Saturday, February 8, 2014


HarperCollins Publishers|January 20, 2014|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-06-232528-0

My Review:

Twelve-year-old, Easter and her six-year-old sister, Ruby found their young mother dead in her bed early one morning. What a terrible thing for girls so young to discover. Easter, always responsible, took Ruby by the hand and walked her to the corner pool hall to use the pay phone to call 911.

Ruby and Easter were placed into foster care but after only a short period of time there, the father they hadn't seen in years showed up and kidnapped them. He had signed away all of his parental rights to his two daughters years before.

As they're driving along the roadway, they realize they are being followed by two different men but for very different reasons. One of the men is a former Dectective and the other one is Ruby and Easter's court-appointed guardian, who has linked their father, Wade, to a multimillion dollar robbery. The other man is angry and bitter and is dtermined to collect his due.

The story is narrated in alternating voices that are at "once captivating and heartbreaking."

THIS DARK ROAD TO MERCY brings to life the power of the story and at the same time challenges us to discover all there is to know about the "emotional pull of family and the primal desire to outrun a past that refuses to let go."

Although I thoroughly enjoyed the story, I felt it was a bit too short and that the author could have added a few more details to give it more substance. I would still recommend it to anyone.


  1. One of my favorite books this year. I sometimes get impatient if books get too long and didn't mind the shorter length of this novel.
    Book Dilettante

    1. Thanks for your comment, Harvee.