller coaster ride through the sultry South.

MedinaReads Jun 18, 2015

"Easter and Ruby Quilby, ages 12 and 7, are in a group home for children after their mother dies from an overdose. Wade Chesterfield, their long-gone father, is a washed-up minor league baseball player with a duffle bag full of stolen money. Bobby Pruitt is a hitman sent after Wade by the small-time mobster who stole the money first. And Brady Weller is the girls' guardian ad litem.


When Wade takes the girls from the home and drives to Myrtle Beach--to show the girls the ocean and figure out what to do next--it sets off a chain of events that no one could have anticipated. Brady and Bobby track Wade and the girls all the way to St. Louis, where they converge at a Cardinals game during the Sammy Sosa-Mark McGuire home run battle.

Written in a slow, Southern style, but still a page-turner, this is a cat-and-mouse game that almost any mystery reader should enjoy." Recommended by M.O., Medina Library, MCDL

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Dreamstime
Feb 12, 2015

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.

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SpyderGT
Sep 01, 2014

Quick read. Noir-lite.

Michael Colford Jul 13, 2014

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.

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becker
May 24, 2014

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.

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moviefan01
May 19, 2014

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.

KateHillier Apr 15, 2014

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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