This Dark Road To Mercy is at once a compulsive page turner and a novel with characters and story so compelling and nuanced that you want to savor the experience. Easter and Ruby's mother is dead from an overdose, their deadbeat, failed minor league father relinquished custody years earlier and Easter is fiercely protective of her little sister. When their father kidnaps the girls from their foster home they are conflicted and mistrustful. As the three of them head west they are pursued by a violent sociopath and the girls' court-appointed guardian, one bent on vengeance and one on redemption. ~ Cathy--Cathy is Lead Buyer at Tattered Cover with 30 years of experiece
Indie Next ListFebruary 2014
While the nation is consumed by the competition between home-run hitters Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire, two young motherless girls in North Carolina are approached by their estranged and unpredictable ex-baseball-player father. Their court-appointed guardian becomes alarmed as a sinister man with an axe to grind reveals himself. Told in alternating voices, this spellbinding novel is reminiscent of the dark, spare work of Cormac McCarthy. At once gritty and evocative, This Dark Road to Mercy is riveting and not to be missed! -- Tova Beiser, Brown University Bookstore, Providence, RI
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.
Brady Weller, the girls' court-appointed guardian, begins looking for them, and quickly turns up unsettling information linking their father to a multimillion-dollar robbery. But Brady isn't the only hunter on the trail. Robert Pruitt, a mercurial man nursing a years-old vendetta, is determined to find Wade and claim his due.
Narrated in alternating voices that are at once captivating and heartbreaking, This Dark Road to Mercy is a soulful story about the emotional pull of family and the primal desire to outrun a past that refuses to let go.