This Dark Road to Mercy: A Novel
by Wiley Cash
Easter and Ruby, two sisters aged 12 and 6, have only each other in the world. Their mom has recently died from a drug overdose, and they are in foster care with their future a big unknown stretching before them. Then one day Wade Chesterfield shows up. Wade is their father, a washed up minor league baseball player who has a knack for getting himself mixed up in trouble, and who disappeared from the girls’ lives years ago. But now he wants another chance to be a father to them. The problem is that he signed away his parental rights to the girls, so he takes things into his own hands and steals them away in the night.
Hot on Wade’s heels is Pruitt, a man who is bent on revenge against Wade for an accident that happened during a ball game years ago, and which derailed both his and Wade’s careers. Pruitt is now an ex-con, recently released from prison and working as a bouncer at a bar owned by a man who also wants to find Wade.
Easter and Ruby’s guardian ad litem is an ex-cop whose past is full of regrets. When news of a local armored car heist breaks, Brady Weller begins connecting the dots and realizes that he must find the girls before something horrible happens.
Set in North Carolina against the backdrop of the home run record chase by Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa in 1998, this relatively thin volume packs a punch. Narrated alternately by twelve-year old Easter, the shady Pruitt, and Brady Weller, it’s a gritty and dark, emotional and suspenseful, beautifully wrought story. I kept turning the pages with my heart pounding, and in the end, cried my eyes out. A story about greed, revenge, and redemption, ultimately it’s a story about being a father.
I am really looking forward to reading more by this author.
Another gem from TLC Book Tours.