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This Dark Road to Mercy: A Novel (2014)

de Wiley Cash

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"A resonant new novel about a father's efforts to rescue his young daughters by the critically-acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller A Land More Kind Than Home"--
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Wiley Cash's This Dark Road to Mercy is an intriguing and suspenseful novel about a desperate father who kidnaps his daughters and finds himself on the run when a person from his past seizes the opportunity to exact his revenge.

Set in 1998, readers are whisked back in time to Sammy Sosa and Mark McGuire's heated battle to break Robert Maris's homerun record. As the drama between Sosa/McGuire plays out, ex-minor league ballplayer Wade Chesterfield kidnaps the daughters he abandoned years earlier. Twelve year old Easter and her sister Ruby are living in a foster home following the death of their mother and while at first, Easter wants nothing to do with her wayward father, she willingly leaves with him. Their guardian ad litem, Brady Weller, an ex-cop who can never atone for a tragic accident, and Robert Pruitt, a vengeful psychopath from Wade's ball playing days, are soon in pursuit of Wade and the missing girls.

This Dark Road to Mercy unfolds from three of the characters' perspectives. The most compelling and sympathetic voice is that of twelve year old Easter. Easter grew up way too fast and she is wise beyond her years. She is very protective of Ruby and with clear memories of Wade's neglect, she is suspicious of his reappearance in their lives. She struggles to maintain an emotional distance but she is still a little girl whose mixed feelings for her dad slowly evolve over the course of their travels.

Brady's point of view is just as riveting. His concern for the girls is genuine and when he realizes the kidnapping is not a high priority for the police, he begins his own investigation. He uncovers important evidence that links Wade to the missing money from the armored car robbery and the trail eventually leads to some very unsavory individuals.

Robert Pruitt is motivated by more than greed to find Wade. He has a score to settle and he is ruthless in his attempts to track him down. He is merciless and methodical in his quest for information and the suspense builds as he closes in on his quarry.

My feelings for Easter, Ruby, Brady and Pruitt stayed pretty much the same throughout the novel. But Wade? I went back and forth between feeling sorry for him and wanting to shake some sense into him. He truly loves his daughters and he really does want to be a father to them. But Wade is immature and selfish and his impetuous decisions demonstrate his lack of common sense. He has a good heart, but does that mean he is should regain custody of his daughters?

This Dark Road to Mercy is a dramatic and engrossing novel with a cast of characters that invoke a wide range of emotions. The setting is perfect for the story and Wiley Cash once again paints a vibrant and gritty portrait of life in the south. It is a wonderful story of redemption with an ending that is as surprising as it is satisfying. ( )
  kbranfield | Feb 3, 2020 |
Wiley Cash is an author who won't let you go as a reader. Long after you have turned the last page, you will remember a passage of dialogue, a moment in the story line, and the one character whose voice resonates above all others. I found this to be equally true with the author's debut work, "A Land More Kind Than Home", and now with his second book, "This Dark Road to Mercy". Both books are set in Wiley Cash's home state of North Carolina, and he writes "Southern" with an appreciable style. This time, the author tells the tale of two young sisters, one older than her time, whose mother, Corinne, gives herself the gift of eternal sleep with an unintentional drug overdose. After the death of their mother, twelve-year-old Easter Quillby, and her six-year-old sister, Ruby, are shoved into foster care. Their father, Wade, who had struggled to make it out of minor-league baseball, had signed away his parental rights years ago. Eventually, Wade shows up at the foster home and tries to reconnect with his girls. His decision to take them on a misguided, but heartfelt, flight from reality will change all their lives forever. Following Wade and the girls are Brady Weller, the guardian appointed to them by the court, and Robert Pruitt, a man with a deadly grudge against Wade. When information links Wade to a high-dollar armored-car heist, he becomes even more of a wanted man, but will his girls decide they want their daddy? Told in alternating turns by three voices, it is Easter's story you will most remember. Some people never have a future--they are swallowed by the past. For some, the future moves them forward in ways they never expected, but ultimately must accept.
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  gincam | Sep 9, 2019 |
Good read ( )
  ibkennedy | Apr 19, 2019 |
Beautifully written story. ( )
  rmarcin | Jan 22, 2019 |
Well written, quick noir-ish thriller lite. Will make a good movie! ( )
  Rdra1962 | Aug 1, 2018 |
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But despite its juicy elements — abandonment, mystery, a cross-country police chase — set against the all-American backdrop of baseball, the novel fails to deliver on its most promising theme: a renewed bond between father and daughter....Cash has a knack for flow and dialogue, and his spare, simple prose keeps the story moving steadily. What's missing, though, are the details that could make the characters and places come to life. Scenes are sketched lightly...And despite a rich premise, Cash fails to let the emotional turmoil of the girls' circumstances fully resonate. The story rushes from scene to scene, raising more questions than it answers.
 
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Where you come from is gone, where you thought you were going to was never there, and where you are is no good unless you can get away from it. Where is there a place for you to be? No place  . . . Nothing outside you can give you any place . . . In yourself right now is all the place you've got.
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Wade disappeared on us when I was nine years old, and then he showed up out of nowhere the year I turned twelve.
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