Thursday, February 13, 2014

Review: This Dark Road to Mercy

This Dark Road to Mercy
by Wiley Cash

Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 240
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  When their mother dies unexpectedly, twelve-year-old Easter and her six-year-old sister Ruby are shuffled into the foster care system in Gastonia, North Carolina, a town not far from the Appalachian mountains. But just as they settle into their new life, their errant father, Wade, an ex-minor league baseball player whom they haven't seen in years, suddenly appears and wants to spend more time with them. Unfortunately, Wade has signed away legal rights to his daughters, and the only way he can get Easter and Ruby back is to steal them away in the middle of the night.

Brady Weller, the girls' court-appointed guardian, begins looking for Wade, and he quickly turns up unsettling information linking Wade to a recent armored car heist, one with a whopping $14.5 million missing. But Brady Weller isn't the only one hunting the desperate father. Robert Pruitt, a shady and mercurial man nursing a years-old vendetta, is also determined to find Wade and claim his due.

Kritters Thoughts:  My second book by Wiley Cash and this one was even better than the previous!  An expert in Southern fiction, Cash set this book near where I lived for four years in Gastonia, NC with perfectly crafted southern characters that felt true.  

Told through three points of view - one of the daughters - Easter, their court appointed guardian and ex cop - Brady, and the man hunting their father down for a reason - Pruitt.  The author did a fantastic job of moving the story forward through all three views and allowing each to have a completely distinct voice that added depth to the story.  the mystery of how each of these characters were connected and the backgrounds they each brought to the table was so interesting and kept me reading.  

A little dark, but the innocence of the girls brought the right amount of light into the book.  I am officially a Wiley Cash fan and would recommend both books, but loved this one more!  

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

1 comment :

  1. I'm glad this book was such a fantastic read for you, even more than Cash's previous one. Thanks for being a part of the tour!


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