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This Dark Road to Mercy: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Wiley Cash
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“[Cash is] a new master of Southern gothic.” (Garden & Gun magazine)

“A time capsule and at times an edgy thriller, but at its fine emotional center it’s all about what it means to be a father.” (Jill McCorkle, author of Life After Life)

“The endangered little sisters Easter and Ruby will go straight to your heart, which will be thumping like crazy the entire time you’re reading this novel straight through as I did.” (Lee Smith, author of Guests on Earth)

This Dark Road to Mercy is a terrific, moving and propulsive novel: Harper Lee by way of Elmore Leonard.” (Jess Walter, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Ruins)

“Cash follows his evocative debut with another striking take on Southern literature. . . . In the rhythms and cadence of the South, Cash offers a tale about family and about the tenuous link among the right choices, living with consequences or seeking redemption.” (Kirkus Reviews)

This Dark Road to Mercy will stick in readers’ minds, especially Cash’s heroine, feisty, red-haired and freckled Easter, who joins Scout and Kaye Gibbons’ Ellen Foster in the pantheon of Southern kids in literature.” (Wilmington Star News)

“Darkly mesmerizing.” (O Magazine)

“Exciting and suspenseful as well as moving, with a captivating heroine, this is a tremendous book.” (The Guardian)

“The voice is Southern and oh so charming in This Dark Road to Mercy, a crime novel that’s also a road movie and a baseball tale and a wicked twist on Sixth-Grade Father-Daughter Night.” (New York Times Book Review)


An electrifying road trip thriller from New York Times bestseller Wiley Cash, author of A Land More Kind Than Home. Perfect for fans of Cormac McCarthy.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 531 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 353 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0062278444
  • Verlag: William Morrow; Auflage: Reprint (28. Januar 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00DB2YN9I
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Aktiviert
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #108.963 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen wunderbar 14. Dezember 2014
Von dieflo
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Ich habe die Geschichte um ein weggegebenes Sorgerecht in Deutsch und in Englisch lesen müssen, so sehr hat sie mich berührt. Ein Vater, der bereut seine Kinder im Stich gelassen zu haben, der nach dem Tod der Mutter und einen zufälligen Geldfund eine bessere Zukunft für die Kinder will. Er stiehlt sie aus dem Heim und die Jagd beginnt!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Toll erzählt! 9. Februar 2014
Von Abby Normal TOP 500 REZENSENT
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Das Buch handelt von zwei Mädchen, die in ein Heim kommen. Sie stammen aus armen Verhältnissen. Als plötzlich ihr leiblicher Vater wieder auftaucht, den sie seit drei Jahren nicht mehr gesehen haben, beginnen sich die Ereignisse zu überschlagen.

Zu viel möchte ich nicht verraten, das würde der Spannung im Buch zu sehr schaden. Erzählt wird die Geschichte sehr clever abwechselnd von drei verschiedenen Personen, die unterschiedliche Absichten haben und in gewissem Sinne gegeneinander antreten. "In gewissem Sinne" deshalb, weil der Vater der Mädchen der Dreh- und Angelpunkt der Geschichte ist, er selbst aber nicht zu den Erzählern gehört.

Mit dem Erzählstil spielt Wiley Cash mit dem unterschiedlichen Wissen der Erzähler und erzeugt so knisternde Spannung im Leser. Ihm gelingt es dabei sehr gut, den Erzählstil an die Figuren anzupassen - besonders die Erzählstimme des älteren der beiden Mädchen.

Die Geschichte selbst wird immer rasanter und beinhaltet herzzereißende Szenen. Wiley Cash hat ein sehr gutes Gespür für genau die richrigen Details, die die Geschichte lebendig und glaubwürdig machen!

This Dark Road To Mercy ist einer jener Romane, bei denen man bis zur letzten Seite jede Zeile verschlingt. Das Ende ist eines der cleversten, die ich seit langem gelesen habe!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Southern Writer Rises Again 5. November 2013
Von Gayla M. Collins - Veröffentlicht auf
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Having read "A Land More Kind Than Home" by Wiley Cash I anxiously chose his brand new offering, "This Dark Road to Mercy." I made a stellar choice. That southern grit, colloquial dialogue, acute descriptions, and flowing, purposeful plot is right here again in "The Dark Road to Mercy.

Easter and Ruby, two young sisters in foster care are awaiting a home because their mother overdoses and their father, a wayfaring drifter whose scope is aimed at an easy dollar, left years before. One night he kidnaps the girls from their bedroom and Easter, 12, is a prominent narrator of the debacle she and Ruby find themselves in. Though the police give a half-assed look into the case, their ex-partner, Brady Weller, now turned guardian ad litem, grabs up the case in a fire's flaring hurry. He's aware that Wade stole something that belongs to a criminal. A ruthless, soulless hit man, Pruitt, is hired to find Wade and his kids; leave the first dead and return the latter. Such enthralling suspense occurs that your skin is actually crawling; your brain is embedded with the characters and the plot line. I read it in one day. I tried putting it down, but my mind was hooked till the last word.

Though a bit dark at times, this reads more gently than one would think.

Cash deserves all the favor that is befalling him. His southern writing cohorts must be proud to gather round in praise.

P.S. As a sideline this author, Cash, could be writing book is what caught me the first time and I admired this title too. :-)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wiley Cash, a writer at the top of his form 6. November 2013
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THIS DARK ROAD TO MERCY is a strikingly original and powerful novel that embraces suspense, emotional loss and the human need for love with sympathetic arms of mercy. What beautiful and compassionate insights grace this novel and yet how thrilling it is too, and even dangerous and frightening! Wiley Cash proves to be an author possessed of a generous wisdom and a humanitarian spirit of benevolence, forgiveness and kindness. Yet he is equally adept at portraying a vengeance and violence that can transform the heart into a cold, blackened ember.

This is the second novel of Wiley Cash but only the first one I have read and it is already clear to me that he is a writer at the top of his form.

This is masterful storytelling that crackles with a tactile tension that immediately pulled me into its narrative power and held me captive in its sure, dramatic clutches. The narrative voice alternates between three of the story's main characters, people who are brought so fully alive in only a few quick pages that I quickly felt familiar with each of them and especially endeared to the youngest ones.

The novel's main character and deeply affecting heroine is a baseball-loving twelve year old girl on the cusp of womanhood, Easter Quillby. Her supporting characters are three adult men which include Wade Chesterfield - the down on his luck, once promising baseball pitcher and errant father who has abandoned her and her six year old sister Ruby; Brady Weller - a former police detective who now serves as Easter and Ruby's legal guardian in the foster care program they are placed following the recent drug overdose death of their mother; and finally, representing the dark side, is Robert Pruitt - an ex-con, former ball player and now ruthless hitman with an ax to grind with Wade.

Cash's narrative method melts each narrative perspective into the next with such a nuanced fluidity that there are no abrupt transitions between them, ever. The reader perceives both the simplicity of a child's innocent perspective blended with that of the experienced adult and the result is remarkable... a Bildungsroman of sorts for both the child and the adult in terms of overcoming difficulties and mistakes and achieving emotional maturity and social acceptance.

THIS DARK ROAD TO MERCY is a short novel that can be read quickly, so I will not provide a plot summary here. What I will say is THIS DARK ROAD TO MERCY is a love story that is as much about the difficulties and compromises of love as about love's redemptive power.

I really love the title of this book, particularly the brilliantly chosen word of "mercy." The Latin root of the word means "price paid, wages" and that concept strikes me as very significant to the themes found in this intense and moving novel.

William Shakespeare wrote of mercy in THE MERCHANT OF VENICE:

The quality of mercy is not strain'd.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.

and I think that's a sentiment that serves me well for finishing this review of one of my favorite, best new books I have read this year.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Heartfelt story 30. März 2014
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This is a heartfelt story about 2 children, living in terrible conditions with a drug addicted mother, who dies and leaves them homeless. They are put in an orphanage, together, in which they are given clothes, bedding, and food. The orphanage is a nice place, and they are cared for by the staff. One day, their father comes to try to claim them, but because he signed away his rights years ago, he isn't granted his wish. Desperation takes over, and he convinces them to leave with him, in the middle of the night. Neither girl trusts him, especially the oldest, Easter, who has been her younger sisters caretaker all of her life. Wade takes them on an adventure, and takes them places they never dreamed of going, like the ocean. But, all good things must come to an end, in a conclusion we can all see coming.

This book was easy to read, well written, and captivating. The characters were well developed. The chapters alternate between Easter's point of view, the social workers point of view, and the thug's (that is searching for Wade) point of view. This made the story much more interesting, as we get to know each of these characters well.

I liked the story, it was okay, I just didn't love it. It was an entertaining read, but it wasn't as great as the description made it out to be.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen This Dark Road to a Beautiful Story 23. April 2014
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This year, I spent Easter Sunday with Easter. Easter Quillby, that is, the 12-year old protagonist of Wiley Cash's novel, This Dark Road to Mercy.

It's quite a heavy sounding title and as you might expect having seen the book's cover, this tale is somewhat stormy. Easter and her sister Ruby are living in foster care, after the sudden death of their mother. Easter is used to caring for herself and her sister, but when her father Wade returns, she apprehensively follows his lead. In the middle of the night, he takes the two girls, fleeing those whom he owes money, and trying to provide his daughters with the father they deserve. Ultimately, it is not only the police who are trying to hunt down the trio, but also more sinister and vengence-motivated forces who threaten to destroy the lives of all three.

The world that Cash conjures is irrefutably gritty, yet it also bears a Southern gentleness. The book strikes a delicate, yet poised balance between the dark characteristics of its antagonist(s) and the innocence of Easter and her sister. Easter's voice shines from within the recesses of this otherwise overcast world. It was her story that caught me from the start, and despite the shifting narration from chapter to chapter, it was Easter who propelled my reading of the novel forward.

I think the categorization of This Dark Road to Mercy by critics as a work of the Southern Gothic genre is spot on. It might take a little thinking back to earlier school days to recall this genre. His work evokes the aspects of the writings of historical greats, including Truman Capote, Harper Lee, and Cormac McCarthy. It's a bit of the setting of Capote's In Cold Blood, mixed with the dangerous undertones of To Kill A Mockingbird, and the love amidst desolation of McCarthy's The Road. Yet, I found Cash's style most reminiscent of Flannery O'Connor. You probably read her short story, A Good Man Is Hard To Find in school, but if you have a little extra time and are debating reading Cash's latest, take a scan through.

This isn't to suggest that this novel should rank amongst those mentioned above. However, it is to say that Easter's story plants itself firmly within that genre. Though the novel will likely not be remembered as one of the greats, I'd say it is pretty darn good. However, please note that this recommendation is coming from someone who relishes in darker tales and is not bothered by a little grit. Nevertheless, I found the read to be thoroughly enjoyable. Coming in at just under 250 pages, with a plot that moves quickly, this would make for a wonderful rainy afternoon read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Captivating 17. März 2014
Von Sallie Broach - Veröffentlicht auf
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I love Wiley Cash!! I had finished his first book, A Land More Kind than Home, in the fall. Then I heard him speak and he was such a funny, witty, all-around great guy. He talked about this book and how he grew up in Gastonia, etc. So, first chance I got, I bought the book. I wasn't disappointed. His character development is very strong and the storyline is also held my attention. You will enjoy this book, I guarantee it.
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