The Dark Road To Mercy by Wiley Cash


Twelve year old Easter and her sister 6-year-old Ruby have lived a lifetime in their short years.  After their mom received full custody, having the once ball player Wade sign away his parental rights.  Wade, admittedly has made poor choices in his life, drifting from one quick money maker to the next.  When their mother dies suddenly, Easter and Ruby are put in foster care.  Wade decided his wants his girls back and will do anything to make that happen – including taking them against their will – and against the laws.

Brady Weller,ex-cop with his own history of mistakes is the girls court appointed guardian, and he has decided that these girls will not fall through the cracks in the system.  Using his past skills, Brady goes after Wade; but more importantly – he after the safe return of the girls.



Wiley Cash is one smooth writer.  He has a way of telling a story that brings you right there.  I enjoyed this read of a man desperate to be with his children, but still making the same mistakes he always has.  You have to give Wade credit, I believe his heart was trying to be in the right place.

The book is fairly short, but satisfying.  I enjoyed the multiple narrators of the story and how they all fit into the bigger picture.




  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (September 23, 2014)


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Posted on November 6, 2014, in Book Review and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. Sheila: This was one of my favorite reads this year! I’m sure it was challenging for him to follow his fabulous debut novel, A Land Kinder than Home. But he did not suffer from the Sophomore Curse. Thanks for the great summary! Cheers!

  2. Sometimes multiple POVs can be confusing!

  3. I really liked this one too! I saw Wiley today and heard all about his next book!

  4. I loved this one, too….I often gravitate to books about parent/child issues, including foster care. Or, in this case, escaping foster care.

  5. I really liked this book. I have never read anything else by him.

    Glad you enjoyed it.

    THANKS for sharing.

  6. I haven’t heard of him before – sounds interesting.

  7. I loved this book!!! Great read!

  8. I heard Wiley Cash speak last winter and was surprised by how funny he is! This book is so dark (but good) that I guess I expected him to be very grim himself. I’m glad you liked it!

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