This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash

This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley CashThis Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash
Published by Harper Collins on 1/8/2014
Source: TLC Book Tours
Pages: 240
Buy from IndieBound

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.


  • Everyone seems to be talking about this one! I’ve heard of Wiley Cash before, but never read him. Had no idea how popular he was.

    • Even though I had heard about it for a long time, I didn’t read his first book until the end of last year – I was totally blown away. He’s fantastic!

  • Ciska van der Lans

    This looks great. Added to my TBR!

  • JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing

    Glad to hear this lives up to the promise of his first book.

  • Ti Reed

    I really enjoyed his first book but didn’t realize it until a few weeks after finishing it. It was one of those stories that seeps into you slowly.

  • Can’t wait to read Cash’s new one. My daughter (a school teacher down in South Carolina) and I loved his debut. Thanks for bringing attention to this upcoming Southern author, Shannon.

  • Oh boy, another author I think I need to check out this year! Thanks for the suggestion :)

  • Kelly Massry

    I’ve been shying away from this book. Maybe it’s the cover but I feel like it’ll be too dark for me (no pun intended.) Convince me otherwise? :)

    • I actually prefer his first book because it’s darker/grittier (and that’s just my thing), but the cover for this one makes it look much more disturbing than it really is.

      • Kelly Massry

        Don’t judge a book, right? :)

  • I read this one not long ago. Sigh…so good.Wiley Cash writes siblings like no other.

  • The Book Wheel

    Confession: I’d never heard of Wiley Cash until really recently. But now that I have, I’m intrigued. Maybe I’ll check out the first one…. first.

  • HeatherTLC

    Wade is certainly going about the whole fatherhood thing in the wrong way! I can’t wait to see what happens to these kids…

    Thanks for being on the tour.

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