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Mercy [Kindle Edition]

Jodi Picoult
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)

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What could have been a competent, topical novel about a mercy killing becomes, in Picoult's hands, an inspired meditation on love... Picoult pays loving attention to her central characters, fashioning a sensitive exploration of the balance of love. (Publishers Weekly)

What could have been a competent, topical novel about a mercy killing becomes, in Picoult's hands, an inspired meditation on love...Picoult pays loving attention to her central characters, fashioning a sensitive exploration of the balance of love. (Publishers Weekly)

MERCY, a quietly powerful book that examines the boundaries of love and loyalty, courage and forgiveness...Picoult writes with a fine touch, a sharp eye for detail and a firm grasp of the delicacy and complexity of human relationships. (The Boston Globe)

'A heady mix of euthanasia and adultery.' (Sainsbury's Magazine)

A graceful stylist, Picoult entertains her readers not only with feel-good storytelling and irresistible characters but with consideration of such serious moral dilemmas as euthanasia and forgiveness. (Booklist)

I would be surprised if anyone who reads the first 20 pages of MERCY could put it aside again. This is the Real Thing, a novel about plausible people and important ideas told with riveting cinematic clarity. The story's edge, and the economy with which Jodi Picoult hones it, positively gleam. (Portland Oregonian)

This is a wonderful book, with many characters who are easy to care about and an ending that is satisfyingly real. (Associated Press)

'A heady mix of euthanasia and adultery.' (Sainsbury's Magazine)

'This author never produces a dud and her tale of a married police chief who has to arrest his cousin for the mercy killing of his wife is a page-turner.' (Bella)

'This moving portrayal of marriage explores the nature of love' (Woman & Home)

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"* 'What could have been a competent, topical novel about a mercy killing becomes, in Picoult's hands, an inspired meditation on love... Picoult pays loving attention to her central characters, fashioning a sensitive exploration of the balance of love.' - Publishers Weekly * 'MERCY, a quietly powerful book that examines the boundaries of love and loyalty, courage and forgiveness... Picoult writes with a fine touch, a sharp eye for detail and a firm grasp of the delicacy and complexity of human relationships.' - Boston Globe * 'A graceful stylist, Picoult entertains her readers not only with feel-good storytelling and irresistible characters but with consideration of such serious moral dilemmas as euthanasia and forgiveness.' - Booklist"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 577 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder (20 Mar 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002V091MU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,901 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jodi Picoult received an A.B. in creative writing from Princeton University and a master's degree in education from Harvard. She is the author of seventeen novels including MY SISTER'S KEEPER(now a major film starring Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin), NINETEEN MINUTES, CHANGE OF HEART and HANDLE WITH CARE. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Learn more at www.jodipicoult.co.uk.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Written 10 years ago 4 Feb 2007
By DubaiReader TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
About half way through the book I felt as many of the previous reviewers did, that this was not Jodi Picoult's best work and that the impetus had waned a bit. I remember feeling this way half way through "Keeping Faith", but that turned into a gripping page turner towards the end and for me the same was true for 'Mercy'.

Jamie McDonald smothers his terminally ill wife to end her misery. He then turns himself in to the local police chief. It is no coincidence that the chief of police is also his cousin, Cam McDonald.

Running alongside this ethical dilemma is the draw that Cam feels for the newly arrived, mysterious Mia, and the repercussions this has on his marriage.

Two well written and interwoven stories.

Written 10 years ago, this is lacking a little in comparison to Ms Picoult's current work, but her style is already clearly formed and as ever the subject matter is controversial. It has been cunningly marketed as if to convince readers that this is a new novel, indeed I bought it believing this. I wonder if this would get 3 stars if it didn't come with the high expectations attached to a Jodi Picoult book. Would give 4 1/2 stars if that were possible, 9 out of 10.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best book! 28 Aug 2006
By M. Todd
Format:Hardcover
I have read nearly all of Jodi Picoult's other books and they were all fantastic, although I think this may be the exception.

The story follows a man who kills his wife because she was dying of terminal cancer and asked him to kill her. He turns himself in to the police. It's a thought provoking and controversial theme and there aren't many books covering the topic. The ending to this euthanasia storyline was excellent. This storyline made me completely empathise with the man and ask myself if I would do the same. It's a well addressed topic and beautifully written.

However, the author has chosen to make this into an almost background issue and the main bulk of the book follows the story of the adulterous police chief and his devoted wife.

This storyline is well written also but it left me feeling rather flat to be honest, I didn't empathise with these characters and it made me irritated. The ending of this storyline was good but it certainly wasn't the ending I was hoping for at all. Despite saying all of this it did again make me think what would I do myself and it was well integrated into the main plot of the book.

Overall it is an incredibly thought provoking and well written read. It could have been much better if the euthanasia storyline was covered in more depth and if a lot less of the affair storyline had been written. I would suggest you should read her other books first to see how well it could have been written. I did enjoy reading the book so its worth a read anyway just in order to make yourself think what would you do?
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 5 Dec 2006
Format:Hardcover
I became a big Jodi Picoult fan after reading My Sister's Keeper, Plain Truth, The Pact and Keeping Faith. I have however been disappointed of late with the predictability of Ms Picoults novels, especially Vanishing Acts & Salem Falls and I'm afraid Mercy will also be joining the shelf of disappointment.

If you take out all the parts of this book about the Scottish link then all you're left with is a guy who kills his wife and goes on trial for it. The question is whether he murdered his wife or if it was a mercy killing. Basically it's the same Picoult formula and if you've read any of her previous books you'll know the ending before you even start. That wasn't so much what disappointed me. What disappointed me is the way the book just ended. There was no big climax.....everybody just went along about their day. It was a real let-down I have to say.

I'm currently debating if I can be bothered reading the Tenth Circle and to be honest I think I'll give it a while for my current disappointment to dissipate first. I can't cope with one more predictable ending right now!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 25 Jan 2007
Format:Hardcover
I am a really big fan of Jodi Picoult and have read all of her previous books but I was left disappointed with this one. It is not one of her best. I felt that the characters were unbelievable and I found myself not really caring what happens - which has never happened with Picoult's previous books. It took me a long time to read but I did finish it I found it a predictable story with not much drama.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear!!!! 2 Jan 2007
Format:Hardcover
The first book I read by JP was My Sisters Keeper which I thought was amazing. I then read Perfect Match which was also brilliant. Based on those 2 books I bought as many JP books as I could, then tried to gobble them up as quickly as possible. Unfortunately I have not read anything as good as those first two books.

I found the main character in this book to be just so dreary and wishy washy that I almost sympathised with her adulterous husband. She was such a drain to read about that I found myself almost skimming the parts she featured in. She was also a bit stupid not to realise what her hubby and only friend were up to. I need my main characters to have more backbone than this. If you're going to lay down in front of people dont be surprised if they walk over you.

There was just not enough in this book to hold my interest. Even the main thread of the book - euthanasia - wasn't written in a way which made the topic controversial and I did not find that I was battling with my own thoughts as I was with My Sisters Keeper about the rights and wrongs.

Quite a let down I'm afraid.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A gift for the wife that left her happy and kept her off my case for a bit.
Published 1 month ago by Chris Longden
5.0 out of 5 stars Mercy
Enjoyed reading this book. I ordered it my mistake, but it was good read. So was glad for the mistake.
Published 3 months ago by No name
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Excellent book but what I have come to know and expect of Jodi Picoult. Her books really make you question issues that may have only briefly fluttered across your mind.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs Amy Saffery
5.0 out of 5 stars Mercy.
Well worth reading. Up to Jodi's usual standard. I enjoyed it from beginning to finish. I skipped a few technical paragraphs.
Published 9 months ago by Rev. B. A. Huntley
4.0 out of 5 stars Mercy Jodie picoult
Enjoyed this book but not as much as others of hers I have read nineteen minutes e.g. quite a heartfelt story about love in life and death doubt I will read it again
Published 9 months ago by Michelle Crossley
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking.
This is a thought provoking book which covers a very emotive subject. It also explores the dynamics of other relationships. Overall a good read.
Published 10 months ago by LeaR
4.0 out of 5 stars A good but long read
Really enjoyed the story and couldn't wait to get to the end.. Just felt like a little long for me but not sure if this is because I read it on my phone instead of a book.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it although not so much as other Jodi picoult books
This is I think the 5th Jodi picoult book I have read. Before hand I had just finished the storyteller which is a hundred times better than this book but I Still enjoyed this book. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ms. A. Ramsdale
3.0 out of 5 stars Jodi Picoult
Please remind me not to down load Jodi Picolt. Forgot how depressing these books are. Felt I had to finish it .
Published 10 months ago by mclibby
4.0 out of 5 stars Sympathetic reading
The idea of euthanasia is one that I am fascinated by and although the story is based around a man who kills his terminally ill wife, the main overriding story is about the police... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Rachel
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