This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash

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After their mother unexpectedly dies, twelve-year-old Easter Quillby and her six-year-old sister, Ruby, aren’t expecting to see their errant father, Wade, ever again. But the ex–minor league baseball player who’s been gone for years has suddenly appeared at their foster home to steal them away in the middle of the night.

Cash has a way of capturing the South with his detailed writing style. His Southern roots are exhibited, clearly the reason he describes the South so well. As you turn the pages you feel the humidity, the hospitality, you are carried to the South in every way immersing yourself in the environs.

Aside from the setting along with the writing, characterization makes the narrative stand out. Easter is a precocious young girl, evoking empathy and an unmistakable warmth. Her viewpoint is interesting especially with the other voices chiming in. Multiple narrators add dimension to the story, a compelling voice is of the state appointed guardian dedicated to the girls well being. Cash excels at fully developing the characters. The emotion, the depth of all the players will remain with the reader, understated yet powerful, Easter causing a lingering impact.

The momentum Cash creates is another plus, seamlessly tying everything together, thus the plot is another area of achievement. There’s a feel of volatility, anything can change at any moment. As layers are peeled away, unraveling continues, you find yourself at odds, conflicted with sides. There’s a grey area, nothing Cash crafts is limited to black and white, he presents thought provoking questions, leaving you with much to weigh and consider.

An incredibly absorbing story, quick, with plenty for the peruser to ponder well after the close of the cover. Highly recommend. Tons of questions regarding parental rights, parent-child relationship and more.

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Hardcover, 232 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by William Morrow (first published January 1st 2014)
ISBN13: 9780062088253

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