Published by Harper Collins on 1/8/2014
Source: TLC Book Tours
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Following their mother’s death, sisters Easter and Ruby are placed in North Carolina’s foster system, unable to depend on the care of their father, Wade, who signed away his legal rights years ago. When he shows up looking for his second chance at fatherhood, Wade realizes that the only way he can be with his girls is by taking them in the middle of the night. As Easter and Ruby’s court appointed guardian, Bradley Weller, takes on the task of looking for Wade alongside the police, but soon discovers they are not alone in searching for the man.
Wiley Cash faced a challenge in following up a strong, successful debut like A Land More Kind Than Home. Fans of his first novel would be hoping for a similar tone or themes, with that signature ability to develop characters, but without a simple rewrite of his first story. In this, Cash is successful. This Dark Road to Mercy has a great sense of place, distinctive characters and the same dusty, Appalachian feel of his previous work.
What becomes clear after reading both A Land More Kind Than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy is that Cash has a mastered the connection between siblings. The relationship between Easter and Ruby in This Dark Road to Mercy is deeply layered and goes through various stages throughout the book, each one carefully crafted. It is their intense bond that holds the story together and creates a sense of urgency as the plot moves forward.
Whether you’re new to Wiley Cash’s work or have been patiently waiting to read his second novel, This Dark Road to Mercy will be a pleasant surprise and exciting reading experience.