This Dark Road to Mercy

by Wiley Cash | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0062325280 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Spartaca of Oldham, Greater Manchester United Kingdom on 9/14/2022
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Journal Entry 1 by Spartaca from Oldham, Greater Manchester United Kingdom on Wednesday, September 14, 2022
My copy is the 2014 hardback edition with a black cover. I bought it in a library sale because when I read it, it was interesting enough to draw me past the first page.

Journal Entry 2 by Spartaca at Oldham, Greater Manchester United Kingdom on Monday, May 1, 2023
This book is about two sisters aged 6 and 12 who are orphaned when their mother dies suddenly. She seems to have been neglectful, the girls are used to coming home from school to find almost nothing to eat in the house. Their father was something of a deadbeat and their mother had him give up his parental rights years before. But when he finds out his daughters are orphaned he comes back for them. Instead if going through the legal process to get guardianship of them again, he persuades them to run away with him from the orphanage where they've been placed. He has plenty of money but it happens to be money he's stolen. The people he stole it from got it from robbing a bank. They find out it was he who took it and start looking for him, and of course they're not going to be asking for it back nicely. The girls guardian ad litem starts looking for them too. His job is to ensure their safety. The police then find a lead to who the bank robbers are and start hunting for them. Their main concern is to get the money back, the girls' welfare is secondary. And so this turns into a police thriller about who will get to who first and who will end up still alive by the end of the story. That might sound like a slightly cliched film script but what makes this story more than that is that it is told alternately from the point of view of each of the four main characters, including the oldest girl, the guardian ad litem, and two of the villains. This makes them more complex characters than they otherwise would have been.
There is a lot in it bout baseball because the dad was once a player and he wants to teach his girls to play it too. The climax of the story takes place at a baseball game (I hope that's not giving too much away). If you're not American or you're not interested in baseball, don't worry, the baseball content is mostly self explanatory.
It does have a happy ending.
The story is well paced and grabs your interest by focussing on the two girls and what their lives have been like so you quickly relate to them. The oldest girl, Easter, is shown as a very streetwise kid who knows when the adults in her life are blagging her. I read this in a couple of sittings, it's that gripping.

Journal Entry 3 by Spartaca at Salford Crescent in Salford, Greater Manchester United Kingdom on Sunday, May 19, 2024

Released 3 wks ago (5/20/2024 UTC) at Salford Crescent in Salford, Greater Manchester United Kingdom


Picked up by another BC'er at Salford Museum and Art Gallery at the Manchester meeting on 18th May.

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