This Dark Road to Mercy

Posted 28 October, 2014 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in Reviews

This Dark Road to MercyThis Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash
Published by Harper Collins on January 28th 2014
Genres: Fiction, General, Literary, Suspense, Thrillers
Pages: 256

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange honest review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

When their mother dies unexpectedly, twelve-year-old Easter Quillby and her six-year-old sister, Ruby, are shuffled into the foster care system in Gastonia, North Carolina, a little 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 reappears and steals them away in the middle of the night.Brady Weller, the girls' court-appointed guardian, begins looking for Wade, and quickly turns up unsettling information linking him to a multimillion-dollar robbery. But Brady isn't the only one hunting him. Also on the trail is Robert Pruitt, a mercurial man nursing a years-old vendetta, a man determined to find Wade and claim what he believes he is owed.The combination of Cash's evocative and intimate Southern voice and those of the alternating narrators, Easter, Brady, and Pruitt, brings this soulful story vividly to life. At once captivating and heartbreaking, This Dark Road to Mercy is a testament to the unbreakable bonds of family and the primal desire to outrun a past that refuses to let go.

A second novel is always hard after a breakthrough debut. I love Southern gothic literature and this book looked like a perfect fit for me. Unfortunately, despite the fantastic blurb – and intriguing premise this novel fell flat. I don’t mind predictable storylines or unlikeable characters, but the problem comes when I and unable to connect to any of the characters.

I read this book in two short sittings, but I never felt like I really cared about any of the characters in the novel. Easter, Ruby – would they come to a place of peace? I didn’t care. 

With Weller, the guardian ad litem, Wiley gives us another chance to be pulled into the narrative but again Weller’s character falls flat. There are tragic circumstances regarding his expulsion from the  police force – but again, I couldn’t rally up my emotions to care. I’m not sure what I’m supposed to be feeling or caring about, but – suffice to say that it just didn’t connect for me.

I’m excited to be participating in the tour for Wiley Cash’s This Dark Road to Mercy, be sure to check out the entire tour schedule here, it runs through 6 November. 

April @ The Steadfast Reader

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